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An Interactive Game for Teaching Facial Expressions to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Orvalho, V. ; Jain, S. Jain ; Tamersoy, B. T. ; Zhang, Y. ; Aggarwal, J.

An Interactive Game for Teaching Facial Expressions to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Proc IEEE International Symp. on Control, Communications and Signal Processing - ISCCSP, Rome, Italy, Vol. 4, pp. 1 - 4, May, 2012.

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Abstract
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), a neuerodevelopmental
disability in children is a cause of major concern. The
children with ASDs find it difficult to express and recognize
emotions which makes it hard for them to interact socially.
Conventional methods use medicinal means, special education
and behavioral analysis. They are not always successful
and are usually expensive. There is a significant need to
develop technology based methods for effective intervention
and cure. We propose an interactive game design which uses
modern computer vision and computer graphics techniques.
This game tracks facial features and uses tracked features to:
1) recognize the facial expressions of the player, and 2) animate
an avatar, which mimics the player’s facial expressions.
The ultimate goal of the game is to influence the emotional
behavior of the player.