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Project INSIDE: towards autonomous semi-unstructured human–robot social interaction in autism therapy


Abstract This paper describes the INSIDE system, a networked robot system designed to allow the use of mobile robots as active players in the therapy of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). While a significant volume of work has explored the impact of robots in ASD therapy, most such work comprises remotely operated robots and/or well-structured interaction dynamics. In contrast, the INSIDE system allows for complex, semi-unstructured interaction in ASD therapy while featuring a fully autonomous robot. In this paper we describe the hardware and software infrastructure that supports such rich form of interaction, as well as the design methodology that guided the development of the INSIDE system. We also present some results on the use of our system both in pilot and in a long-term study comprising multiple therapy sessions with children at Hospital Garcia de Orta, in Portugal, highlighting the robustness and autonomy of the system as a whole.
Year 2018
Keywords Miscellaneous;Affective Computing;
Authors Francisco S. Melo, Alberto Sardinha, David Belo, Marta Couto, Miguel Faria, Anabela Farias, Hugo Gambôa, Cátia Jesus, Mithun Kinarullathil, Pedro Lima, Luís Luz, André Mateus, Isabel Melo, Plinio Moreno, Daniel Osório, Ana Paiva, Jhielson Pimentel, João Rodrigues, Pedro Sequeira, Rubén Solera-Ureña, Miguel Vasco, Manuela Veloso, Rodrigo Ventura
Journal Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
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@article { melo18, abstract = {This paper describes the INSIDE system, a networked robot system designed to allow the use of mobile robots as active players in the therapy of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). While a significant volume of work has explored the impact of robots in ASD therapy, most such work comprises remotely operated robots and/or well-structured interaction dynamics. In contrast, the INSIDE system allows for complex, semi-unstructured interaction in ASD therapy while featuring a fully autonomous robot. In this paper we describe the hardware and software infrastructure that supports such rich form of interaction, as well as the design methodology that guided the development of the INSIDE system. We also present some results on the use of our system both in pilot and in a long-term study comprising multiple therapy sessions with children at Hospital Garcia de Orta, in Portugal, highlighting the robustness and autonomy of the system as a whole.}, journal = {Artificial Intelligence in Medicine}, keywords = {Miscellaneous;Affective Computing;}, title = {Project INSIDE: towards autonomous semi-unstructured human–robot social interaction in autism therapy}, year = {2018}, author = {Francisco S. Melo and Alberto Sardinha and David Belo and Marta Couto and Miguel Faria and Anabela Farias and Hugo Gambôa and Cátia Jesus and Mithun Kinarullathil and Pedro Lima and Luís Luz and André Mateus and Isabel Melo and Plinio Moreno and Daniel Osório and Ana Paiva and Jhielson Pimentel and João Rodrigues and Pedro Sequeira and Rubén Solera-Ureña and Miguel Vasco and Manuela Veloso and Rodrigo Ventura} }

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