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Principal Investigator

  • Prof. SO Wing Chee, Catherine


  • Funding Sources

    Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund

    Hong Kong Research Grant Council

    The Commerce and Economic Development Bureau (Professional Services Advancement Support Scheme)

    Innovation and Technology Commission

  • Collaboration

    NEC Hong Kong Limited

  • Patent

    6 trademarks in China

    3 trademarks in Hong Kong

  • Award

    Runners up in E-Education & Learning Award (Private Sector/NGO), WITSA Global Innovation and Tech Excellence Award 2022

    Silver Medal, International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva 2022

    Merit Award, Information Communication and Technology Awards, in 2018 and Gold Award in 2021

    Outstanding Social Service Award, 2021 Best Practice Awards in Social Welfare; Service Delivery Award (Innovative Ideas),  Service Delivery Award (User Participation) and Service Delivery Award (Evidence-based Practice))

RABI®, an innovative, theory-driven, and evidence-based intervention, aims to enhance social and communicative functioning of autistic individuals, facilitate their societal inclusion, and eventually promote their economic self-sufficiency. Through the demonstration of the appropriate social skills in robot dramas, autistic children are taught self-care skills, appropriate ways to behave in various scenarios, and emotional understanding and expression. With different levels of difficulty, RABI® can cater diverse learning needs of autistic individuals.

Social robots, HUMANE, deployed in RABI®

Uniqueness and Competitive Advantages:

  • Has 10 modules covering a plethora of social and behavioral skills according to a simple-to-complex approach
  • Caters for diverse socio-economic background of autistic learners
  • Compared with humans, robots can better reduce autistic children’s agitation in learning social skills
Group-based RABI® class