Autonomous Robot-mediated Imitation Learning for Children with Autism

"The results demonstrate that the developed robotic system is well-tolerated by the target population, engaged the children with ASD more than a human therapist, and produced performances that were relatively better than that of a human therapist."

Zheng, Z., Das, S., Young, E. M., Swanson, A., Warren, Z., & Sarkar, N.

Engaging Students with Profound and Multiple Disabilities Using Humanoid Robots

"Rated engagement was significantly higher with the robot than in the classroom. Observations of engagement, assistance, and goal achievement remained at the same level throughout the sessions suggesting no reduction in the novelty factor."

Standen, P., Brown, D., Roscoe, J., Hedgecock, J., Stewart, D., Trigo, M. J. G., & Elgajiji, E. (2014).

Robotic Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Protocol: Basis for Cognitive and Interactive Robotic Systems.

"Preliminary results obtained through the implementation of two tasks indicate that conducting full-scale sessions with all the tasks is feasible, while modular design allows for easy addition of new tasks and behaviours."

Petric, F.

Brief Report: A Pilot Summer Robotics Camp to Reduce Social Anxiety and Improve Social/Vocational Skills in Adolescents with ASD

"The ASD group showed a significant decrease in social anxiety and both groups showed an increase in robotics knowledge, although neither group showed a significant increase in social skills. These initial findings suggest that this approach is promising and warrants further study"

Kaboski, J. R., Diehl, J. J., Beriont, J., Crowell, C. R., Villano, M., Wier, K., & Tang, K. (2014). 1–8. doi:10.1007/s10803-014-2153-3

Can NAO Robot Improve Eye-Gaze Attention of Children with High Functioning Autism?

"The results of the current study provide evidence that participants with ASD can learn to interact with the humanoid robot and engage in an important social-communicative behavior (i.e., making and maintaining eye contact). Results also show that participants learned to make and maintain increasing levels of eye contact across sessions with the humanoid robot suggesting that participants were engaging with and attending to the robot in ways that make the robot a potentially useful clinical tool."

Feng, H., Gutierrez, A., Zhang, J., & Mahoor, M. H. (2013). IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics (ICHI) (pp. 484–484). doi:10.1109/ICHI.2013.72

Pilot clinical application of an adaptive robotic system for young children with autism

"Children in both groups spent more time looking at the humanoid robot and were able to achieve a high level of accuracy across trials."

Bekele, E., Crittendon, J. A., Swanson, A., Sarkar, N., & Warren, Z. E. (2014)