Faculty Advisor

Chernova, Sonia

Faculty Advisor

Fischer, Gregory S.

Faculty Advisor

Looft, Fred J.

Abstract

Autism Spectrum Disorder affects many children across the world. Through the use of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy, improvements in behavior and social outcomes have been observed. We have developed a new, robust, and durable research platform designed to interact with children through basic ABA therapy in order to test the effectiveness of robots in autism therapy. This platform is able to log therapy sessions while interacting with the child in an innovative way through multiple degrees of freedom. The platform is also designed to be expandable by future researchers with the ability to integrate both additional actuators and sensors. Lastly, the entire structure is modular in its construction, meaning entire modules can be removed and added in the future with minimal effort.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Major

Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Computer Science

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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