Thanks in part to support from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), there is now an app that may screen for autism by reading kids' facial expressions for emotional cues. The app, called "Autism & Beyond," is available for free download from the Apple App Store to families wishing to participate in a related six-month medical research study by Duke University. The app's core technical component - the ONR-sponsored technology - is a complex mathematical algorithm that automatically maps key landmarks on children's faces and assesses emotional responses based on movements of facial muscles. For more about the "Autism & Beyond" study, visit the Duke University Autism & Beyond webpage.
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