About Us

EmotiPlay’s vision is to become the leading global provider of engaging interactive software solutions that integrate advanced technologies and enhance the communication and social skills of people with autism and other related social communication disorders.

The project was initiated by Compedia and the Autism Research Lab at Bar-Ilan University, together with the Autism Research Centre (ARC) at the University of Cambridge and the unit for pediatric neuropsychiatry the Department of Women's and Children's Health at Karolinska Institutet.

The multi-disciplinary team assembled for this project consists of world leading researchers in the field of Autism, top researchers in the field of human-machine as well as ICT-based solution providers for this community, including:


Prof. Simon Baron-Cohen

Prof. Simon Baron-Cohen, head of the Autism Research Centre (ARC) at Cambridge University, (UK).

Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, Prof. Baron-Cohen is one of the world's leading researchers in the field of autism.

Prof. Sven Bölte

Prof. Sven Bölte, Head of the unit for pediatric neuropsychiatry the Department of Women's and Children's Health at Karolinska Institutet, (Sweden).

Prof. Bölte has published more than 100 original articles, reviews, book chapters, assessment and intervention tools in the field of ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Prof. Ofer Golan

Prof.. Ofer Golan, Head of the Autism Research Lab, Department of Psychology at Bar-Ilan University, (Israel).

Prof. Golan specializes in emotion recognition and in ICT-based interventions for individuals with ASC, and has published extensively on these fields. He is the clinical director of the "Bait Echad" centers for diagnosis and treatment of individuals with ASC and their families.

Prof. Peter Robinson

Prof. Peter Robinson, University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, (UK).

Professor Robinson leads the Rainbow Research Group working on computer graphics and interaction. He has a particular interest in affective computing.

Prof. Björn Schuller

Prof. Björn Schuller, University of Passau (Germany) and Imperial College London (UK)

Prof. Schuller is among the world-leading individuals in the field of Affective Computing. His research is centered around machine intelligence for human behaviour analysis and mobile health.

Prof. Antonio Camurri

Prof. Antonio Camurri, Associate Professor at the University of Genova (Italy).

Prof. Camurri teaches "Human Computer Interaction" and "Multimodal Systems for Human Computer Interaction". His research interests include computational models of non-verbal expressive gesture, emotion, and social signals.

Mr. Gil Ilutowich / Mr. Shay Newman
Mr. Gil Ilutowich / Mr. Shay Newman

Mr. Gil Ilutowich / Mr. Shay Newman, co-founders and owners, Compedia Ltd. (Israel)

Compedia specialises in the creation of educational and "edutainment" interactive content for children, with more than 20 years' experience in game development.

Ms. Noga Meir-Goren, Product manager, EmotiPlay

Ms. Noga Meir-Goren, Product manager, EmotiPlay (Israel).

With more than 15 years' experience in ICT education and health interactive content development, Ms. Meir-Goren leads EmotiPlay's current activities to fulfil its vision.

Ms Aurélie Baranger

Ms Aurélie Baranger, Autism-Europe (Brussels)

Autism-Europe is an advocacy organisation representing the rights of an estimated 5 million people with autism across Europe.

Dr. Rynkiewicz specializes

Dr. Agnieszka Rynkiewicz, Department of Psychiatry at Medical University of Gdańsk, head of Centrum Diagnozy, Terapii i Edukacji SPECTRUM ASC-MED in Gdańsk (Poland).

Dr. Rynkiewicz specializes in psychiatry, sex/gender differences in ASD, ICT-based solutions to ASD assessment and intervention tools, is an internationally recognised certified ADOS-2 trainer.