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DE-ENIGMA Project – Robots Teaching Children with ASD to Mind Read: A Feasibility Study of Child-Robot Interaction during Emotion-Recognition Training

Posted by Jeff Goodman | May 11, 2017 7:00:00 PM


Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often have difficulty recognizing emotions and facial expressions relative to typically developing children. Several existing projects have shown promise in using robot-assisted interventions for social and academic skills teaching with children with ASD, including emotion recognition. Robots can be more predictable and less complex than interaction with humans, and may be more “comfortable” for autistic children. Little is known, however, about the levels of language, cognitive skill, or sensory tolerance that are necessary or desirable for robot-assisted interventions to be implemented effectively for autistic children.


A. M. Alcorn1, T. Tavassoli1, S. Babović Dimitrijevic2, S. Petrović2, S. Skendzic2, V. Petrović2 and E. Pellicano3, (1)UCL Institute of Education, University College London, Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE), London, United Kingdom, (2)Serbian Society of Autism, Belgrade, Serbia, (3)Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE), UCL Institute of Education, University College London, London, United Kingdom

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