Human-robot interaction as a model for autism therapy: an experimental study with children with autism

Iain Werry, K. Dautenhahn

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    Human-robot interaction is a quickly growing area of research. While most projects deal with typically developing subjects, the particular study that we report on in this chapter investigates interactions of children
    with autism with a mobile robot. We briefly motivate this approach, and then present results from a particular experimental study. This comparative study provides evidence that the robot is able to engage the children in
    interaction better than a conventional toy. These results are important since they highlight the potential of using robots in therapy and education of children with autism.
    Moreover, the work emphasizes the emergent, pro-active, and embodied nature of interaction, as applied to humanrobot interaction. These studies, carried out as part of human-robot interaction research in assistive technology
    might serve as a model for future medical intervention using robots in autism therapy.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationModeling Biology
    Subtitle of host publicationStructures, Behaviors, Evolution
    EditorsManfred D. Laubichler, Gerd B. Muller
    PublisherMIT Press
    ISBN (Print)978-0-262-12291-7, 0-262-12291-X
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

    Publication series

    NameVienna Series in Theoretical Biology
    PublisherMIT Press


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