An engagement of humanoid (social) robots inspecial education may raise ethical questions. Hence, the development of useful therapeutic treatments may be hampered. To circumvent the aforementioned problem we propose training a humanoid robot R1 toward copying (i.e., reproducing) the behavior of a child. Then, use another humanoid robot R2 to interact with robot R1 toward developing an effective treatment in special education without raising ethical questions. Experiments here consider children with autism. Preliminary application results have been encouraging.
V.G. Kaburlasos, Ch. Dardani, M. Dimitrova, A. Amanatiadis, “Multi-robot engagement in special education: a preliminary study in autism”, Proceedings of the 36th IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE), Las Vegas, USA, 12-15 January 2018, pp. 995-996.