Robot research to help children with autism. Researcher testing a robot developed to provide therapy for children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). Robot-assisted therapies (RAT) have shown promise as potential assessment and therapeutic tools as research has shown that children with ASD engage more readily with robots rather than humans, because robots are simple and predictable. This robot, developed at the University of Portsmouth, UK, records sensory and motion data, and uses a multi-camera smart environment. Filmed in 2018.