Toward Robot-Assisted Psychosocial Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Vasiliki Holeva
  • Vasiliki-Aliki Nikopoulou
  • Maria Papadopoulou
  • Eleni Vrochidou
  • George A. Papakostas
  • Vassilis G. KaburlasosEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11876)


The effectiveness of social robots in education is typically demonstrated, circumstantially, involving small samples of students [1]. Our interest here is in special education in Greece regarding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) involving large samples of children students. Following a recent work review, this paper reports the specifications of a protocol for testing the effectiveness of robot (NAO)-based treatment of ASD children compared to conventional human (therapist)-based treatment. The proposed protocol has been developed by the collaboration of a clinical scientific team with a technical scientific team. The modular structure of the aforementioned protocol allows for implementing parametrically a number of tools and/or theories such as the theory-of-mind account from psychology; moreover, the engagement of the innovative Lattice Computing (LC) information processing paradigm is considered here toward making the robot more autonomous. This paper focuses on the methodological and design details of the proposed intervention protocol that is underway; the corresponding results will be reported in a future publication.


Social robots Autism spectrum disorders Human-robot interaction Psychological intervention Protocol design Robot-assisted therapy 



This research has been co-financed by the European Union and Greek natal ionfunds through the Operational Program Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, under the call RESEARCH – CREATE – INNOVATE (project code: T1EDK-00929).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vasiliki Holeva
    • 1
  • Vasiliki-Aliki Nikopoulou
    • 1
  • Maria Papadopoulou
    • 2
  • Eleni Vrochidou
    • 3
  • George A. Papakostas
    • 3
  • Vassilis G. Kaburlasos
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.1st Psychiatric ClinicPapageorgiou General Hospital, Aristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.Division of Child Neurology and Metabolic Disorders, 4th Department of PediatricsPapageorgiou General Hospital, Aristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  3. 3.HUman-MAchines INteraction Laboratory (HUMAIN-Lab)International Hellenic UniversityKavalaGreece

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