An approach for agitation detection and intervention in sufferers of autism spectrum disorder

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition that is being diagnosed in a growing portion of the population. ASD represents a range of complex dis-orders with a number of symptoms including social difficulties and behavioral issues. Some individuals suffering from ASD are prone to incidents of agitation that can lead to escalation and meltdowns. Such incidents represent a risk to the individuals with ASD and others who share their environment. This paper intro-duces a novel approach to monitor triggers for these incidents with an aim to detect and predict an incident happening. Non-invasive sensors monitor factors within an environment that may indicate such an incident. Combined with an NFC and smart phone based mechanism to report incidents in a relatively friction free manner. These reports will be combined with sensor records to train a pre-diction system based on supervised machine learning. Future work will identify the best performing machine-learning technique and will evaluate the approach.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationmbient Assisted Living and Daily Activities
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-26409-7
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 9 Dec 2015


  • Autism
  • ASD
  • Agitation
  • Assistive technologies
  • Computer Vision
  • Machine learning
  • NFC
  • Sensors


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