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DE-ENIGMA: Multi-Modal Human-Robot Interaction for Teaching and Expanding Social Imagination in Autistic Children

Objective

Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC, frequently defined as ASD - Autism Spectrum Disorders) are neurodevelopmental conditions, characterized by social communication difficulties and restricted and repetitive behaviour patterns. There are over 5 million people with autism in Europe – around 1 in every 100 people, affecting lives of over 20 million people each day. Alongside their difficulties, individuals with ASC tend to have intact and sometimes superior abilities to comprehend and manipulate closed, rule-based, predictable systems, such as robot-based technology.

Over the last couple of years, this has led to several attempts to teach emotion recognition and expression to individuals with ASC, using humanoid robots. This has been shown to be very effective as an integral part of the psychoeducational therapy for children with ASC. The main reason for this is that humanoid robots are perceived by children with autism as being more predictable, less complicated, less threatening, and more comfortable to communicate with than humans, with all their complex and frightening subtleties and nuances.

The proposed project aims to create and evaluate the effectiveness of such a robot-based technology, directed for children with ASC. This technology will enable to realise robust, context-sensitive (such as user- and culture-specific), multimodal (including facial, bodily, vocal and verbal cues) and naturalistic human-robot interaction (HRI) aimed at enhancing the social imagination skills of children with autism. The proposed will include the design of effective and user-adaptable robot behaviours for the target user group, leading to more personalised and effective therapies than previously realised. Carers will be offered their own supportive environment, including professional information, reports of child’s progress and use of the system and forums for parents and therapists.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics/autonomous robots

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 597 511

Participants (8)

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 868 085
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT PASSAU

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 250 000
Address
Innstrasse 41
94032 Passau
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUTUL DE MATEMATICA AL ACADEMI EI ROMANE INSTITUTE OF MATHEMATICS SIMION STOILOW OF THE ROMANIAN ACA DEMY
Romania
EU contribution
€ 438 250
Address
Calea Grivitei 21
010702 Bucurest
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 788 400
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Savez udruzenja Srbije za pomoc osobama sa autizmom
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 190 154,25
Address
38, Gundulicev Venac Street
11000 Belgrade
Activity type
Other
AUTISME-EUROPE AISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 144 062,50
Address
Rue Montoyer 39
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
IDMIND - ENGENHARIA DE SISTEMAS LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 262 375
Address
Estrada Do Paco Do Lumiar - Polo Tecnologico De Lisboa Lote 1
1600546 Lisboa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAET AUGSBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 365 350
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 2
86159 Augsburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments