A human-robot interface to improve facial expression recognition in subjects with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Yean Han, Yuya Nishio, Yi Hsiang Ma, Chiaki Oshiyama, Jia Yeu Lin, Atsuo Takanishi, Sarah Cosentino

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Abstract

Waseda Anthropomorphic Saxophonist No.5 (WAS-5) will be used in the music therapy of subjects with Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The impairment to recognize facial expression by ASD in other people causes problems when interacting with other people. WAS-5 will have a protocol to train the subjects to react with specific action to specific music then transfer that correlation to the expressions made by WAS5 through classical conditioning to differentiate expressions. This research has done a preliminary experiment with a mock program of the training program on normal people with positive effects. To effectively ensure subject fully perceive the facial expression of WAS-5, a gaze detection is also being developed using OpenCV and a USB camera. This research aims to improve the social skills of ASD subjects to better interact with other people. Further experiments with ASD subjects will be done with hardware upgrade.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 9th International Conference on Awareness Science and Technology, iCAST 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages179-184
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538658260
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Oct 31
Event9th International Conference on Awareness Science and Technology, iCAST 2018 - Fukuoka, Japan
Duration: 2018 Sep 192018 Sep 21

Other

Other9th International Conference on Awareness Science and Technology, iCAST 2018
CountryJapan
CityFukuoka
Period18/9/1918/9/21

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Keywords

  • autism
  • behaviour conditioning
  • child care
  • humanoid robot
  • music robot
  • music therapy
  • social skill

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Communication

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Han, Y., Nishio, Y., Ma, Y. H., Oshiyama, C., Lin, J. Y., Takanishi, A., & Cosentino, S. (2018). A human-robot interface to improve facial expression recognition in subjects with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In 2018 9th International Conference on Awareness Science and Technology, iCAST 2018 (pp. 179-184). [8517228] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICAwST.2018.8517228