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Webinar: Brian Scassellati explores robotics in autism research

29 November 2017
The Presenter

Brian Scassellati

Professor, Yale University

Here’s how Scassellati describes what he will discuss in this webinar:

Over the past decade, there has been growing excitement about the potential of robotics as a tool for researching and treating autism. At the same time, autism researchers who use robotics in the lab increasingly collaborate with clinicians to investigate the viability of using robots to improve social and behavioral skills in individuals with autism.

In this webinar, I will give an overview of the evidence that generated the initial excitement over robots as an autism intervention. I will also discuss the hurdles researchers have to overcome to build robots that can effectively help people on the spectrum practice social skills. Finally, I will demonstrate some of the limitations of this type of intervention.

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