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Seeking for MAUGLI - A labyrinthine journey through the jungle
Why? Aims
Maugli hardly ever looks for any contact with other people. Maybe never. Yet he can also hear, see and feel. But his mind and brain can handle the stimuli coming into his inner world in a different way. He is often unable to add intellective meaning to his perceptions. For instance, words mean very little to him, therefore it is more difficult for him to adapt to the world. He does not understand, for example,why we smile at him when he does nice work.

He is socially blind, therefore it is problematic for him to unscramble other peolple’s emotions or intentions. Maugli lives with autism or, as the specialists and helpers say, have Autistic Spectrum Disorder. According to our present knowledge, it accompanies him all through his life.
We do not know exactly that Maugli is one out of a hundred or of sixty-four children. That is, we do not know how many are exactly affected.

Maugli lives in Hungary, where people know little about him and his peers, as well as about autism itself. He is supported by excellent specialists, many are involved in trying to open a window for him to the outside world. Many of his fellows yet do not get the chance that their attributes are recognized and the proper development is provided.

Maugli also uses infocommunication tools. Why not use the applications of new technologies, the Internet and the virtual world. Innovative, tailor-made solutions can help him sooner or later get through the zebra crossing alone.

In the interest of Maugli and his fellows, we need to increase the understanding of the society. Imagine we needed to adapt to their world! The enthusiastic specialists as well as the worried parents - who leave for their exploration path despite their own original intentions- can be part of the results. The stake is Maugli's security and the fulfillment of his life.
The goal is Maugli's development and for this purpose also the use of predictions based on understanding. A possible tool to reach this goal can be linking hybrid solutions that have never or little been used so far and which make it possible to track changes in Maugli.
Maugli's drawings, eye movements, and facial expression reflect his inner state of mind. The interpretation of these above not only facilitates the tracking of changes, but also the decision about where to go further.

What do we do for Maugli?
  • we use the movements of his look, the changes in his emotions and the images he creates to elaborate on what kind of data can be collected and how they can be used;
  • we make the results of his developments measurable;
  • we create simulation models to show why we need to develop him in a specific direction;
  • we examine how these results can be utilised in the society as well.
Pupils do not lie - eye camera Mimicry of emotions - face-reading system RobotEye - Maugli's drawings
Maugli's condition is evaluated using eye camera test method that can contribute to the early detection of different developmental patterns, based on our assumptions and foreign models. Our tests on a small sample showed that children with autism have different look order. They mostly perceived and followed the mimicry and hand gestures of the characters in the movie. The objects are in the focus of their attention only when they are used, in direct interaction with the characters. In texts the children's attention is scattered, they are not able to concentrate on them. While the eye camera captures the unconscious eye movement of Maugli as well as the frequency and time of the selection of image stimulants, the other camera as a face-reading system reads the children's emotional responses.
The face-reading system is able to detect the basic emotions by capturing the mimic changes of the face points. The face-reading system makes the recognition of children’s characterictic mimic changes possible.
The specific question of image analysis is which are the image characteristics that provide substantive information in case of certain consequences or consequence variables.
We examine Maugli's randomly selected drawings based on randomly selected features!

Can the drawings be telltale about Maugli? If so, is it possible to work "only" on the basis of the drawings, and if so, along what goals and methods? As so far the meaning of the drawings had to be supported basically by interviews, questionnaires and other diagnostic tools.
Is it possible to sort our knowledge about Maugli by the characteristics of his drawings? Can it work as a kind of diagnosis, a precursor of the therapy?
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