Friday, February 22, 2008

Virtual Tutors: Link to article about Justine Cassell's work with children with autism spectrum disorders

Justine Cassell, director of the Center for Technology and Social Behavior of Northwestern University, is the developer of the "Embodied Conversational Agent", a virtual human designed to interact children with autism. Her work was highlighted in a recent article in the technology & science section of the MSNBC website:

Image: Virtual child
The ArticuLab, Northwestern Univ
"A “virtual child” is a cartoon about the size of an 8-year-old with whom kids can learn
and play on the floor with toys via a plasma screen projection."

"Virtual characters and digital tutors are helping children and adults develop advanced social and language skills that can be tough to learn via conventional approaches"

Related Links:
Eve: An Understanding Virtual Teacher

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