TitleUsing affective avatars and rich multimedia content for education of children with autism
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference2009
AuthorsKonstantinidis, Evdokimos, Luneski Andrej, Nikolaidou Maria M., Hitoglou-Antoniadou Magda, and Bamidis Panagiotis
Conference NameProceedings of the 2nd International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments
Date Published2009

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 those persons by unobtrusive and ubiquitous technologies with the engagement of an affective speaking avatar. A personalised prototype system facilitating these scenaria is described. Last but not least, we examine the feedback educators for autistic persons provide for the system in terms of its usefulness, efficiency and the envisaged reaction of the autistic persons, which has been collected by means of an anonymous questionnaire. Results illustrate the clear potential of this effort in facilitating a very promising autism intervention.