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Affective Communication for Socially Assistive Robots (SARs) for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review

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School of Computer Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Valparaíso 2340000, Chile
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Department of Computer Engineering and Systems, University of La Laguna, 38204 La Laguna, Spain
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Department of Computer Engineering and Industrial, University of Lleida, 25001 Lleida, Spain
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Aragón Health Research Institute (IIS Aragón), Universidad de Zaragoza, Cdad. Escolar, 4, 44003 Teruel, Spain
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Academic Editors: Francisco José Perales, Cristina Manresa-Yee and Anthony Lewis Brooks
Sensors 2021, 21(15), 5166; https://doi.org/10.3390/s21155166
Received: 21 May 2021 / Revised: 18 July 2021 / Accepted: 26 July 2021 / Published: 30 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue HCI for Ambient Intelligence)
Research on affective communication for socially assistive robots has been conducted to enable physical robots to perceive, express, and respond emotionally. However, the use of affective computing in social robots has been limited, especially when social robots are designed for children, and especially those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Social robots are based on cognitive-affective models, which allow them to communicate with people following social behaviors and rules. However, interactions between a child and a robot may change or be different compared to those with an adult or when the child has an emotional deficit. In this study, we systematically reviewed studies related to computational models of emotions for children with ASD. We used the Scopus, WoS, Springer, and IEEE-Xplore databases to answer different research questions related to the definition, interaction, and design of computational models supported by theoretical psychology approaches from 1997 to 2021. Our review found 46 articles; not all the studies considered children or those with ASD. View Full-Text
Keywords: affective computing; autism spectrum disorders; affective human–robot interaction; socially assistive robots; therapeutic intervention affective computing; autism spectrum disorders; affective human–robot interaction; socially assistive robots; therapeutic intervention
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Cano, S.; González, C.S.; Gil-Iranzo, R.M.; Albiol-Pérez, S. Affective Communication for Socially Assistive Robots (SARs) for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review. Sensors 2021, 21, 5166. https://doi.org/10.3390/s21155166

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Cano S, González CS, Gil-Iranzo RM, Albiol-Pérez S. Affective Communication for Socially Assistive Robots (SARs) for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review. Sensors. 2021; 21(15):5166. https://doi.org/10.3390/s21155166

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Cano, Sandra, Carina S. González, Rosa María Gil-Iranzo, and Sergio Albiol-Pérez. 2021. "Affective Communication for Socially Assistive Robots (SARs) for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review" Sensors 21, no. 15: 5166. https://doi.org/10.3390/s21155166

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