The ECHOES project: "Improving Children's Social Interaction through Exploratory Learning in a Multimodal Environment"

ECHOES is a Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) project, funded by ESRC and EPSRC:

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ECHOES II aims  to develop an adventurous technology-enhanced-learning (TEL) environment in which both typically developing (TD) children and children with Asperger Syndrome (AS) at Key Stage 1 (ages 5-7) can explore and improve social interaction and collaboration skills. The environment will also serve as a tool for researchers, teachers, parents, and practitioners to investigate problems that children may encounter in specific social contexts and the ways in which those problems may be addressed.
The proposed technology-enhanced learning environment will combine existing technologies in new ways. With the active participation of user groups, we will combine interactive whiteboards, gesture and gaze tracking, and intelligent agent-based context-sensitive interfaces to create a novel interactive multimodal environment that can be adapted to the needs of specific individuals, and that can provide new ways of investigating and supporting the development of social skills in children.

The project is jointly led by 
Oliver Lemon and Kaska Porayska-Pomsta.

Grant number: RES-139-25-0395


Oliver Lemon (University of Edinburgh)
Judith Good (University of Sussex)
Karen Guldberg (University of Birmingham)
Wendy Keay-Bright (University of Wales Institute)
Helen Pain (University of Edinburgh)
Kaska Porayska-Pomsta (London Knowledge Lab, University of London)
Thusha Rajendran (University of Strathclyde)
Tim Smith
(University of Edinburgh)
Annalu Waller (University of Dundee)

Research Fellows:

Sara Bernardini (London)
Jingying Chen (Edinburgh)
Mary Ellen Foster (Edinburgh)
Chris Frauenberger (Sussex)
Ana Lucena (London)

PhD students:

Rachel Menzies (Dundee)