How to build a supervised autonomous system for robot-enhanced therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder

Esteban, Pablo G. and Baxter, Paul and Belpaeme, Tony and Billing, Erik and Cai, Haibin and Cao, Hoang-Long and Coeckelbergh, Mark and Costescu, Cristina and David, Daniel and De Beir, Albert and Fang, Yinfeng and Ju, Zhaojie and Kennedy, James and Liu, Honghai and Mazel, Alexandre and Pandey, Amit and Richardson, Kathleen and Senft, Emmanue and Thill, Serge and Van de Perre, Greet and Vanderborght, Bram and Vernon, David and Yu, Hui and Ziemke, Tom (2017) How to build a supervised autonomous system for robot-enhanced therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder. Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics, 8 (1). ISSN 2080-9778

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Abstract

Robot-Assisted Therapy (RAT) has successfully been used to improve social skills in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) through remote control of the robot in so-called Wizard of Oz (WoZ) paradigms.However, there is a need to increase the autonomy of the robot both to lighten the burden on human therapists (who have to remain in control and, importantly, supervise the robot) and to provide a consistent therapeutic experience. This paper seeks to provide insight into increasing the autonomy level of social robots in therapy to move beyond WoZ. With the final aim of improved human-human social interaction for the children, this multidisciplinary research seeks to facilitate the use of social robots as tools in clinical situations by addressing the challenge of increasing robot autonomy.We introduce the clinical framework in which the developments are tested, alongside initial data obtained from patients in a first phase of the project using a WoZ set-up mimicking the targeted supervised-autonomy behaviour. We further describe the implemented system architecture capable of providing the robot with supervised autonomy.

Keywords:Robot-Enhanced Therapy, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Supervised Autonomy, Multi-sensory Data, Cognitive Controller
Subjects:H Engineering > H671 Robotics
G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G440 Human-computer Interaction
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
ID Code:27519
Deposited On:19 May 2017 10:32

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