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Using affective avatars and rich multimedia content for education of children with autism

Konstantinidis, Evdokimos I., Hitoglou-Antoniadou, Magda, Luneski , Andrej, Panagiotis, Bamidis D. and Nikolaiodu, Maria (2009) Using affective avatars and rich multimedia content for education of children with autism. In: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments. Workshop on AHETA: "Assistive Healthcare & Educational Technologies for Special Target Groups" , 9-13 June, 2009, Corfu, Greece. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series . ACM , New York, NY, USA . ISBN 978-1-60558-409-6

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Autism is a communication disorder that mandates early and continuous educational interventions on various levels like the everyday social, communication and reasoning skills. Computer-aided education has recently been considered as a likely intervention method for such cases, and therefore different systems have been proposed and developed worldwide. In more recent years, affective computing applications for the aforementioned interventions have also been proposed to shed light on this problem. In this paper, we examine the technological and educational needs of affective interventions for autistic persons. Enabling affective technologies are visited and a number of possible exploitation scenarios are illustrated. Emphasis is placed in covering the continuous and long term needs of autistic persons by unobtrusive and ubiquitous technologies with the engagement of an affective speaking avatar. A personalised prototype system facilitating these scenarios is described. In addition the feedback from educators for autistic persons is provided for the system in terms of its usefulness, efficiency and the envisaged reaction of the autistic persons, collected by means of an anonymous questionnaire. Results illustrate the clear potential of this effort in facilitating a very promising autism intervention.

Item Type: Proceedings Paper
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © ACM, 2009. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in "Konstantinidis, E. I., Hitoglou-Antoniadou, M., Luneski, A., Bamidis, P. D., and Nikolaidou, M. M. 2009. Using affective avatars and rich multimedia content for education of children with autism. In Proceedings of the 2nd international Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related To Assistive Environments (Corfu, Greece, June 09 - 13, 2009). PETRA '09. ACM, New York, NY, 1-6. DOI= http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1579114.1579172"
Keywords: Computer-aided learning, affective computing, autism, emotions, human-computer interaction, avatars.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > University of Sheffield Research Centres and Institutes > South East European Research Centre (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Mr Andrej Luneski
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2010 13:10
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:00
Published Version: http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1579114.1579172
Status: Published
Publisher: ACM
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1145/1579114.1579172
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/11043

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