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Effect of Different Visual Stimuli on Joint Attention of ASD Children Using NAO Robot

  • Sara AliEmail author
  • Faisal Mehmood
  • Yasar Ayaz
  • Umer Asgher
  • Muhammad Jawad Khan
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 953)

Abstract

Interaction of autistic children with socially assistive robots have shown improvements in their impairments. This research focuses on one of the core impairments i.e. joint attention of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using robot-mediated therapy. The study aims to compare the effect of different visual stimuli on joint attention. Two different visual cues i.e. rasta and blink by NAO robot are introduced. The evaluation parameters are total time for eye contact and number of eye contacts in response to generated stimuli. The experiment is conducted on 12 ASD children, 8 sessions for each cue over the period of 2 months. Each session consists of 8 trials of each category. This approach achieves 80.3% of accuracy for rasta while 65.1% for blink cue. The average eye contact time for rasta is 38.8 s and for blink is 32.4 s, signifying the effect of a prominent visual cue in improvement of joint attention.

Keywords

Human-robot interaction Autism spectrum disorder Joint attention NAO robot 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sara Ali
    • 1
    Email author
  • Faisal Mehmood
    • 1
  • Yasar Ayaz
    • 1
  • Umer Asgher
    • 1
  • Muhammad Jawad Khan
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (SMME)National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)IslamabadPakistan

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