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Designing Gamified Robot-Enhanced Interventions for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders

About the project
Arzu’s future research focus is designing and developing gamified robot-enhanced interventions for children with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs).  The research will be based on an iterative design approach to develop interventions tailored to the individual to enhance the functional recovery of sensorimotor, social or cognitive functions in children with NDDs by targeting several open questions such as what the best roles for robots are in different therapies and how to best integrate robots into the therapy interventions while adapting to different environments. 

Background
Neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) result in different degrees of emotional, physical, social, academic and economic consequences for individuals, and in turn families, and society [1, 2]. Upon diagnosis, families report significant delays in treatment initiation and unsatisfactory levels of treatment monitoring. [2, 3] and there is a need to establish effective easy-to-access strategies for assessing, treating and monitoring NDD. Rapid progress in the area of robotics offers excellent chances for innovation in treatment for children with NDDs thanks to robots allowing the execution of specific and repetitive tasks which can be tailored according to the particular needs of the individuals. Robots thus offer the opportunity to deliver automated and independent interventions that enable therapy to be delivered over a distance, enable inclusive and collaborative education environments [4,5] and personalise treatment procedures [6,7]. Combined with gamification, which improves the learning rate and ensures effective improvement in the pedagogical, social and behavioural sense [8,9], robot-enabled therapy becomes a highly promising avenue for research.   

About the Digital Futures Postdoc Fellow
Arzu Guneysu Ozgur is a Postdoctoral researcher at KTH Digital Futures.  Arzu got his PhD in Robotics on “Designing Gamified Activities with Haptic-Enabled Tangible Robots for Therapy and Assistance” from EPFL, in 2021. Her research interests include various topics in Human-Robot Interaction, Adaptive Robot-Enhanced Therapy, Iterative Design, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Gamified Therapeutic Technologies and Special Education. 

Main supervisor
Iolanda LeiteAssociate professor, Department of Robotics, Perception and Learning, KTH

Co-supervisor
Ali Reza Majlesi
Associate Professor, Department of Education, Stockholm University

Contacts

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Arzu Güneysu Özgür

Digital Futures Postdoctoral Fellow, Postdoc project: Designing Gamified Robot-Enhanced Interventions for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders

arzuo@kth.se
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Iolanda Leite

Associate Professor, Department of Robotics, Perception and Learning at KTH, Working group Learn, PI of research project Advanced Adaptive Intelligent Systems (AAIS) at Digital Futures, Supervisor for Postdoc project Designing Gamified Robot-Enhanced Interventions for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Supervisor for postdoc project On The Feminist Design of Social Robots and Designing Robots For Young People, With Young People at Digital Futures

iolanda@kth.se
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Ali Reza Majlesi

Associate Professor at SU, Co-supervisor for postdoc project Designing Gamified Robot-Enhanced Interventions for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders at Digital Futures

08-16 37 66
ali.reza.majlesi@edu.su.se