Virtual reality interaction techniques for individuals with autism spectrum disorder

Evren Bozgeyikli, Lal “Lila” Bozgeyikli, Redwan Alqasemi, Andrew Raij, Srinivas Katkoori, Rajiv Dubey

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2 Scopus citations

Abstract

Virtual reality (VR) systems are seeing growing use for training individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Although these systems indicate effective use of VR for training, there is little work in the literature evaluating different VR interaction techniques for this audience. In this paper, different VR interaction techniques are explored in the Virtual Reality for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR4VR) system and additional data analysis on top of our previously published preliminary results [1] was performed via a user study with nine individuals with ASD and ten neurotypical individuals. The participants tried six vocational training modules of the VR4VR system. In these modules, tangible object manipulation, haptic device, touch and snap and touchscreen were tested for object selection and manipulation; real walking and walk-in-place were tested for locomotion; and head mounted display and curtain screen were tested for display. Touchscreen and tangible interaction methods were preferred by the individuals with ASD. The walk-in-place locomotion technique were found frustrating and difficult to perform by the individuals with ASD. Curtain display received higher preference scores from individuals with ASD although they accepted the HMD as well. The observations and findings of the study are expected to give insight into the poorly explored area of experience of individuals with ASD with various interaction techniques in VR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUniversal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Virtual, Augmented, and Intelligent Environments - 12th International Conference, UAHCI 2018, Held as Part of HCI International 2018, Proceedings
EditorsMargherita Antona, Constantine Stephanidis
PublisherSpringer-Verlag
Pages58-77
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9783319920511
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event12th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, UAHCI 2018 Held as Part of HCI International 2018 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: Jul 15 2018Jul 20 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10908 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, UAHCI 2018 Held as Part of HCI International 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas
Period7/15/187/20/18

Keywords

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Interaction techniques
  • Virtual reality
  • Vocational rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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