children playing with ipad

Laboratory for Innovation in Autism

The Laboratory for Innovation in Autism is a cross-disciplinary research centre between Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, and Education with clinical application in Neuropsychiatry at the University of Strathclyde. 

Our goal is to work toward the development of new wearable and smart tech for early, fun assessment of neurodevelopmental disorder, especially autism, and to enable improved understanding of the motor disruption in autism for earlier diagnosis and improved treatment.

Latest news

  • Shortlisted for Images of Research

    10/06/20 - We are thrilled to say that we have been shortlisted for Strathclyde's Images of Research competition. You can find our photo, and the other shortlisted entries, in the gallery here

  •  New Publication - 'Making Meaning Together'

    29/05/20 - A new paper from lab director Prof Jonathan Delafield-Butt published in the journal Psychopathology explains the role of movement in non-verbal communication in autism.  Meaning is generated in narratives composed of body movement, and in autism practice it appears important to tune-in to the particular body rhythms and forms of expression to engage, and make meaningful social connection.  The sensitive analysis describes in details this interaction, made together with co-authors Profs. Mette Vaever and Susanne Harder at the University of Copenhagen, Dr Suszanne Zeedyke at Connected Baby, and with exceptional expertise from private practitioner Phoebe Caldwell.

  • SINAPSE Innovation Partnership Award

    04/05/19 - We are delighted to win the SINAPSE Innovation Partnership Award with colleagues at Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Pisa. The award kick-starts a pilot project titled ‘The brainstem in autism: A pilot 7T MRI neuroimaging study’. This project will employ state-of-the-art 7T MRI for high-resolution deep-brain scanning of the brainstem at the Imaging Centre of Excellence with psychometric testing to provide proof-of-principle data toward resolving the principle substructures of brainstem that make up its size and shape differences in children with autism.

Past Events

  • Tuesday

    PhD Defence - Sheila Achermann

    9:15 BST, Virtual attendance via Zoom

    Sheila Achermann defends her PhD dissertation Prediction in Typical and Atypical Development at Uppsala University, with Lab PI Professor Jonathan Delafield-Butt as the opponent. Full abstract and text here.

  • Wednesday

    Talk - Motor disruption in autism: Implications for social development, and its early identification by smart technology

    14:00, Virtual attendance via Zoom

    In this talk for the Com DEALL Trust, Professor Delafield-Butt will examine the embodied, affective nature of  human learning and development before it achieves linguistic expression,  as a route to basic principles of agency in movement in social  awareness, affective contact, and learning. More details here.

  • Wednesday

    Film - The Divided Brain

    In debates about the nature of modern society, worry is often expressed that we are becoming conditioned to thinking in a target-driven, beaucratic fashion. If that idea feels unsettling, how much more uncomfortable would it be to learn that we might be in the midst of an evolutionary process that will further restrict our thinking capacities to this narrow sphere? What if our society is becoming increasingly disconnected due to neurological shifts in the way our brains pay attention to the world around them? Join us for the Scotland premiere of The Divided Brain at the John Anderson Building, room 325. Tickets here.

funder logos H2020 ESRC EPSRC RSE Hawthorne Scottish Government