Dr. Lewis discussed the procedures and results of an 8-month pilot study on the autism spectrum, in which human-robot interaction protocols were designed with a goal of developing essential social skills, such as joint attention and turn-taking. Children are fascinated by robots and readily engage in social interactions with them in the form of imitation, game-playing and exercises. Dr. Lewis demonstrated the robot used in the study and discussed his research plans for the Fulbright.
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Session Chair and Moderator
Dr. Monica Gattinger, Director, Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa
Dr. Martine Lagacé, Associate Vice-President, Research, Promotion and Development, University of Ottawa
Dr. Lundy Lewis, Canada/US Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Science and Society, 2018 - 2019, Institute for Science, Society and Policy