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    ECHOES: an intelligent serious game for fostering social communication in children with autism

    Bernardini, S. and Porayska-Pomsta, Kaska and Smith, Tim J. (2014) ECHOES: an intelligent serious game for fostering social communication in children with autism. Information Sciences 264 , pp. 41-60. ISSN 0020-0255.

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    This paper presents ECHOES, a serious game built to help young children with Autism Spectrum Conditions practice social communication skills. We focus on the design and implementation of the interactive learning activities, which take place in a two-dimensional sensory garden, and the autonomous virtual agent, which acts as a credible social partner to children with autism. Both the activities and the agent are based on principles of best autism practice and input from users. Specification guidelines are given for building an autonomous socially competent agent that supports learning in this context. We present experimental results pertaining to the effectiveness of the agent based on an extensive evaluation of the ECHOES platform, which show encouraging tendencies for a number of children.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Virtual Social Partners, Pedagogical Agents, Autonomous Intelligent Agents, Emotional Agents, Artificial Intelligence Planning, Autism, Social Communication
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Moving Image, Birkbeck Institute for the (BIMI), Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2013 11:10
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:08


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