Development and evaluation of a social robot platform for therapy in autism

Daniele Mazzei, Nicole Lazzeri, Lucia Billeci, Roberta Igliozzi, Alice Mancini, Arti Ahluwalia, Filippo Muratori, Danilo De Rossi

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Abstract

People with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) have difficulty in managing interpersonal relationships and common life social situations. A modular platform for Human Robot Interaction and Human Machine Interaction studies has been developed to manage and analyze therapeutic sessions in which subjects are driven by a psychologist through simulated social scenarios. This innovative therapeutic approach uses a humanoid robot called FACE capable of expressing and conveying emotions and empathy. Using FACE as a social interlocutor the psychologist can emulate real life scenarios where the emotional state of the interlocutor is adaptively adjusted through a semi closed loop control algorithm which uses the ASD subject's inferred affective state as input. Preliminary results demonstrate that the platform is well accepted by ASDs and can be consequently used as novel therapy for social skills training.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
Pages4515-4518
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS 2011 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Aug 30 2011Sep 3 2011

Other

Other33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS 2011
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period8/30/119/3/11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics

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    Mazzei, D., Lazzeri, N., Billeci, L., Igliozzi, R., Mancini, A., Ahluwalia, A., Muratori, F., & De Rossi, D. (2011). Development and evaluation of a social robot platform for therapy in autism. In Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS (pp. 4515-4518). [6091119] https://doi.org/10.1109/IEMBS.2011.6091119