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SensorAble (\ˈsen-sȯr-əbəl — or alt. — \sen-ˈsȯr-əbəl) is a multi-disciplinary MPhil/PhD Research Project. SensorAble proposes a multi-sensory, assistive technology that filters distractions and increases focus for autistic individuals. It fulfils a gap in scholarly knowledge regarding the exploration, design, application and testing of purpose-built wearable technologies that employ artificial intelligence for cognitive enhancement for those diagnosed with autism, by increasing their attentional focus and quality of life and through de-emphasizing anxiety-inducing environmental distractions and over-stimulation.
SensorAble aims to distinguish itself from prior cognate studies in three respects. Prior research uses sensory technology that “interprets socioaffective cues such as tone of voice or facial expression to systematize and understand social interaction” (Kaliouby & Picard, 2006, 243). In contrast, SensorAble’s goal supports users by means of tuned awareness and customized intervention through alerts prior to the onset of anxiety, distraction or loss of focus by:
If you would like to learn more about SensorAble, have any questions or would like to discuss the study in more detail, please contact the project researcher David Ruttenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New articles15 September 2020
Over the last several months, four (4) new research articles pertaining to SensorAble have made their way to cyberspace, including:
Happy reading…more news in a month!
Scrub, scrub, scrub the data1 August 2020
Transcriptions of all online videos, scrubbing of both qualitative data and quantitative data is now complete. They have been safely and securely archived and stored away on the UCL’s servers, whilst analyses is now just commencing and the data looks incredibly interesting. There are indeed many surprises, particularly those that break gender boundaries with regard to distractibility, focus and anxiety! I am looking forward to sharing everything, once I have confirmed the results.
Data collection now complete1 July 2020
A huge thank you to each and every participant who contributed to the SensorAble focus groups and/or online surveys. Though I was sad not to be able to meet with you face-to-face (owing to the COVID-19 pandemic), it was wonderful to meet, greet, smile and converse online. I have made many new friends in the process, learned so much from all of you, and want you to know that you are appreciated beyond measure!