Past Projects


Serious Games

Virtual Pink Dolphin-assisted Therapy for Children with Autism

We develop educational games for learning and training purpose with the aid of virtual tutors or virtual trainers. We work particularly to train autism children to interact with virtual dolphins.


  • Yiyu Cai, The Wonders of Virtual Reality Technology as A Teaching Tool for Early Childhood Teachers, YWCA Inaugural Conference on Person-Centeredness and Inclusive Early Childhood Education, YWCA FORT CANNING LODGES, Singapore, September 18, 2015
  • Yiyu Cai, Model-based Learning using Virtual Pink Dolphins for Special Needs Education, Symposium of Bringing Simulations and Serious Gaming to The Classroom, Aligning Technology, Teachers and Students, 16th Biennial Conference of European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Cyprus, August 29, 2015
  • Yiyu Cai, Design and Development of A Virtual Dolphinarium for Children with Autism, 4th Workshop on Child Computer Interaction, September 19, 2014


Funding Support: Temasek Trust Funded Singapore Millennium Foundation
Grant: SGD$ 728,350
Period of Funding: September 2013 – December 2015

Principal Investigator

Assoc Prof Yiyu Cai
School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Co-Principal Investigators

Prof Nadia Magnenat Thalmann
Institute for Media Innovation

Assoc Prof Jianmin Zheng
School of Computer Engineering 

Prof Daniel Thalmann
Institute for Media Innovation