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June 1, 2016

HTW Junior Researcher Prize for Motion Analysis in Music Therapy

Loreen Pogrzeba

I've received the Junior Researcher Prize of the HTW Dresden for my research in the analysis and visualization of therapeutic effect in function-oriented music therapy. As part of my PhD project Markerless Motion Analysis in Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine I evaluate the motion data of patients with Parkinson's disease and after stroke in function-oriented music therapy (FMT) and compare them with a healthy group.


I am very happy about this award and would like to cordially thank all those involved: My PhD supervisors Prof. Markus Wacker and Prof. Bernhard Jung, Thomas Neumann, the DREMATRIX computer graphics group, the working students, the music therapists, especially Margareta Ericsson and Karina Larsson from the FMT Behandlingscenter and all patients.

More information about the HTW junior researcher price you can find here.



June 9, 2015

Our Presentation at the World Congress of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM)

Loreen Pogrzeba

I present the current research "Application of Computer-Assisted Neutral Zero Method of the Shoulder Joint in Vojta Therapy" at the 9th World Congress of the ISPRM (International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine) on Saturday, the 20th of June, as part of the poster session from 12:45 to 14:45 in the afternoon at the Maritim Hotel in Berlin. You are cordially invited!


In November 2012 I've met Heidi Orth from the International Vojta Society (IVG) at the 10th Symposium of the German Association for Music Physiology and Musicians' Medicine (DGfMM) in Dresden. We both took part in a workshop about motion analysis and started talking about the technical requirements and possibilities of motion recording technology. We stayed in touch and together with her colleague Barbara Maurer-Burkhard and Mark Schramm, a student of Media Computer Science at the HTW Dresden, we've developed a measurement protocol and software to record and analyze the motion of patients with diseases and restricted mobility at the shoulder joints. Our protocol follows the assessment of range-of-motion (ROM) measurements and facilitates insights into the specific execution of motion exercises and the archieved maximum ROM at the shoulder joints. In addition, these measurements enable analysis of the short-term effect of the Vojta therapy and could allow future insights into long-term effects if the measurements are conducted parallel to the rehabilitation process. The research ist part of the PhD project Motion Analysis in Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.


Nov. 26, 2014

Invitation to the 18th Bilateral Student Workshop CVUT Prag - HTW Dresden

Loreen Pogrzeba

The 18th Bilateral Student Workshop CVUT Prag - HTW Dresden will take place in Dresden on the 28-29th of November. Undergraduate and graduate students and professors from both universities will discuss in 14 presentations and one demonstration current research in the field of computer graphics, HCI, usability, recording and scanning technology. Enjoy the interesting talks this Friday, 10am-18pm, at the HTW Library (Room B302) and on Saturday, 10-12am at the Technical Collections of the City Dresden (tower room).

Amongst others DREMATRIX will be presented by:


  • >>> Prof. Böhme, Prof. Wacker, Stefanie Münch and Erik Zimmermann: Opening & Presentation of the new Institute at the Faculty of Informatics/Mathematics at the HTW Dresden

  • >>> Jens Friedrich und Steve Kuttig: Detecting Errors on Leather Skin – Methods and Applications

  • >>> Loreen Pogrzeba: If Numerics Decide on Health Status: Capture and Measure Progress of Therapy


  • The event is organized by the in 2014 founded research institute for computer science and mathematics of the HTW Dresden and funded by the German Academic Exchange Service "Ostpartnerschaften".


July 28, 2014

Our presentation at the ICMPC 13 - APSCOM 5 next week in South Korea

Loreen Pogrzeba

I will present a scientific paper on the ICMPC 13 - APSCOM 5 in South Korea next week. This is the story on how this came about. Click here to go straight to the abstract ...


In the end of 2010 I’ve met the music therapist Minea Alvsten and was fascinated by the FMT therapy approach. As I heard later, functional music therapy (FMT) is a non-verbal active music therapy, which is focused on the neuropsychological development of patients, evaluated by the observation of the patients' motor skills. The therapist uses music as a tool to communicate with the individually treated person, and to motivate the person emotionally to perceive, react, move, play, and interact.


This description opens up many questions: How does the therapist “communicate” with the patient without using words? What does he do during therapy? And what is he looking for, so what defines improvements of the “patient’s motor skills’”?


As a former student in media computer science and current PhD student in motion analysis I have a special interest in this bodily improvements and how I could record, measure, analyze and visualize them. That’s why I went to Sweden for half a year in summer 2012. I’ve lived in Eskilstuna, 100 km from Stockholm, and worked at the FMT Behandlingscenter Eskilstuna. Together with Margareta and Karina I’ve recorded the motion of 20 patients (10 with Stroke, 10 with Parkinson’s disease) for later analysis. I’ve attended lessons in FMT at the Musikhögskolan Ingesund, 260 km from Stockholm, and learnt Swedish. And I spoke to many inspiring and interesting FMT therapists or just listened to them, e. g. to all the future therapists in Ingesund, to Margareta and Karina, Anita Granberg, Salome Persson, Ulla Sterner, Mikael Walldin, Gunnar Smideman, Lars Persson, Sol-Britt Häggblom, and Jennie Karf. Many thanks to all of you, for your time and effort!


In the course of all these conversations I got an understanding to which motion skills FMT therapist pay attention. And we’ve learned to understand each other, the different ways of thinking, expressing ideas, “therapeutic” and “technical” language. Thus Margareta Ericsson and Karina Larsson from the FMT Behandlingscenter, my doctor supervisors Markus Wacker and Bernhard Jung, and I wrote a scientific paper about how to analyze FMT from both the perspectives of a computer scientist and a FMT therapist. We created a kind of 3d motion data vocabulary which is meaningful, understandable, comprehensible and objectively measurable for our two different working disciplines.


In one week I will have the honor to present our scientific paper at the 13th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition and the 5th Conference for the Asia-Pacific Society for Cognitive Sciences of Music in Seoul, South Korea.


You are cordially invited to listen to my talk on how to analyze FMT using a 3D motion data vocabulary on Friday, the 8th of August in session 9B “Music Therapy: Rhythm and Motor” from 10 to 10:30 am at the Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. Here you can find the abstract. Feel free to contact me to discuss your questions and ideas, perhaps during lunch or just anywhere at the conference. I am highly looking forward to get to know you.


This talk is just one further step to develop a computer-assisted analysis software for FMT. If you cannot be on location and are curious for more information just send me an e-mail with your questions or visit my PhD website with further information!




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