Thursday, 16 June 2011

KASPAR Robot celebrated as Big Idea for the Future Research selectedfor leading report

The University of Hertfordshire’s groundbreaking work on a child-like robot it developed to help children with autism, has been chosen as one of the most important research projects taking place in universities today, with the publication today (16 June) of the Big Ideas for the Future report.

The Hertfordshire team led by Professor Kerstin Dautenhahn at the University of Hertfordshire are using interactive humanoid robots as therapeutic ‘toys’ to help children with autism. They developed KASPAR (short for Kinesics and Synchronisation in Personal Assistant Robotics), a child-like robot.

KASPAR can be controlled and tailored to an individual child’s development needs. While obviously non-human, it has simple human features, minimal expressions and predictable movements. The robot acts as a mediator, encouraging children to communicate with people, at first indirectly and then directly. The research has the potential to transform the social and educational development of children living with autism in the future.

2 comments:

  1. Does anyone have personal experience of using Kaspar?

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  2. Thank you for your comment. Kaspar has been trialled with children who have autism in schools in Hertfordshire.

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