KASPAR (Kinesics and Synchronisation in Personal Assistant Robotics) is a child-sized, minimally expressive robot that has been developed by a team lead by Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn within the Adaptive Systems research group. Since 2005 the robot has been used extensive in different research projects including Robotcub (http://www.robotcub.org/) and ROBOSKIN (http://www.roboskin.eu/) and other research on cognitive or developmental robotics. A key use of the robot is for robot-assisted play for children with autism. We found that children with autism respond generally very positively towards interaction with the robot as a non-threatening, enjoyable, interactive toy that is programmable in order to suit the therapeutic needs of different children on the autistic spectrum. Links to youtube videos of KASPAR:


Website: http://kaspar.stca.herts.ac.uk/

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