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Saishashank Balaji

PhD Research Fellow

D3062 ( Jon Lilletuns vei 9, Grimstad )

Shashank is a PhD research fellow at the University of Agder's faculty of engineering sciences, where he works on developing wearable haptic devices and AI applications to help children with autism to improve sensory integration and situational awareness.

Shashank's research is multifaceted, incorporating robots, haptics, AI, health informatics, and mobile health systems. He develops prediction systems for problem behaviour in autism using biomarkers such as heart rate, heart rate variability, and electrodermal activity. He applies vibrotactile and thermal feedbacks to improve sensory integration and situational awareness. 

The research is funded by TRCM and in collaboration with the Centre for eHealth, i4Helse and Sørlandet Sykehus (SSHF).

Research interests

Assistive Robotics

Digital Healthcare Technology

Social Robots and HMI

Health Informatics

AI for Healthcare


Academic interests

Deep Learning and Reinforcement Learning

Haptic & Tactile Feedback

Rehabilitation Engineering 

Scientific publications

  • Balaji, Saishashank; Sanfilippo, Filippo; Gerdes, Martin; Prattichizzo, Domenico (2021). A Perspective on Intervention Approaches for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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