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Humanoid Robot Helps Train Children With Autism
March 20, 2013
An interdisciplinary team of mechanical engineers and autism experts at Vanderbilt University has developed an adaptive robotic system and used it to demonstrate that humanoid robots can be powerful tools for enhancing the basic social learning skills of children with autism.
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