Robotic Playmates

Analysing Interactive Competencies of Children with Autism Playing with a Mobile Robot
  • Kerstin Dautenhahn
  • Iain Werry
  • John Rae
  • Paul Dickerson
  • Penny Stribling
  • Bernard Ogden
Part of the Multiagent Systems, Artificial Societies, and Simulated Organizations book series (MASA, volume 3)


This chapter discusses two analysis techniques that are being used in order to study how children with autism interact with an autonomous, mobile and ‘social’ robot in a social setting that also involves adults. A quantitative technique based on micro-behaviours is outlined. The second technique, Conversation Analysis, provides a qualitative and more detailed investigation of the sequential order, local context a nd social situatedness of interaction a nd communication competencies of children with autism. Preliminary results indicate the facilitating role of the robot and its potential to be used in autism therapy.


Mobile Robot Autistic Child Intelligent Agent Social Robot Robotic Platform 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kerstin Dautenhahn
    • 1
  • Iain Werry
    • 2
  • John Rae
    • 3
  • Paul Dickerson
    • 3
  • Penny Stribling
    • 3
  • Bernard Ogden
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HertfordshireUK
  2. 2.University of ReadingReadingUK
  3. 3.University of Surrey RoehamptonUK

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