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Colloquium - Hayes

DLC 170

Computing Technologies to Support the Care of Children with Autism
Georgia Institute of Technology
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Parents and teachers of children with autism (CWA) often use several therapeutic interventions, keeping vast records to assess improvement in behavior and learning. They often employ evidence based care (EBC) techniques which involve the collection and use of vast quantities of personal and research oriented data for the diagnosis and treatment of CWA. Automated capture technologies and the associated access interfaces for exploring past experiences are particularly promising for monitoring the effectiveness of these interventions for behavioral and learning disabilities in children. Behavioral and learning data can be captured, analyzed, and mined over time to provide valuable evidence to track the progress of any intervention. Prototypes developed for this problem must address both technical and social factors to be successful.

The Autism Research Group at Georgia Tech includes researchers interested in Human-Computer Interaction, Design, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Mobile and Wearable Computing. Thus, research originating in this group covers a wide variety of domain problems and methodological approaches. Past and current projects include:

  • Ethnographic studies of caregivers of children with autism participating in a variety of therapeutic interventions;

  • Focus group discussions focused on social, legal, and procedural implications of use of ubiquitous computing technologies as part of EBC;

  • Short and long term deployments of technologies supporting the care of CWA;

  • Design and development of collaborative technologies to aid in group discussion of diagnoses and treatment;

  • Exploration of learning algorithms to automatically recognize behaviors of CWA using wearable and environmental sensor streams.

Gillian Hayes is a PhD candidate at Georgia Tech and part of the Ubicomp and Autism Research Groups. Her primary focus is on supporting the capture of data in unplanned, naturalistic settings, particularly for healthcare and education domain problems. She will be presenting both her own work and the work of others in the Autism Research Group at Georgia Tech.

Sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning & Design.

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Sign language interpreters are available upon request. Please contact Stephanie Morris at least five days prior to the colloquium.

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