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dc.contributor.authorMilne, Marissa
dc.contributor.authorLuerssen, Martin Holger
dc.contributor.authorLewis, Trent Wilson
dc.contributor.authorLeibbrandt, Richard Eduard
dc.contributor.authorPowers, David Martin
dc.date.accessioned2011-12-02T01:53:23Z
dc.date.available2011-12-02T01:53:23Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.identifier.citationMilne, M., Luerssen, M.and Lewis, T. et al. 2010. Development of a virtual agent based social tutor for children with autism spectrum disorders. 2010 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN), 1-9.en
dc.identifier.issn1098-7576
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2328/25739
dc.description.abstractVirtual agents have been investigated as an educational tool for use with children on the autistic spectrum with positive results being gained for language skills with the use of autonomous agents and social skills with human-controlled agents. This project combines these ideas to investigate the utility of autonomous agents for teaching social skills. The virtual agent used in this project, known as the Thinking Head, has an ability to realistically portray facial expressions that lends it to this task. Two prototype modules were developed for this agent platform, one teaching basic conversation skills and the other dealing with bullying. In a pre-test-post-test evaluation, a group of children with autism who were exposed to the training modules obtained significantly higher post-test scores on their knowledge of these two topics. In addition, responses to a post-training survey indicated that participants found the virtual tutor enjoyable and useful.en
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society (IEEE Publishing)en
dc.subjectAnimationen
dc.subjectAutismen
dc.subjectKeyboardsen
dc.subjectSpeechen
dc.titleDevelopment of a virtual agent based social tutor for children with autism spectrum disordersen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.rights.licenseIn Copyright
local.contributor.authorOrcidLookupLeibbrandt, Richard Eduard: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2442-0782en_US
local.contributor.authorOrcidLookupLewis, Trent Wilson: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4025-4019en_US
local.contributor.authorOrcidLookupPowers, David Martin: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5998-2262en_US


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