What if behavior could be mapped and analyzed in much the same way an MRI provides images of the brain or a microscope an up-close look at cells? Both proved to be paradigm shifts in detecting developmental anomalies or diseases like cancer, and Georgia Tech research at the intersection of computing and early childhood behavior could do the same for autism.
Building upon nearly a decade of research, Georgia Tech’s Child Study Lab, which was established in 2010 by a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation, and collaborators at Weill Cornell Medical College were awarded last year with a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant will help researchers collect new data, using the datasets created over the past decade to develop automated tools that better and more efficiently characterize behaviors that are present and important in typical child development but are often considered to be core, early-emerging markers of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) when absent.
Find out more about the history of autism research at Georgia Tech in the features below.