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A collaboration between Särskolan in Umeå, Habiliteringscentrum, Region Västerbotten, Viva arbetsmarknad, Umeå University and Tensaii AB to develop a mixed reality aid for youths with autism.

Collaborative Mixed

Reality Aid

The CMRA project is a project that started in spring 2019, with the purpose of developing a collaborative mixed reality aid for young people with autism.

In April 9, 2019, the CMRA project was granted financial support from Vinnova - the Swedish Innovation Authority. Which meant that we could begin the innovation process.


We want to create a powerful interactive aid, with mixed reality and artificial intelligence, which helps young people with autism to practice challenging social situations under controlled conditions in a simulated environment.

CMRA will make the users become more independent and confident in participating in everyday activities, outside their routines, linked to work and school as well as sports and leisure. We want to help young people with autism to be able to participate in society on more equal terms, and contribute to an increased quality of life.

"We want to help young people with autism to be able to participate in society on more equal terms. In that way we we want to contribute to an increased quality of life."


Information and insights regarding CMRA, VR and autism.


Nu har vi kommit halvvägs in i projektet och tyckte att det var dags för projektteamet att få pröva utrustning för VR och stressmätning samt uppleva olika miljöer själv.  Efter en höst fylld av workshops, möten med användare, föräldrar och organisationer som arbetar...

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CMRA inleder ett samarbete med forskare inom technostress

CMRA-projektet har i dagarna inlett ett samarbete med Dr Leona Chandra Kruse från Universität Liechtenstein och Dr David Agogo från Florida International University. De kommer att studera vår designprocess i projektet samt hur projektteamet samverkar och kommer också...

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Workshop för innovation med VR

Tillsammans med Habiliteringen i Region Västerbotten och Institutionen för Psykologi höll vi i en workshop på Umeå Universitet under tisdagen. Vi utforskade hur man kan arbeta fram ett scenario för ett hjälpmedel i VR på ett lätt men effektivt sätt. Deltagarna fick...

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Öppna innovationsworkshops via Vinnova och SKL

Under två dagar kommer Tensaii och Habiliteringen i Region Västerbotten att bjuda på öppna innovationsworkshops där man får möjligheten att få delta i en del i innovationsprocessen i vårt projekt.Digitala adaptiva hjälpmedel – workshop för innovation med VRPå tisdag...

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God uppslutning på kick-off

Den 15:de maj träffades medverkande från CMRA för kick-off. Eftersom projektet har så många medverkande från olika organisationer träffades många för första gången och det blev ett avslappnat tillfälle att koppla ansikten till alla de namn som figurerar inom projektet.
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Introduction of the CMRA Project. Alexandra Björnham, Project Manager, Tensaii AB (In Swedish)


The CMRA project is run by Tensaii AB and will be managed through regular workshops with the project’s various experts and the target audience. We work agile and after each workshop the solution will be iterated and improved.

A prototype

in June 2020!


A pre-study will begin in the autumn of 2019 together with researchers and target groups led by Tensaii. In the pre-study it will be determined, among other things, which technical platform will be used and how the collaboration will be set up. Experts at Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence will play a central role in determining what is technically possible to implement.


The actual programming of the software, simulation and AI will take place between August 2019 and May 2020.


A number of workshops will be carried out throughout the project period. It is during these workshops the most important work can be done since we will be able to ensure that the aid becomes pedagogical and medically correct and meets the needs of the target group.

Test and evaluation 

During the spring of 2020, the aid will be tested and evaluated together with target representatives. All the project partners will participate.



Tensaii AB will manage the project and has the main responsibility for the conceptualization, design and development of the application. Tensaii has experience in developing digital products and services in close collaboration with target groups. They can also contribute with expertise in UX design, project management and development of virtual reality applications.

Alexandra Björnham – Project Manager

Paul Alvarado Mendoza – UX (User Experience) Strategist

Sabina Pawlus – UX (User Experience) Lead

Mikael Hertz – Virtual Reality expert

Alexander Olsson – Utvecklare

Alfonso Huidobro Pereda – UX & Service Designer


The department of education at Umeå University contributes with competence in pedagogy, research and teaching of information and communication technologies (ICT) and learning. They can also provide expertise in special needs education.

Limin Gu – Researcher and Senior lecturer

Monica Liljeström – Researcher and Senior lecturer


Viva arbetsmarknad works with labour market issues that concern people with disabilities and changeover. They have extensive experience of working with people outside the labour market and knows the challenges for people with autism in particular.

Maria Almqvist – Coordinator

Jonas Öberg – Coordinator


Contributes with expertise in Artificial Intelligence and coordinates the project.

Juan Carlos Nives Sanchez – Researcher in Artificiell Intelligence

Helena Lindgren – Researcher in Artificiell Intelligence

Tobias Tovedal – Project Coordinator


Habiliteringscentrum works with habilitation
for children, young people and adults with disabilities. Hjälpmedel 
Västerbotten offers and adjusts aids for people with disabilities.

Jeanette Löfgren – Psychologist

Ewa Jonson – Special needs teacher

Pia-Lena Albertsson – Aid consultant for cognitive support

Markus Eriksson – Aid consultant

Erika Lundström – Psychologist

Yannick Kercoff – Psychologist

Helena Eklund – Special needs teacher


Särskolan is the project's main stakeholder and through continuous feedback from them we will be able to ensure that the needs of the target group are met.

Inger Edström Dahlgren – Development lead Särskolan

Marielle Morefält – Principal Carlshöjdskolan

Anna Steigert – Assisting principal Gymnasiesärskolan Umeå

Lisa Lestander Flod – Principal Grundsärskolan Haga

Are you interested in contributing to the project?

Contact us!

We are interested in reaching out to as many of you in the spectrum as possible to help us develop this application.



If you have any questions. Please contact:

Alexandra Björnham, Project Manager

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