The David and Lorraine Freed Undergraduate Research Symposium: Greyson Parrelli

Greyson Parrelli
"Who is with you on your Disney vacation? An AI Game for Autistic Children"
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Advisor: Professor Mooi Choo Chuah

In the United States alone, it is estimated that 1 in 88 children suffer from Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The range of symptoms these children exhibit vary wildly, but range from the inability to recognize social cues to a complete inability to communi cate altogether. Some have difficulty recognizing facial expressions while others have difficulty identifying people at all. In addition, there are many more children that have Emotional Behavior Disorder (EBD) or Intellectual Disability (ID).

Traditionally, the only treatments for this family of disorders is medication and different types of therapy. As a result, Professor Chua and I have been developing mobile applications targeting these special need groups in an effort to see if such application can accelerate the learning process for these individuals. In this poster, we focus on one particular application, FotoFun, which at its heart is a puzzle game where a caretaker would tag each photo from their Dropbox with information related to its location, the people in it, and what expressions they are showing. Using a very detailed algorithm that utilizes fuzzy logic and case-based AI, the application develops questions for the player about these pictures that specifically targets that playerís trouble areas. The algorithm identifies the difficulty of certain topics e.g. facial expression recognition for a player, and any sub-topics the player may have trouble telling apart, e.g. sadness and anger. Our algorithm learns from past playing experience of a user. Via such intelligence, we hope to create a more targeted and personalized experience for children with learning difficulties.

About Greyson:
Greyson Parrelli is a junior majoring in Computer Science and Business. He has a strong passion for computing, seeing it as a wonderful tool for solving many of todayís problems. He feels that the mastering of computer science, like many skills, is a gift and with that gift comes the responsibility to use it to help others. So, when Professor Chuah approached him a year ago with the possibility of developing mobile applications for autistic children and teens, he jumped at the opportunity. It allowed him to combine his passion for developing mobile and web applications with his desire to help others. When he isnít programming his days away, he loves spending time with his friends, playing video games, and watching movies.

Research Poster

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Undergraduate Research Symposium Results

Congratulations to this year's
winner of the Symposium:

Nadia Krook, "In Vitro Examination
of Poly(glycerol sebacate)
Degradation Kinetics: Effects of
Porosity and Cure Temperature"

2nd Place: Isaac Lavine

3rd Place: Michael Beddow
and Matthew Tessitore

People's Choice: Corrin Pimentel

"Turning The Tables On Learning"

Dean David Wu's latest contribution in the February 25, 2013 issue of the Brown & White covered a variety of topics, including the Undergraduate Research Symposium's impact on past graduates.