MASc, IBBME, University of Toronto
David joined the IATSL lab in November, 2011. He has been working on the “An Automated Prompting System to Help Teach Handwashing to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder” project, preparing the COACH4ASD system for in-home trials. The trials are expected to be carried out during the summer of 2012.
At the start of his master’s, he’ll be implementing the robotic prompting system for the COACH4ASD system. He plans to use the lab’s half torso robot, NAO, to provide gestural and audio prompts to the Subject (child with autism) during the course of a hand-washing session. This improves the current system by augmenting the LCD screen multimedia prompt with an attention grabbing robot. Upon successful project completion, NAO may be further developed to replace the current system’s computer vision, making NAO capable of analyzing the Subject’s task completion state as well as attention state, and reacting in an interactive manner for task prompting and attention grabbing.
David begins his MASc in 2012. His research interests include assistive technologies, computer vision, machine learning, and robotics.