ITASD 2014 international conference

the replay

New technologies offer new possibilities for people with ASD. This year, for the first time in France, the conference focused on how digital technologies could be used to improve the daily lives of people with autism.

Experts presented concrete digital solutions to tackle the challenges faced by people with ASD and the persons around them: families, educators, care givers…

Researchers, scholars and scientists presented, in some cases for the first time, their latest discoveries in the digital field and autism.


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Opening remarks

of Sylvain Coudon, Communications and Philanthropy Director of the Pasteur Institute, Christine Albanel, executive director Orange Foundation, Manuel Gimeno, General Director of the Orange Foundation Spain and Gerardo Herrera, President of the Adapta Foundation.



Matthew Goodwin, Northeastern University, USA

Developing Innovative Technology to Enhance and Accelerate Autism Research and Intervention : A Computational Behavioural Science Approach



Early diagnosis and research into the nature of ASD

HARIMATA-Embracing mobile devices for early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders
Anna Anzulewicz, Harimata, Poland


Exploring imitation and joint attention of children with autism spectrum disorder during interactions with a robot
Salvatore M. Anzalone, University Pierre & Marie Curie, France


Eye-tracking technology to assess joint attention deficit in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Lucia Billeci, Institute of Clinical Physiology National research Council of Italy (CNR) , Italy


Pilot evaluation of a novel telemedicine platform to support diagnostic assessment for autism spectrum disorder
Gregory D. Abowd, Georgia Tech, USA



Supporting evidence-based approaches from different research perspectives

Patient-Centric Model for Remote Management, Treatment and Rehabilitation of Children with Autism: Michelangelo Project Study Protocol
Antonio Narzisi, IRCCS Stella Maris Foundation, Italy


The Dante System: A Video Annotation System to Support the Therapist in Behavioral Assessment
Federico Cruciani, I+ S.r.l., Italy


Design, implementation and evaluation of a social skills group program of robot-based activities for children with ASD
Alex Barco, Sant Joan de Déu Hospital, Spain


Technology Tools for Students with Autism: A Book Précis
Matthew Goodwin, Northeastern University, USA



Serious Gaming and virtual environments

A Novel Serious Gaming Platform for Patient-centric Characterization of ASD children
Valentina Bono, University of Southampton, UK


Slowing down environmental information: LOGIRAL, a new digital application for people with autism
Carole Tardiff & Bruno Gepner, Aix Marseille University, France


Stylized Animations for Research on Autism – The SARA Project
Ulrich Max Schaller, University Medical Center Freiburg, Germany


The Sweet Spot: Balancing Novelty, Expectation Violation, and the “Need for Sameness” to Motivate Initiations in Virtual Environments
Alyssa Alcorn, University of Edinburgh, UK



How can IT help to learn reading and literacy skills?

ABC AUTISM: A mobile app to assist autistic children literacy based on the TEACCH program
Mônica Ximenes Carneiro da Cunha, Federal Institute of Alagoa and Association of Friends of Autistic Maceió-AL, Brasil


Autism and digital tools: links between research and the development of applications for tactile tablets, LearnEnjoy applications
Olivier Bourgueil, LearnEnjoy, et Sylvain Moutier, Université Paris Descartes, France


Open Book – A tool for people with autism to simplify text
Nikki Sullings, Autism Europe, UK


SEMA-TIC : a serious game application to teach children with autism without functional verbal-skills how to read
Stéphanie Hun, Hôpitaux pédiatriques de Nice CHU-Lenval , France



Panel discussion: The need for evidence based research in IT applied to ASD

Participants: Mark Brosnan, Matthew Goodwin, Patricia Pérez and Ouriel Grynzspan



Rob Ring, Autism Speaks, USA

Genes in the Cloud: How technology is leveling the playing field for genomic discovery in autism.



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