Self-Stimulatory Behaviours in the Wild for Autism Diagnosis

Shyam Sundar Rajagopalan, Abhinav Dhall, Roland Goecke; Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) Workshops, 2013, pp. 755-761


Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), often referred to as autism, are neurological disorders characterised by deficits in cognitive skills, social and communicative behaviours. A common way of diagnosing ASD is by studying behavioural cues expressed by the children. We introduce a new publicly-available dataset of children videos exhibiting self-stimulatory (stimming) behaviours commonly used for autism diagnosis. These videos, posted by parents/caregivers in public domain websites, are collected and annotated for the stimming behaviours. These videos are extremely challenging for automatic behaviour analysis as they are recorded in uncontrolled natural settings. The dataset contains 75 videos with an average duration of 90 seconds per video, grouped under three categories of stimming behaviours: arm flapping, head banging and spinning. We also provide baseline results of tests conducted on this dataset using a standard bag of words approach for human action recognition. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first attempt in publicly making available a SelfStimulatory Behaviour Dataset (SSBD) of children videos recorded in natural settings.

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author = {Shyam Sundar Rajagopalan and Abhinav Dhall and Roland Goecke},
title = {Self-Stimulatory Behaviours in the Wild for Autism Diagnosis},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) Workshops},
month = {June},
year = {2013}