Sunday, August 29, 2010

Georgia Tech, 8 other universities receive $10 million federal grant to develop computer system that can screen children for autism

From The AP:

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech and other colleges have received a $10 million federal grant to develop a computer system that can screen young children for developmental disorders like autism.

The National Science Foundation award will go to researchers collecting behavioral data from children to help develop an automated system of analysis and identification. The computer-based system will help increase the number of children who can be screened and get them the critical treatments they need earlier in life.

Other colleges involved are: Boston University, Carnegie Mellon, Emory University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Southern California and the Marcus Institute autism research center in Atlanta.