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Integrated Internet-Based Environment for Social Inclusion of Children with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC)

Integrated Internet-Based Environment for Social Inclusion of Children with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC)

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. Current studies suggest 1% of the population might fit an ASC diagnosis. 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 computerized environment. Their affinity for the computerized environment has led to several attempts to teach emotion recognition and expression, and social problem solving to individuals with ASC, using computer-based training.
In the last decade, web applications have been increasingly used for social interaction, forming online communities and social networks. Anecdotal reports of the emergence of online autistic communities, and the use of forums and virtual-worlds, show the great promise the internet holds for better inclusion and social skills training for users/people with ASC. Since intervention into ASC has been shown to be more effective when provided early in life, using the internet as a platform for the support of younger individuals with ASC could significantly promote their social inclusion.
The proposed project aims to create and evaluate the effectiveness of such an internet-based platform, directed for children with ASC (and other groups like ADHD and socially-neglected children) and those interested in their inclusion. This platform will combine several state-of-the art technologies in one comprehensive virtual world, including analysis of users' gestures, facial and vocal expressions using standard microphone and webcam, training through games, text communication with peers and smart agents, animation, video and audio clips. User's environment will be personalized, according to individual profile & sensory requirements, as well as motivational. 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.
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Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Address

Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 374 960

Administrative Contact

Bjoern Schuller (Dr.)

Participants (8)

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Autism Europe

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 81 750

BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 223 590

COMPEDIA SOFTWARE & HARDWARE DEVELOPMENT LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 384 750

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 275 910

RYNKIEWICZ AGNIESZKA OLGA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 178 864

KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 129 120

KOC UNIVERSITY

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 206 906

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 642 910

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 289021

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2011

  • End date

    31 December 2014

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 265 771

  • EU contribution

    € 2 498 760

Coordinated by:

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany