Research experts at the UAE University have come across impressive findings, which state that the robot teachers are substantially effective high-tech tools for boosting the attention levels of children diagnosed with autism. The academics at UAEU College of Informations Technology have ascertained that by leveraging the capabilities of artificial intelligence it is possible to assist future developments in healthcare as children are likely to devote exceeding attention towards robots than they would to any human.
According to researchers, children suffering from autism gave a better response to simple instructions provided by robots as found in the research study. The research further indicated that the learning of children, however, was usually hindered with the intricate ideas by a human face.
Dr. Fady Al Najjar, assistant professor at the UAEU College stated that complex behaviors presented to autistic children would not be accepted by them and the children would try avoiding an eye contact. This would inhibit their learning owing to which their team tried to solve this complexity with the introduction of a robot that presents limited behaviors and lesser physical complexities. He further added that their idea is to present robots to children while a medical professional would add commands behind the scenes. Such an activity would enable them to control the amount of information passed through the robot on to the child from the teacher or doctors.
For this research, the team at UAE University made use of a specific testing with robots. The children were introduced to several screen characters to gauge their response on them.
The research team at the University aims to build an interaction enabled with artificial intelligence between the children and robots so that the machine could learn the commands that are gaining greater attention and response from the child. With this development, doctor’s inputs are likely to reduce enabling them to monitor instead of inputting commands to stimulate and trigger attention from autistic children. Artificial intelligence is not just simplifying tasks for teachers dealing with autistic children but is expected to bring major transformations in the future.
As technology enables several developments in key areas of growth, robotics is gaining increasing significance owing to the endless possibilities that come along with it. The capabilities of robotics and technology are expected to foster the future capabilities of medical treatment and learning. This would enable healthcare professionals to gain effective assistance for complex medical treatment procedures in the foreseeable future.