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Abstract by Gordon poon

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Presenter's Name

Gordon poon

Co-Presenters

Sophie Gao

Degree Level

Undergraduate

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Department

Computer Science

Faculty Advisor

Dennis Ng

Title

Recommending Social-interactive Games for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Abstract

Games play a significant role in modern society, since they affect people of all ages and all walks of life, whether it be
socially or mentally, and have direct impacts on adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). ASD are a collection of
neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by qualitative impairments in social relatedness and interaction, as well
as difficulties in acquiring and using communication and language abilities. Adults with ASD often find it difficult to
express and recognize emotions which makes it hard for them to interact with others socially. We have designed
interactive games for autistic adults and developed a novel strategy to recommend games to them. Using modern
computer vision and graphics techniques, we (i) track the player’s speech rate, facial features, eye contact, audio
communication, and emotional states, and (ii) foster their collaboration. Games recommended to a user are based on
the user’s interest, besides the deficient level of the emotional understanding and social skills to which the user
belongs. The objective of our work is to enhance the social interacting skills of autistic adults so that they can live a
better life.