The ASC-Inclusion Perceptual Serious Gaming Platform for Autistic Children

‘Serious games’ are becoming extremely relevant to individuals who have specific needs, such as children with an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). Often, individuals with an ASC have difficulties in interpreting verbal and non-verbal communication cues during social interactions. The ASC-Inclusion EU-FP7 funded project aims to provide children who have an ASC with a platform to learn emotion expression and recognition, through play in the virtual world. In particular, the ASC-Inclusion platform focuses on the expression of emotion via facial, vocal, and bodily gestures. The platform combines multiple analysis tools, using on-board microphone and web-cam capabilities. The platform utilises these capabilities via training games, text-based communication, animations, video and audio clips. This paper introduces current findings and evaluations of the ASC-Inclusion platform and provides detailed description for the different modalities.

Index Terms—Autism Spectrum Condition, inclusion, virtualcomputerised environment, emotion recognition, AI in games.

Authors: Erik Marchi, Bjorn Schuller, Alice Baird, Simon Baron-Cohen, Amandine Lassalle, Helen O’Rielly, Delia Pigat, Peter Robinson, Ian Davies, Tadas Baltrusaitis, Ofer Golan, Shimrit Fridenson-Hayo, Shahar Tal, Shai Newman, Noga Meir-Goren, Antonio Camurri, Stefano Piana, Sven Bolte, Metin Sezgin, Nese Alyuz, Agnieszka Rynkiewicz, Aurelie Baranger

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