UT Researchers Create Robot for Early Screening of Autism

Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 13:01

Researchers from University of Tehran have designed and created a robot for early screening and diagnosis of Autism spectrums.

According to an ISCA report, Dr. Hadi Moradi, the research executor and head of Machine Intelligence and Robotics of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in University of Tehran, stated that the robot can work as a screening tool to diagnose autistic children.

He explained that the the interactions of several autistic children with the robot have been observed and compared to the interaction of a group of normal children with the robot to determine the important behavioral features separating the autistic children from the normal ones.

Based on the research, the experiments show that there are significant differences between autistic and normal children pertaining to their communication with the robot, repetitive behaviors and sustaining attention.

The results show the effectiveness of using robots in screening developmental disorders such as autism, highlighting the importance of Robot Assisted Screening (RAS) or intelligent toys in this field.

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