UCL Avatar Therapy System

The UCL Avatar Therapy system comprises software for the delivery of Avatar Therapy by trained clinicians within a clinical environment.

System Functionality

The UCL-AT System performs the following functions:

  1. Enrolment of clinicians
  2. Enrolment of patients
  3. Selection of avatar voice characteristics
  4. Selection of avatar face characteristics
  5. Running of therapy session between two computers, with live voice conversion, avatar animation and lip synchronisation
  6. Recording of therapy session as audio file
  7. Record keeping of outcomes of therapy sessions

Computer requirements

Two computer systems are required to run the Avatar Therapy system - one for the Clinician console and one for the Patient console. Two modern Windows laptops connected by a dedicated wired or wireless network connection are likely to be satisfactory.

The Avatar Therapy system requires the following minimum hardware specification for each PC:

  • PC System running Windows 7 or later.
  • CPU Speed better than 2.5GHz.
  • Memory better than 8Gb.
  • Disk capacity better than 100Gb (1Gb for avatar therapy system).
  • Display better than 1280x1024 pixels.
  • Graphics hardware supporting hardware accelerated 3D graphics.
  • Internet connectivity for download of software (optional, recommended).
  • Network connectivity for therapy session (wired connection recommended).
  • Good quality audio input for microphone and audio output for headphones, or USB connections for USB audio hardware.
  • Webcam for Patient console only.

In addition, the following audio and video hardware is required:

  • Headset (headphones+boom microphone) for clinician.
  • Speakers and table microphone for patient.
  • Webcam for patient console.

Licensing arrangements

We are currently offering two types of licence:

Evaluation Licence
This is a free, fixed term licence which allows clinicians to evaluate the UCL AT software for a short period of time. Limited technical support is available. It is not intended that this licence be used for actual treatment of patients.
Scientific Trials Licence
This licence allows clinicians to run a clinical trial of Avatar Therapy with patients. It is essential that the trial is covered by local ethical agreements. For trials, we do not charge for the use of the software, but we do make a mandatory charge for technical support. Typically technical support is provided under the terms of a Service Agreement that specifies the level of service supplied, and covers installation, training in the software, software updates and bug fixes.

In the near future we hope to obtain certification for the UCL AT system as a medical device. This will allow the system to be licensed on a subscription basis, inclusive of software updates and technical support. This licence will allow general use of the software for treatment of patients.

Who to contact for more information

  • If you are interested in finding out about the future clinical availability of Avatar Therapy, please contact Prof. Tom Craig at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. thomas.craig@kcl.ac.uk
  • If you are interested in how the Avatar Therapy software system works or what hardware would be required to run the system, please contact Prof. Mark Huckvale at the Department of Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences, University College London: m.huckvale@ucl.ac.uk
  • If you are a clinician interested in obtaining a licence to evaluate the software system, please contact Derek Reay at UCL Business: d.reay@uclb.com.
  • If you are a clinician interested in attending a training course on how Avatar Therapy can be used with patients, please contact Prof. Alex Leff at Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London: a.leff@ucl.ac.uk

© 2017 Mark Huckvale