Social Interaction

Social interaction is a building block of society. Through verbal and no-verbal behaviours, people communicate their intend. The lack of this skill is mostly present in individuals with ASD.

Emotions

 

 

Emotion is often defined as a complex state of feeling that results in physical and psychological changes that influence thought and behaviour. For children with ASD the process of recognition and displaying emotions is a very difficult task.

Generalisation

Generalisation is the ability to apply a certain knowledge to a different context different from the one it occurred. Children with ASD show impairments related to this ability.

 

January 6, 2019

DN_Insider: Robótica em Portugal: “Olá, sou um robô, estou aqui para mudar a sua vida”
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A 380 km de Oeiras, na Universidade do Minho, há também um projeto de robótica afetiva com crianças com autismo que já passou a fase de testes. O robô Zeca foi pioneiro em Portugal e testado em escolas e clínicas de Braga, Porto e Aveiro. O robô em si é o pequeno modelo Zeno R50, da Hanson Robotics,...

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January 6, 2019

Olá eu sou o Zeca, queres ser meu amigo?
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Chama-se Zeca e é um robot programado pelo Departamento de Eletrónica Industrial da Escola de Engenharia da Universidade do Minho para interagir com crianças e jovens com perturbações do espetro do autismo. O intuito deste projeto de investigação, que inclui o desenvolvimento de software de jogos sérios,...

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July 31, 2018

Robótica-Autismo Project quer constituir-se como “ferramenta intermédia” na terapia das crianças com autismo
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"Robótica-Autismo Project é o nome do projeto que surgiu em 2009, através de uma parceria da Universidade do Minho (UMinho) e a Associação Portuguesa de Pais e Amigos do Cidadão Deficiente Mental de Braga. O My Neurologia conversou com três pessoas envolvidos no projeto, no âmbito da apresentação do...

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July 23, 2018

Apresentção do Projeto Robótica Autismo num evento organizado pelos Serviços Partilhados do Ministério da Saúde (SPMS)
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Na passada terça-feira dia 17 de Julho, o projeto Robótica Autismo foi apresentado num evento organizado pelos Serviços Partilhados do Ministério da Saúde (SPMS) com o objetivo de demonstrar trabalhos na área da ....

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January 2, 2018

ENGINews – Zeca: the robot that interacts with autistic children
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"Pioneer in Portugal, the project of affective robotics was born in 2009 and already has positive results: the children who interacted with the robot acquired the competence to recognise emotions.
Robotics-Autism is the name of...

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October 20, 2017

Projeto Robótica Autismo – Curtir Ciência (CCVG)
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Na noite Europeia dos Investigadores do , ocorreu uma apresentação do Projeto Robótica-Autismo que tem como objetivo introduzir uma plataforma robótica na intervenção em crianças com PEA, analisando o efeito produzido pelo robô nos seus comportamentos sociais. No final da sessão houve uma demonstração...

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The Project

Robótica-Autismo Project started in 2009 from a partnership between University of Minho (UM) and APPACDM of Braga (Portuguese Association of Parents and Friends of Mentally Retarded Citizens).
This research project wants to use robots to improve social life of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In particular, the aim is to improve the skills of interaction, communication, and emotion recognition with the environment and with others.

Several worldwide researchers have been dedicated to the study of the influence of the use of robots in the development of cognitive and behavioral skills in children with ASD. However, we are still at an early stage of research and we are still trying to understand which are the most adequate and effective characteristics of the robots to interact with this specific target group.
Currently, there are being designed and studied new ways to interact with children with ASD at school age, using robots with greater capabilities. Know more about the project here.

Background

A robotic project of portuguese genesis at the service of autism coordinated by the researcher Filomena Soares. Founded in 2009, from the result of a partnership between the University of Minho (UM) and the Portuguese Association of Parents and Friends of the Mentally Deficient Citizen (APPACDM), consists in the use of robotic platforms as promoters of social interaction with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). It started by using the robotic platform LEGO NXT Mindstorms™ as an intervention tool in sessions with children with ASD. Nowadays, the research team is more focused on developing interactive tools with ZECA (Zeno Engaging Children with Autism) which is a robotic platform that is capable of expressing emotions.

ZECA - Zeno Engaging Children with ASD

Need more information?

PS: If you want more information on this project contact us via e-mail: roboticaautismo@gmail.com