P11: Epigenetics Humanoid Intervention Incorporating Religious Attribute for Brain Impairment

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. Prof. Madya Dr. Fazah Akhtar Hanapiah
. Associate Professor
. Faculty of Medicine
  Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Sungai Buloh Campus
  Jalan Hospital, 47000 Sungai Buloh, Selangor
. fazah@salam.uitm.edu.my
. +603-61267006

This research deals with fundamental study on defining a basic standard assessment methodology as measurement of effective and safe intervention of humanoid (robot in human shape) in autistic children/brain impaired individuals. This study focuses on the formulation of an original basic standard assessment method and protocols combining fundamental concepts of developmental psychology in epigenetic robotics (ER) with standard autism assessment criteria clinically used i.e. Gilliam Autism Rating Scale-Second Edition (GARS-2) and Childhood Autistic Rating Scale (CARS). GARS-2 is an autism-screening tool developed to assist teachers, parents and other people who observe children to identify and screen for autism [1]. Although there is growing evidence that people with autism respond positively to the robot intervention, hitherto there is no specific assessment method or standard to measure the performance and the effectiveness of robot intervention in autistic children. Therefore this research aims to formulate a basic assessment method and protocol as a standard measurement tool for human-robot interaction and the outcome of humanoid robot as an assistive therapeutic agent for autistic children and brain-impaired individuals.