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FP7 Communication and Social Participation: Collaborative Technologies for Interaction And Learning

COSPATIAL

Project reference: 231266
Funded under

Communication and Social Participation: collaborative Technologies for interaction And Learning

From 2009-02-01 to 2012-05-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 2 158 632

EU contribution:

EUR 1 649 591

Coordinated in:

Italy

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2007-3See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

COSPATIAL will create collaborative environments to enhance interaction and learning, addressing in particular the needs of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

COSPATIAL will place multi-player virtual reality programs into public schools, aiming to help high-functioning children with autism interact socially with their teachers and normal peers.

The project provides a thorough investigation and further development of technologies aimed at learning social skills by children who are typically developing and those with autism. It adopts the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) model to describe the complexity of social competence constructs as a multidimensional framework which assumes reciprocity between the ways individuals behave in social situations. Two categories of technologies for collaborative interaction that have demonstrated the potential to be both feasible and effective for training social skills are targeted: collaborative virtual environments and shared active surfaces.

The three specific objectives are:

1.- to develop a framework based on the CBT model that explicitly formulates and illustrates how the attributes of collaborative technologies can be used to support the acquisition of social skills;

2.- to validate and refine the CBT framework via extensive user studies that entail specific tasks to test software and hardware systems capable of implementing its salient features;

3.- to investigate the ability of collaborative technologies to support the transfer and generalization of skills acquired during the specific tested tasks to ability to perform other tasks in the real world.

COSPATIAL takes inspiration from the Agile approach which posits the need for quick prototyping by small teams of programmers and designers. The project exploits this approach to foster rapid evaluation through several short cycles of participatory design, implementation, and evaluation of prototypes by involving psychologists and educators.

Objective

Social competence is a multidimensional concept that reflects a child's capacity to integrate behavioural, cognitive and affective skills in order to adapt flexibly to diverse social contexts anddemands. Social competences affect a child's ability to learn in formal and informal educationalsettings, and to interact appropriately with other children. COSPATIAL aims at providing athorough investigation and further development of technologies aimed at learning these socialskills by children who are typically developing and those with autism. We adopt the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) model to describe the complexity of social competence constructs as amultidimensional framework which assumes reciprocity between the ways individuals behave insocial situations. Two categories of technologies for collaborative interaction that havedemonstrated the potential to be both feasible and effective for training social skills are targeted:Collaborative Virtual Environments and Shared Active Surfaces. Specific objectives are (1) todevelop a framework based on the CBT model that explicitly formulates and illustrates how theattributes of collaborative technologies can be used to support the acquisition of social skills, (2)to validate and refine the CBT framework via extensive user studies that entail specific tasks totest software and hardware systems capable of implementing its salient features, and (3) toinvestigate the ability of collaborative technologies to support the transfer and generalization ofskills acquired during the specific tested tasks to ability to perform other tasks in the real world.COSPATIAL takes inspiration from the Agile approach which posits the need for quickprototyping by small teams of programmers and designers. We exploit this approach to fosterrapid evaluation through several short cycles of Participatory Design, implementation, andevaluation of prototypes by involving psychologists and educators.

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Coordinator

FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 562 622


Via Sommarive 18
38123 Povo - Trento
Italy
Administrative contact: Umberto Silvestri
Tel.: +39 0461 314375
Fax: +39 0461 302040
E-mail

Participants

BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY
Israel

EU contribution: EUR 163 080


BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
52900 RAMAT GAN
Israel
Administrative contact: Isser Peer
Tel.: +972 3 5318404
Fax: +972 3 6353277
E-mail
UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA
Israel

EU contribution: EUR 199 080


Mount Carmel, Abba Khoushi Blvd.
31905 HAIFA
Israel
Administrative contact: Suzan Aminpour
Tel.: +972 4 8240549
Fax: +972 4 8288035
E-mail
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 153 705


Highfield
SO17 1BJ SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Yan Qiao
Tel.: +44 2380593907
Fax: +44 2380596841
E-mail
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
Participation ended
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 152 484


Edgbaston
B15 2TT BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Robert Fekete
Tel.: +44 121 415 8202
Fax: +44 121 414 5056
E-mail
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 418 620


University Park
NG7 2RD NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Paul Cartledge
Tel.: +44 115 951 5679
Fax: +44 115 951 3633
E-mail
Record Number: 89241 / Last updated on: 2016-04-11