Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders: Robotics – Technology and Computer Assistance
Guest Editors: Frederick Shic, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut & Matthew Goodwin, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
Rapid advances in technology are changing the way we work, play, learn, and live. Consumer grade technologies are available today that were the privileged domain of elite research institutions only a decade ago. These same trends are also beginning to accelerate and enhance the ability to better understand and support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
This special issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (JADD) explores how advances in technology are changing, and will continue to transform, research and practice in individuals with ASD. This issue will provide an international forum for researchers to present new scientific findings and methodologies, with a specific focus on the impact of modern or cutting-edge technologies on the daily lives of individuals with ASD. Reviews of existing research that provide new perspectives or syntheses on the role of technology in the lives of individuals with ASD are also welcome.
Example topics include investigations of:
-- Modern augmentative and alternative communication applications, especially those with novel practical or theoretical contributions;
-- Automated digital teaching systems, including computer-aided instruction, video games, and robotic platforms;
-- Platforms providing alternative means for instruction or skill acquisition, including virtual reality systems and remote instruction;
-- Systems that facilitate communication and interaction among individuals with ASD and/or their support networks, e.g. studies of web-based social networks, forums, or blogs;
-- Systems that support the daily lives of individuals with ASD, including work on visual schedules, planning applications, prompting, calendaring, and reminder systems;
-- The ability of individuals with ASD to adapt to and leverage new technologies or to utilize existing technologies;
-- The adaptation of experimental methodologies (e.g. eye-tracking, electrodermal activity monitoring, EEG/ERP) to support monitoring of behaviors and/or states in general environments or progress in educational contexts; and
-- Advances in database creation and management and/or analytic methods for dealing with large, multivariate, time-varying data.
Manuscripts should be submitted by February 1, 2014 through JADD’s online editorial manager (http://www.editorialmanager.com/jadd/default.asp).
When submitting, please select the article type: “SI: Robotics – Technology and Computer Assistance.”
Submitted manuscripts should be prepared per JADD author guidelines for articles or brief reports only and should include a cover letter that: (1) states the article is intended for the special issue; (2) explains how the article is relevant for this call; and (3) recommends three reviewers. All manuscripts will undergo standard peer review.