SmartFunction: Immersive VR System to Assess Executive Functions


Attention deficit disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common behavioral conditions seen in children and adolescents in the United States, characterized by inattention, impulsivity, and, in some cases, hyperactivity. Our previous NSF-funded study developed a new assessment system called the Automated Test of Embodied Cognition (ATEC) that used cognitively demanding physical tasks to capture executive function in action. It proved to be a better predictor of children’s functioning than conventional testing. We now wish to leverage that work by developing a lowcost, easy-to-use virtual reality commercial system, called SF, to diagnose attention deficit and other EF deficits. Potential customers will be educators, counselors, experts in vocational rehabilitation, healthcare, families, and employers in different industries (transportation, manufacturing, services, and others).

Through our initial reviews we have identified several tasks of high importance. We are currently focusing our efforts on below mentioned tasks:

Figure 1: Proof of Concept (PoC) of the VR system based on ATEC: (a) Subject engaged in playing the “Cross Your Body (CYB)” game (b) Close-up view of the user playing “CYB” inside the VR game under the guidance of human avatar (c) Two players playing different versions of the VR game - first player playing the “CYB” and second player playing the “Pass the Ball (PTB)” (d) Game view of a player engaged in playing the PTB while being instructed by human avatar

Research Team

Prof. Fillia Makedon


Dr. Jennifer Sutton

(Director of UTA TRIO counseling services Director, Senior Personnel)

Dr. Morris Bell

(Project Psychology Consultant and Collaborator)

Enamul Karim/h4>

Ph.D. Student - UTA

Ashish Jaiswal

Ph.D. Student - UTA

Aref Hebri

Ph.D. Student - UTA

Hamza Reza Pavel

Ph.D. Student - UTA