Autism is a neurodevelopment disorder characterized by severe deficiency in social interaction and communication skills. In this study, we investigated response levels of 5 healthy children to a robotic-avatar therapeutic system specially designed for children with Autism, and compared it to a pre-programmed robot designed to interact with autistic child and conventional interactive therapy conducted by a therapist. Our preliminary results show that our proposed avatar robot can increase the response and the interaction time of the child, thus increasing the attention span. On the other hand, our system can also automate and facilitate measuring the progress of interaction. The avatar robot can replicate the therapist's presence, mimicking his/her motion, transferring his/her voice, as well as, delivering feedbacks to the therapist with visuals and audio from the child environment.
|Title of host publication
|2017 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2017
|Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
|Number of pages
|Published - Aug 23 2017
|14th IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2017 - Takamatsu, Japan
Duration: Aug 6 2017 → Aug 9 2017
|14th IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2017
|8/6/17 → 8/9/17
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Control and Optimization
- Artificial Intelligence
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering