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      DREAM - can robots help autistic children?

      Research Group Interaction Lab Resarch Environment Informatics

      DREAM - can robots help autistic children?

      Research Group Interaction Lab
      Resarch Environment Informatics

      Quick Facts

      Full project name

      DREAM - Development of Robot-Enhanced therapy for children with AutisM spectrum disorders.

      Duration

      April 2014 – March 2019

      Partners

      Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai, Plymouth University, University of Portsmouth, De Montfort University, Aldebaran Robotics and the University of Skövde.

      Financing

      The European Commission

      DREAM is a project funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the University of Skövde. The goal is to deliver the next generation robot-enhanced therapy (RET) for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), developing clinical interactive capacities for social robots that can operate autonomously for limited periods under the supervision of a psychotherapist.

      Therapeutic interventions to improve the social abilities of ASD children require a lot of time, energy and human resources. There is therefore a critical need for tools that reduce the cost and improve the effectiveness of these standard therapies.

      Easy to interact with robots

      Thanks to recent advances in technology, robot-assisted therapies (RAT) have now become possible and emerging research shows promising results. Even though current “social” robots used in therapy are simply remote-controlled by the therapists, they have shown promise as potential assessment and therapeutic tools because children with ASD express an interest in interacting socially with such systems. It has for instance been shown that children with autism proactively interact with simple robots, likely because robots are simple and predictable.

      Robot-enhanced therapy

      The goal of this project is to reduce the efforts by the therapist required to operate such social robots by increasing its autonomy (always under the supervision of the therapist), increasing its value as a tool for clinical interventions and diagnostic analysis. We refer to this next-generation approach as “robot-enhanced therapy” (RET). Future RET systems will be able to:

      • Increase the effectiveness and efficiency of therapy while reducing cost and freeing up human resources;
      • facilitate repeatable, consistent child-specific interventions, and;
      • provide the therapist with reliable data for long-term quantitative diagnostic analysis.

      External webpage

      Read more at dream2020.eu

      Project in media

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      P4 Skaraborg  (2014-09-19)

      Financed by

       The European Commission

      Contact

      Senior Lecturer in Informatics

      Participating Researchers

      Partners and financing

      EU
      Seventh Framework Programme