ASC-Inclusion – Integrated Internet-based Environment for Social Inclusion of Children with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC).
The main goal of this project is to develop a computer software program that will assist children with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) to understand and express emotions through facial expressions, tone-of-voice and body gestures.
This software will assist them to understand and interact with other people, and as a result, will increase their inclusion in society.
As a result of their condition, children with Autism experience difficulties in:
- Recognising, understanding and responding appropriately to other people’s facial expressions, tone-of-voice and body gestures;
- Understanding and expressing their own emotions.
These difficulties present a significant barrier to the participation and inclusion of people with Autism in all aspects of society, including education, employment, health care and social activities.
This software aims to reduce these barriers by providing a tool that empowers children with Autism to develop an understanding of how people express emotions, with minimal assistance. This tool will help to reduce the risk of social exclusion for people with Autism.
As Autism encompasses a spectrum of symptoms that vary in severity between individuals, the software will be personalisable, assisting users to recognise and develop their own facial expressions, tone-of-voice and gestures.
The software is being developed by a team of computer programmers who specialise in human-machine communication technologies and professionals in the field of Autism.
A team of professionals in the field of Autism will work with sample groups of children who have Autism to research and evaluate how the software can effectively assist people with a range of interpersonal communication abilities.
The software will combine several state-of-the-art technologies in one software program that will:
- Analyse the children’s facial expressions, vocal intonation and gestures (using standard microphones and webcams);
- Train children to recognise their own, and others’, facial expressions, tone-of-voice and body gestures, through interactive games, text communication, animations, video and audio clips;
- Personalise settings according to children’s individual needs;
- Support professionals, parents and carers with professional information, reports on children’s progress and forums to interact with other professionals and carers.
Expected achievements / impact
The software will also assist professionals and family members to provide more efficient support to people with Autism.
The software can also be helpful for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and children who have been socially neglected.
Priority / priority component
This software product will address the European Commission’s priority need for “Research on ICT for smart and personalised inclusion addressing advanced solutions to improve social and economic inclusion by means of inclusive design, accessible, personalisable and human-ICT interfaces, social computing and advanced solutions for learning and skills acquisition as well as Brain-Neural Computer Interfaces (BNCI)”*.
- Technische Universität München, Germany
- University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
- Bar Ilan University, Israel
- Spectrum ASC-Med, Poland
- Koç University, Turkey
- Compedia, Israel
- Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy
- Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
- Autism-Europe, Belgium
01.11.2011 – 31.12.2014
Institute for Human-Machine Communication
Technische Universitat München
80333 Munich, Germany
Telephone: +49 (0)89-289-28548
Fax: +49 (0)89 289-28535
* European Commission, Seventh Framework Programme, Information and Communication Technologies Work Programme 2011-2012, Challenge 5: ICT for Health, Ageing well, Inclusion and Governance, Objective ICT-2011.5.5: ICT for smart and personalised inclusion.