My qualifications and many years of work experience lie in two disciplines: Computer Science (since 1980) and Dance Movement Therapy (since 1992). I have completed my PhD research degree in the school of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire, bringing together my expertise and experience in these two disciplines.
My research, which started in 2002 in the Aurora Project, investigates the potential use of robots as therapeutic or educational 'toys' specifically for use by children with autism. The research focuses on ways that robotic systems can engage autistic children in simple interactive activities, with the aim of encouraging basic communication and social interaction skills.
My recent work was part of the European projects IROMEC and ROBOSKIN. The IROMEC project acknowledged the important role of play in child development as a crucial vehicle for learning about the physical and social environment, the self, and for developing social relationships. IROMEC targeted children who are prevented from playing, either due to cognitive, developmental or physical impairments which affect their playing skills, and has investigated how robotic toys can empower children with disabilities to discover the range of play styles from solitary to social and cooperative play.
In the ROBOSKIN project, which developed skin-based technologies and capabilities for safe autonomous and interactive robots, I have helped to develop cognitive mechanisms that use tactile feedback to improve human-robot interaction capabilities particularly in the application domain of robot assisted play for children with autism.
My current work, part of the Horizon2020 BabyRobot project and the KASPAR project, is further investigating robot-assisted therapy for children with autism with the minimally expressive humanoid robot KASPAR . Kaspar's promotional video can be seen here.
· Human Robot Interaction (HRI) with specific interest in the application of robotic systems in rehabilitation, therapy and education
· Autism therapy
· Dance Movement Therapy
1980 - Diploma in Computing, Practical Engineering College, Nagev University
1990 - BA Combined Studies, Majoring in Dance, Middlesex University
1992 - Post Graduate Diploma Dance Movement Therapy - St. Albans College of Art & Design
1998 - MSc Computer Science - University of Hertfordshire
2005 - PhD research degree in Computer Science - University of Hertfordshire, Title: 'A humanoid Robot as assistive technology for Encouraging Social Interaction Skills in children with autism
Dance Therapy and Dance in the Community activities (on part-time basis)
· Paul Dickerson and Ben Robins (2017). “Conversation Analysis with Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and Limited Verbal Ability” In M. O'Reilly, J.N. Lester, T. Muskett (Eds), A Practical Guide to Social Interaction Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2017, (in press)
· Paul Dickerson and Ben Robins (2015). " Looking or Spotting ". in The Palgrave Handbook of Child Mental Health . (September 2015); p59–78. Palgrave Macmillan.
· Aude Billard, Annalisa Bonfiglio, Giorgio Cannata, Piero Cosseddu, Torbjørn S. Dahl, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Fulvio Mastrogiovanni, Giorgio Metta, Lorenzo Natale, Ben Robins, Lucia Seminara and Maurizio Valle, (2013) The ROBOSKIN Project: Challenges and Results. In Romansy-19 “ Robot Design, Dynamics and Control, CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences Volume 544, Vincent Padois, Philippe Bidaud, and Oussama Khatib (Eds.), pp351-358, Springer, 2013.
· Ben Robins, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Rene te Boekhorst, Aude Billard (2004) Effects of repeated exposure to a humanoid robot on children with autism. In S. Keates, J. Clarkson, P. Langdon and P. Robinson (Eds.) Designing a More Inclusive World, Springer Verlag, London, pp. 225-236. This paper won the best paper award at CWUAAT (Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology), Cambridge , UK , 22-24 March 2004.
· Luke Wood, Hagen Lehmann, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Ben Robins, Austen Rainer, Dag Syrdal (2016) Robot-mediated interviews for children with autism: What do potential users think? Interacton Studies 17:3: 439-461 .
· Ben Robins, Kerstin Dautenhahn (2014) Tactile Interactions with a Humanoid Robot - Novel Play Scenario Implementations with Children with Autism. International Journal of Social Robotics (IJSR), Vol. 6(3), pp. 397-415 .
· Joshua Wainer, Ben Robins, Farshid Amirabdollahian, Kerstin Dautenhahn (2014) Using the humanoid robot KASPAR to autonomously play triadic games and facilitate collaborative play among children with autism. IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development (TAMD), Vol. 6(3) pp. 183-199
· Sandra Costa, Hagen Lehmann, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Ben Robins, Filomena Soares (2014) Using a humanoid robot to elicit body awareness and appropriate physical interaction in children with autism . International Journal of Social Robotics Publisher: Springer.
· Leighter, S., Wainer, J., Wood, N., Dautenhahn, K. & Robins, B. (2014) The Robot Club: Robots as agents to improve the social skills of young people on the autistic spectrum. In : Autism . 37
· Joshua Wainer, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Ben Robins, Farshid Amirabdollahian (2013) A pilot study with a novel setup for collaborative play of the humanoid robot KASPAR with children with autism. International Journal of Social Robotics (IJSR), Vol. 6 (1), pp. 45-65.
· Luke Wood, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Austen Rainer, Ben Robins, Hagen Lehmann, Dag S. Syrdal (2013) Robot-Mediated Interviews - How effective is a humanoid robot as a tool for interviewing young children?. PLoS ONE, 8(3).
· Paul Dickerson, Ben Robins, Kerstin Dautenhahn (2013) Where the action is: A conversation analytic perspective on interaction between a humanoid robot, a co-present adult and a child with an ASD. Interaction Studies 14(2), pp. 297-316.
· Ben Robins, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Ester Ferrari, Gernot Kronreif, Barbara Prazak-Aram, Patrizia Marti, Iolanda Iacono, Gert Jan Gelderblom, Tanja Bernd, Francesca Caprino and Elena Laudanna (2012), Scenarios of robot-assisted play for children with cognitive and physical disabilities. Interaction Studies 13(2), pp.189-234.
· Ben Robins, Ester Ferrari, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Gernot Kronrief, Barbara Prazak, Gert-Jan Gerderblom, Francesca Caprino, Elena Laudanna (2010) Human-centred Design Methods: Developing Scenarios for Robot Assisted Play Informed by User Panels and Field Trials. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies IJHCS, 2010. 68(12), 873-898
· Kerstin Dautenhahn, Chrystopher L. Nehaniv, Michael L. Walters, Ben Robins, Hatice Kose-Bagci, N. Assif Mirza, Michael Blow (2009) KASPAR - A Minimally Expressive Humanoid Robot for Human-Robot Interaction Research. to appear in Special Issue on "Humanoid Robots" for Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, published by Taylor and Francis.
· JoshuaWainer, Ester Ferrari, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Ben Robins (2009 ) The effectiveness of using a robotics class to foster collaboration among groups of children with autism in an exploratory study. Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Special issue on "Design for Social Interaction through Physical Play"
· Ben Robins, Kerstin Dautenhahn (2007) Encouraging social interaction skills in children with autism playing with robots: A case study evaluation of triadic interactions involving children with autism, other people (peers and adults) and a robotic toy. ENFANCE, Vol 59(1) Jan-Mar 2007, pp 72-81, UNIVERSITAIRES DE FRANCE
· A. Billard, B. Robins, K. Dautenhahn, J. Nadel (2006) Building Robota, a Mini-Humanoid Robot for the Rehabilitation of Children with Autism . RESNA Assistive Technology Journal.
· Ben Robins, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Janek Dubowsky (2006), Does appearance matter in the interaction of children with autism with a humanoid robot? Interaction Studies 7:3, pp. 479-512
· Ben Robins, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Rene te Boekhorst. and Aude Billard (2005), Robotic assistants in therapy and education of children with autism: Can a small humanoid robot help encourage social interaction skills? Universal Access in the Information Society (UAIS), Vol 4(2) Special Edition, Springer- Verlag,
· Ben Robins, Paul Dickerson, Penny Stribling and Kerstin Dautenhahn (2004) Robot-mediated joint attention in children with autism: A case study in robot-human interaction, Interaction Studies 5:2, pp. 161-198
· Ben Robins, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Luke Wood, Abolfazl Zaraki (2017) Developing Interaction Scenarios with a Humanoid Robot to Encourage Visual Perspective Taking Skills in Children with Autism – Preliminary Proof of Concept Tests, In Proc. The 9th International Conference on Social Robotics, (ICSR 20017) November 22nd to 24th 2017, Tsukuba, Japan. (accepted)
· Luke Wood, Abolfazl Zaraki, Michael Walters, Ori Novanda, Ben Robins, Kerstin Dautenhahn (2017) The Iterative Development of the Humanoid Robot Kaspar: An Assistive Robot for Children with Autism. In Proc. The 9th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2017) November 22nd to 24th, 2017, Tsukuba, Japan. (accepted)
· Luke Wood, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Ben Robins, Abolfazl Zaraki (2017) Developing Child-Robot Interaction Scenarios with a Humanoid Robot to Assist Children with Autism in Developing Visual Perspective Taking Skills. 26th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (IEEE RO-MAN 2017), Lisbon, 28 August - 1 September 2017
· Marcus M. Scheunemann, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Maha Salem, Ben Robins (2016) Utilizing Bluetooth Low Energy to Recognize Proximity, Touch and Humans. In 2016 25th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN) (pp. 362--367).
· Ben Robins, Farshid Amirabdollahian, Ze Ji, Kerstin Dautenhahn ( 2010) Tactile interaction with a humanoid robot for children with autism: A case study analysis involving user requirements and results of an initial implementation. 19th IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 10) September 2010, Viareggio, Italy.
· Ester Ferrari, Ben Robins and Kerstin Dautenhahn (2010) “Does it work?” A framework to evaluate the effectiveness of a robotic toy for children with special needs. 19th IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 10) September 2010, Viareggio, Italy.
· Farshid Amirabdollahian, Ben Robins,
and Kerstin Dautenhahn, (2009) Robotic Skin Requirements Based on Case
Studies on Interacting with Children with Autism, in “Tactile Sensing”
workshop at IEEE International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids
09) December 2009, Paris, France.
· Ester Ferari, Ben Robins, Kerstin Dautenhahn (2009) Therapeutic and educational objectives in Robot Assisted Play for children with autism. 18th IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 09) September 2009, Toyama, Japan
· Ester Ferari, Ben Robins, Kerstin Dautenhahn (2009) Robot as a Social Mediator - a Play Scenario Implementation with Children with Autism. 8th international Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC09 -Workshop on Creative Interactive Play for Disabled Children , Como, Italy, June 3-5 2009
· Ben Robins, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Paul Dickerson, (2009) From Isolation to Communication: A Case
Study Evaluation of Robot Assisted Play for Children with Autism with a
Minimally Expressive Humanoid Robot, Proc. the Second International
Conferences on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions, ACHI 09, February 1-7,
2009 - Cancun, Mexico
· Josh Wainer, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Ben Robins (2008) Using robots to foster collaboration among groups of children with autism in an after-school class setting: An exploratory study. Proc. of 1st Workshop on Design for Social Interaction through Physical Play at the 2nd International conference on Fun and Games, 22-24f October 2008, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
· Ben Robins, Ester Ferrari, Kerstin Dautenhahn (2008) Developing Scenarios for Robot Assisted Play. Proc. the 17th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, (RO-MAN 2008), 1-3 August 2008, Munich , Germany.
· B. Robins, K. Dautenhahn, R. te Boekhorst, C. L. Nehaniv (2008) Behaviour Delay and Robot Expressiveness in Child-Robot Interactions: A User Study on Interaction Kinesics. Proc. ACM/IEEE 3rd International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2008). 12-15 March 2008, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
· Serenella Besio, Silvia Dini,Ester Ferrari, Ben Robins (2007) Critical Factors Involved in Using Interactive Robots for Play Activities of Children with Disabilities Proc. The 9th European Conference for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE 2007) , 3-5 October, San-Sebastian, Spain.
· Ben Robins, Nuno Otero, Ester Ferrari, Kerstin Dautenhahn (2007) Eliciting Requirements for a Robotic Toy for Children with Autism - Results from User Panels. Proc. the 16th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, (RO-MAN 2007), 26-29 August 2007, Jeju island, Korea.
· Ben Robins, Kerstin Dautenhahn (2006) The Role of the Experimenter in HRI Research - a Case Study Evaluation of Children with Autism Interacting with a Robotic Toy. Proc. The 15th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN06), Haftield, UK.
· Megan Davis , Ben Robins, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Christopher Nehaniv Stuart Powell (2005), A comparison of interactive and robotic systems in therapy and education for children with autism. In proc. Assistive Technology from Virtuality to Reality - 8th European Conference for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe AAATE05, Lille , France , 6-9 September, 2005.
· Ben Robins, Paul Dickerson, Penny Stribling and Kerstin Dautenhahn (2005), Robots as embodied beings - Interactionally sensitive body movements in interactions among autistic children and a robot. In proc. 14th IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication -RO-MAN05, Nashville , USA , 13-15 August 2005.
· Ben Robins, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Janek Dubowsky (2005), Robots as Isolators or Mediators for Children with Autism? A Cautionary Tale, Proc. AISB05: Social Intelligence and Interaction in Animals, Robots and Agents, 12-15 April 2005, Hatfield, UK.
· Ben Robins, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Rene te Boekhorst, Aude Billard (2004), Robots as Assistive Technology - Does Appearance Matter?, Proc. IEEE Ro-man 2004, 13th IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication September 20-22, 2004 Kurashiki , Okayama Japan. This paper won the best paper award at the 14th IEEE RO-MAN 2005 international workshop.
· Ben Robins, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Janek Dubowski (2004), Investigating Autistic Children's Attitudes Towards Strangers with the Theatrical Robot - A New Experimental Paradigm in Human-Robot Interaction Studies, Proc. IEEE Ro-man 2004, 13th IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication September 20-22, 2004 Kurashiki, Okayama Japan.
· Kerstin Dautenhahn, Iain Werry, Aude Billard, Ben Robins, Tamie Salter (2003), Robots That Autistic Children Can Play With Proc.The 7th international Congress Autism Europe Lisboa 2003. November 14-17 , 2003 Lisbon , Portugal .
· Ben Robins, Kerstin Dautenhahn. (2004), Interacting with robots: Can we encourage social interaction skills in children with autism? ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and Computing archive Issue 80, pp 6-12, ACM Press, New York, USA, September 2004.
· Invited speaker at JSSR 2016 Symposium on Social Robotics, Abu-Dhabi, November 16'
· Invited speaker - panel on technology and disabilities , Google Campus, London November 16'
· Invited speaker at the plenary meeting – ‘Technology and children with disabilities’ COST action LUDI, Malta , October 16'
· Invited keynote speaker – at a seminar about Autism and Technology, part of a seminar series funded by ESRC titled ‘Innovative technologies for autism – critical reflections on digital bubbles’ , Bournemouth, UK, (November 2015)
· Invited keynote speaker at AuTech 2015 – Autism, Assistive Technologies and Sensory Issues conference, Manchester, UK. October 2015
· Co-Organiser of a workshop titled " Technology and Play for Children with Disabilities” at the 6th International Conference on Disabilities, “Unity & Diversity in Action”, Tel Aviv, Israel (June 2015)
· Invited speaker at a seminar for professional staff at at Beit Issi Shapiro, Ra'annana, Israel (June 2015)
· Invited keynote speaker at the international seminar New Friends- Therapeutic Application of Robots in Healthcare, organised at Windesheim Flevoland University of Applied Science, Almere, The Netherlands, September 2014.
· Co-Organiser of a workshop titled "Taking Care of Each Other: Synchronisation and Reciprocity for Social Companion Robots, at ICSR 2013, International Conference on Social Robotics, 27-29 October 2013, Bristol, UK.
· Invited keynote speaker and robot exhibitor, presenting the work of KASPAR and children with Autism at a symposium titled “Robots supporting care”, orgenised for nationwide care professionals by Zuyd University, the Netherlands, October 2013.
· Orgenised a workshop titled: "Kaspar, a minimally expressive robot for robot assisted therapy" at a Summer School on Social Human-Robot Interaction, Christ's college, Cambridge, UK August 2013.
· Invited keynote lecture presenting the work of KASPAR and children with Autism at a summer course on Robots in Healthcare, organised at Windesheim Flevoland University of Applied Science, Almere, The Netherlands, August 2013.
· Robot exhibitor and presenter of the KASPAR project at COST event "The future concept and reality of Social Robotics: Challenges, Perception and Applications" organised by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), International Press Centre, Brussels (BE), 10-13 June 2013.
· Invited speaker at the National Autistic Society – professional conference, title of talk: "The robot KASPAR as a therapeutic tool: encouraging social interaction skills in children with autism", Harrogate, UK, March 2013.
· Invited Speaker at the Science Museum' s 'LATES' event, London, September 2012
· Organising a special session on "Situated Interaction and Embodiment - the use of social robotic systems in education and care for people with special needs" together with Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn at ICSR 2012, International Conference on Social Robotics, 29-31 October, Chengdu, China.
· Invited speaker at the International Symposium "From the Lab to Autism Treatment-Bridging Success", The Institute for Child Development, Shiba Medical Center, Tel-Hashomer, Israel. 9-10 September 2012.
· Invited speaker at the National Autistic Society – professional conference, title of talk: "KASPAR as a therapeutic tool: encouraging social interaction skills in children with autism", Manchester, UK, March 2012.
· Invited speaker at the EU Robotics Forum- workshop on Social Robots and Social Pedagogical Approaches, Odense, Denmark, March 2012.
· Organised a tutorial at IEEE RO-MAN 2011 on “Developing Skin-Based Technologies for Interactive Robots - Challenges in design, development and the possible integration in therapeutic environments”, together with Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn, Dr. Farshid Abdollahian, Dr. Fulvio Mastrogiovanni and Prof. Giorgio Cannata , July 2011, Atlanta, GA.
· Invited speaker at the Robot with Children workshop part of the 6th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2011) March 2011, Lausanne, Switzerland.
· Organised a Special session on " Human Robot Social and Assistive Interaction - design and implementation challenges in the use of HRI in assistive technologies for people with special needs", together with Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn, at the 2nd International Conference on Social Robotics, November 2010, Singapore.
· Invited speaker at the 2nd International Workshop on "The Mechanisation of Empathy in Health Care" , Bergamo, Italy, September 2010.
· Organised a tutorial at IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2010 ) on "Robots for children with special needs: technology and design challenges for an effective integration in therapeutic and educational environments", together with Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn, Prof. Patrizia Marti and Dr. Gernot Kronrief, May 2010, Anchorage, Alaska .
· Invited speaker at WorldORT seminar "Robots in Schools" - 8th International Annual Hatter Seminar, November 2009, London, UK.
· Organised a tutorial at IEEE RO-MAN 2009 on "Developing assistive technologies for children and adults with special needs: A user-centred approach", together with Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn, Prof. Kazuyoshi Wada and Prof. Patrizia Marti., September 2009, Toyama, Japan
· Invited speaker at a seminar for professional staff at the program for Children and Young People at Anna Freud Centre, September 2009, London, UK.
· Organised a special session on " "The use of robots in play for children with disabilities “, together with Kersin Dautenhahn, at the 11th IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR’09, 23-26 June 2009, Kyoto, Japan.
· Invited speaker at HANDIMATICA 2008 - the 7th National Exhibition-Conference on Information Technologies for the Integration of People with Disabilities, 27-29 November 2008, ASPHI Foundation, Bolonga, Italy.
· Invited speaker at the 3rd International Symposium on "Autism Along Lifespan – New Treatment Horizons", 27-28 February 2008, The Institute for Child Development, Shiba Medical Center, Tel-Hashomer, Israel.
· Invited Speaker at a seminar for professional staff at Marlborough Family Service , North London NHS foundation Trust - January 2008 , London, UK.
· Organised a special session on "Learning and Interaction in Children with Autism", together with Kersin Dautenhahn, at the 6th IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning, ICDL2007, 11-13 July 2007, London, UK
· Organised a special session on "Robot assisted play", together with Kerstin Dautenhahn, at the 16th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2007, 26-29 August 2007, Jeju island, Korea
· Organised a tutorial "Autism and Affective-Social Computing" together with Rana el Kaliouby, Rosalind W. Picard, and Kersin Dautenhahn at the second International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII2007) 12-14 September 2007, Lisbon, Portugal.
· Invited Lecturer at a seminar at Aalborg University, March 2007, Esbjerg, Denmark
· Invited speaker at the conference "technology for children with ASD" 6th October 2006 , Coventry University, Coventry, UK.
· Invited Speaker at the TACT symposium " Thought in Action: a possible new strategy for early diagnosis of autistic disorder", 30 May 2006, Campus Bio-Medico University, Rome, Italy
· Invited speaker at the "Seminar on Robotics and Computer Science Technologies for People with Autism", 06 February 2006, University of Palermo, Sicily, Italy.
· Invited speaker at the 3rd seminar of the Scottish Autism Research group (SARG) " From socio-cognitive research to information technology for autistic spectrum disorders", 11th November 2005, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
· Invited speaker at the 2nd International Symposium on "New Technologies for Children's Play", 06 October 2005, Maersk Institute for Technology, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.
· Invited speaker at the Vienna Workshop 2004: "Dimensions of Sociality-Shaping Relationships with Machines", 19-20 November 2004, Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Vienna, Austria.
· BBC technology news - 16 May 2015 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32710739
· CNBC International news report 06 Aug 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZzFWG8OkNE&feature=youtu.be
· ITV1 - 2nd December 2011: ITV1 national television- children program on technology.
· BBC1 - 19th August 2011: BBC1 television program – The One Show
· C4 - 21th April 2011: TV interview at Fern Britton's show on C4 (click here to watch)
· BBC1- 16th March 2011: BBC1 television news report (click here to watch).
· ITV - 15th March 2011: ITV television news report .
· AP - 8th March 2011: A news report by Associated Press was released. (to watch click here).
· AP 7th March 2011: an article by the Associated Press was reported online by many news sites throughout the world.
· BSN - 22nd May 2009: The British Satellite News (BSN) reported the work with Kaspar and children with autism.
· 7th August 2008: the work with Kaspar and children with autism has been reported online by Bayerischer Rundfunk, a radio and TV-station in Germany.
· NHK _ 24th May 2008: NHK -Japanese national television, a documentary program dedicated to out our work with children with Autism (click here to watch)
· SAT1 - 24th April 2008: SAT.1: Planetopia - a science magazine on German television (click here to watch with amateur subtitles)
· 16th August 2007: the work with Kaspar and children with autism has been reported (in German) in Spiegel Online (to view click here)
· August 2007 : an article in 'ZEIT Wissen' magazine - a bimonthly magazine of the German daily newspaper Die ZEIT, that covers scientific topics. Schau Mir in Die Augen - article about the use of the Humanoid robot Kaspar with children with Autism. 5/2007, p 86-91.
· BBC World, - 30th May 2007: Live interviewes on BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, and BBC Three Counties radio stations..
· BBC! - 29th May 2007: BBC1 television news report (click here to watch)
· 3rd August 2003: an article on the Aurora project in Frankfurter Allgemine Sonntagszeitung, 3rd August 2003, p 51,
· ZDF- 4th August 2003: 21.30, 3SAT/ZDF German television station : Neues Spezial - Geniale Teams: Roboter auf dem Weg in die autistische Seele, a documentary on Aurora project
· SAT1-14th March 2004: SAT.1: Planetopia - a science magazine on German television, a program on the newest developments in robotics had a brief coverage of our work with robots and autistic children.