C. Bazinas

Effectiveness of a robot-assisted psychological intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Abstract Difficulties with social interaction characterise children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and have a negative impact in their everyday life. Integrating a social-humanoid robot within the standard clinical treatment has been proven promising. The main aim of this randomised controlled study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a robot-assisted psychosocial intervention and the secondary aim was to investigate potential differences between a robot-assisted intervention group and a control group receiving intervention by humans only. The analysis of the results showed…

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Social robots for pedagogical rehabilitation in special education for the elderly – V-RITA2022

Abstract Numerous studies have reported social robot applications for children including both typical and special education. Similar applications for the elderly are underplayed. However, children grow to adults and, ultimately, to elderly. This preliminary work, based on our expertise with social robot NAO in special education applications for children, reports an approach for engaging social robots for elderly with Alzheimer’s disease. In particular, a social robot, equipped with a variety of electronic sensors and supported by suitable mathematical models implemented in software, is engaged as a…

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Considerations for a multi-purpose agrobot design toward automating skillful viticultural tasks: a study in northern Greece vineyards – HAICTA 2022, Athens, Greece

Abstract Seasonal labor shortages in agriculture are experienced throughout Europe and beyond especially, but not only, during the harvest time when the demand for hands is high as well as urgent. Agrobots have been established as a sustainable solution to support these growing demands due to their capacity to work incessantly, fast as well as with skillful precision.  In the aforementioned context, this work investigates the design of a single multi-purpose robotic system towards automation of a number of skillful…

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Variable selection for the prediction of TSS, pH and TA of intact berries of Thompson seedless grapes from their NIS reflection – SoftCOM 2022, Split, Croatia

Abstract Wavenumbers of high absolute value of correlation coefficient to Total Soluble Solids (TSS), pH, or Titratable Acidity (TA) were selected from reflection Fourier transform near infrared (FT-NIR) spectra of intact grape berries of the white variety Thompson Seedless. Multiple linear regression (MLR) and partial least squares (PLS) regression were applied to the spectra to construct trained regression models able to predict TSS, pH, and TA. Square Pearson’s correlation coefficient (R2) and the Mean Square Error (MSE) were used to…
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Efficacy of a Robot-Assisted Intervention in Improving Learning Performance of Elementary School Children with Specific Learning Disorders – Children 2022, 9(8), 1155

Abstract (1) Background: There has been significant recent interest in the potential role of social robots (SRs) in special education. Specific Learning Disorders (SpLDs) have a high prevalence in the student population, and early intervention with personalized special educational programs is crucial for optimal academic achievement. (2) Methods: We designed an intense special education intervention for children in the third and fourth years of elementary school with a diagnosis of a SpLD. Following confirmation of eligibility and informed consent, the…

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