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Designing an Intelligent Partner for Social Communication in Autism

Bernardini, Sara and Porayska-Pomsta, Kaska and Sampath, Harini (2013) Designing an Intelligent Partner for Social Communication in Autism. In: Proceedings of the Ninth Annual AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment. AAAI Press . Association for the Advancemement of Artificial Intelligence, Boston, Massachusetts. ISBN 9781577356073

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Abstract

This paper describes the Intelligent Engine (IE) of ECHOES, a serious game built for helping young children with Autism Spectrum Conditions acquire social communication skills. ECHOES IE’s main component is an autonomous virtual agent that acts as a credible social partner for children with autism by engaging them in interactive learning activities. The other IE components are a user model, a drama manager and a social communication engine. We discuss how AI technology allows us to satisfy the requirements for the design of the agent and the learning activities that we identified through consultations with children and carers and a review of best practices for autism intervention. We present experimental results pertaining to the agent’s effectiveness, which show encouraging improvements for a number of children.

Item Type: Book Section
Controlled Keywords: Artificial Agents, Autism Intervention, Human-Agent Interaction, Computer Science(all)
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > London Knowledge Lab
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2014 09:16
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:53
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