Collaborative mixed reality-aid for youths with autism
|Coordinator||Umeå universitet - Institutionen för datavetenskap|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 2 758 172|
|Project duration||April 2019 - August 2020|
Purpose and goal
Autistic individuals often experience stress and anxiety facing new situations. The goal of this project is to develop a mixed reality aid, with a continously analyzing AI core that collects data in how the user interacts with the simulated situation. The simulation will then be able to change in real time to challenge the user and personalize the experience. This aid will lead a transformation from static to adaptable aids that evolves with the individual.
Expected results and effects
The aid will support the target group in participating in day to day activities outside their regular routines. Activities that may be connected to work as well as school and leisure. For example family gatherings, parties, medical appointments or public service contacts. This aid will contribute in giving the target group more independence and freedom in life. When the project is ended the functional prototype will be able to be used by Habiliteringscentrum and more scenarios will be developed for the aid further on.
Planned approach and implementation
The project is agile, and the product governed by different experts and the target group through reoccuring workshops. The project starts with a prestudy and a detailed project plan where the technical platform and forms of collaboration is determined. During the fall of 2019 multiple workshops will be held to ensure the development follows the different needs of the target group and that the aid will be pedagogically and medically correct. The software development spans over the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 and the prototype will be tested by the user group at that time.