KASPAR, social assisted robot therapy

The Problem

  • About 700,000 people in the UK are affect by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Children with ASD have difficulties with communication and social interaction, finding it socially demanding and unpredictable.

Our research

  • Wider research has shown that children with ASD enjoy communicating with computers and robots
  • Consequently, our researchers designed and developed a patented humanoid robot, called KASPAR, to provide therapy for children with autism
  • In the first NHS study of its kind, KASPAR demonstrated how it can effectively help children with ASD increase their everyday functioning through individualised social interventions.

Research Impact

  • 20 KASPAR robots have been introduced to schools, homes and hospitals to provide one-to-one support
  • KASPAR has socially supported around 250 children across six countries
  • A licensing agreement has been reached with a Canadian company to bring KASPAR to market in North America and Asia
  • KASPAR is contributing to the public’s wider acceptance of social robots for therapy.


  • Prof Kerstin Dautenhahn
  • Prof Farshid Amirabdollahian
  • Dr Ben Robins