EMBOA project entitled “Affective loop in Socially Assistive Robotics as an intervention tool for children with autism” is a research and didactic project that aims at enhancement of social robot intervention in children with autism with affective computing technologies. The project is implemented in years 2019-2022 under EU Erasmus Plus Strategic Partnership for Higher Education Programme.
Rationale behind the project
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) suffer from multiple deficits, and limited social and emotional skills are among those.
There are promising results in the use of robots in supporting the social and emotional development of children with autism.
Children with autism are eager to interact with human-like looking robots.
Social robots proved to be a way to get through the social obstacles of a child and make him/her involved in the interaction.
In the project, we combine social robots, that are already used in therapy for children with autism with algorithms for automatic emotion recognition.
Identify state-of-the-art of emotion recognition applied in human-robot interaction in austism intervention, based on systematic literature review;
Performing feasibility study confirming the possibility of the application;
Identification of the best practices and obstacles in using the combination of the technologies;
Development of guidelines and practical evaluation of applying emotion recognition technologies in robot-supported intervention in children with autism;
The guidelines will be shared in English, Polish, German, Turkish and Macedonian.
What we hope to obtain is a novel approach for creating an affective loop in child-robot interaction that would enhance interventions regarding emotional intelligence building in children with autism.