Development of Robot-Enhanced Therapy for Children with AutisM spectrum disorders (DREAM) is a large European project financed by the European Commission through the 7th Framework Programme, and co-financed by the Romanian Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) for the activities undertaken by the team at the International Institute and Babeș-Bolyai University, in Cluj-Napoca.
The main goal of the project is to develop a new generation of autonomous social robots that are ready to be integrated in psychotherapeutic protocols for the treatment of autism sprectrum disorders. The treatment protocols mediated by robotic agents will be then tested to assess their scientific status.
The Romanian team will be coordinating the clinical component of the project meaning that it will offer input related to the relevant activities that the robot will have to perform and it will implement the clinical tests.
The International Institute’s team that will implement the project:
- Prof. Daniel David, Ph.D.. Principal Investigator
- Prof. Aurora Szentagotai, Ph.D., Senior Researcher
- Assoc. prof. Anca Dobrean, Ph.D., Senior Researcher
- Cristina Costescu, Ph.D., Researcher
- Silviu Matu, Ph.D., Researcher
- Total budget of the project: 6.690.000 EUR;
- Financing available trough the European Commission for the Romanian team, grant agreement no. 611391: 638.240 EUR;
- Co-financing available trough Romanian Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI), for the Romanian team, contract no. 265EU/2014: 936.029 RON.