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Studying Autism Through the NAO Robot

Hello, I'm NAO!

I'm a humanoid robot used by teachers and therapists around the world to develop communication skills in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). I am programmed with special education applications and can track the progress of individual students with shareable online reports.

Starting this summer, I will be working with researchers at Ryerson University to better understand the speech patterns of children with autism.

Research Overview

Our study has two goals:

  1. The collect the first major data set of autistic children's speech using human-robot-interaction.
  2. To assess the NAO robot as a tool for therapists, teachers, and researchers.

About NAO

Learn more about NAO, a social robot designed for classroom use.

Our Study

Find out the who, what, where, how, why, and when of our study.


Want to participate in our study? Find out how.

Participate in a survey for Family engagement in the development of technology-based applications for facial expression and emotion recognition for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

This project will engage family members of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in the development of a customizable tablet application for facial expression and emotion recognition. The goal of this project is to demonstrate the significance of family input in customizing applications to accommodate their children's diverse needs. Families will participate in the development of the application by providing input through a short survey (10 minutes) on the use of tablets and the use of tablet applications for educational purposes.

By completing this survey you will provide valuable input on the development of tablet applications for children with ASD. Your participation in the study is completely voluntary and you may choose to stop at any time.

To complete the survey please go to the following link: