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The Technology and Innovation Laboratory (TIL)


The Technology and Innovation Lab at the Yale Child Study
Upper left: Girl playing with Keepon, a small yellow anthropomorphic robot. Upper right: Mary Weng (left) and Julia Elia (right) testing a new Kinect-based video game research platform. Lower left: Quan Wang (left) and Eli S. Kim (right) fixing a head-mounted eye-tracking system. Lower right: Children with a small commercial robot in a school.

The Technology and Innovation Laboratory (TIL) is dedicated to using, advancing, and developing everyday technologies for improving the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. As part of the Yale Child Study Center and the Yale Autism Program, our work focuses on both theoretical and applied advances that will help disconnected individuals to connect with others. Our mission is to bring radical, state-of-the-art, transformative technologies into everyday use in order to improve diagnostic precision, advance novel therapies, and to better understand mechanisms of change throughout the lifespan of an individual.

Research Studies

The goal of our work is to use technology to improve the lives of individuals with ASD and the lives of their families. We do this by combining expertise in technology with expertise in developmental science, to create a bridge that spans the gap between where a child with autism is, and where he or she can be. Our methods include software development, robotics, complex analytics, hardware engineering, all within the context of the strengths and weaknesses of individual children.

Learn about our research studies in early development of attentional skills, playing and interacting with a robot and other toys, skills in children and adults while playing a game on the Microsoft Kinect.