Building Autonomous Social Partners for Autistic Children

  • Sara Bernardini
  • Kaska Porayska-Pomsta
  • Tim J. Smith
  • Katerina Avramides
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7502)


We present the design and implementation of an autonomous virtual agent that acts as a credible social partner for children with Autism Spectrum Conditions and supports them in acquiring social communication skills. The agent’s design is based on principles of best autism practice and input from users. Initial experimental results on the efficacy of the agent show encouraging tendencies for a number of children.


Virtual Social Partners Pedagogical Agents Autonomy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sara Bernardini
    • 1
  • Kaska Porayska-Pomsta
    • 1
  • Tim J. Smith
    • 2
  • Katerina Avramides
    • 1
  1. 1.London Knowledge Lab., Institute of EducationUniversity of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Psychological SciencesBirkbeck, University of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

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