Professor Laura-Ann Petitto (Gallaudet University) and Professor Arcangelo Merla (Head of fNIRs Neuroimaging and Neurophysiological Thermal IR Imaging Laboratory, Universitá Gabriele d’Annunzio-Chieti Pescara Italy) attend and participate in the 2018 Europe-wide RoboCup Junior Competition. 

The three-day conference involved more than 2000 students and there were over 400 participating schools and robotics entries from countries spanning all of Europe. The students had built robots and advanced technology integration. The students were competing for grand Robotics prizes, which would benefit their school and country. This exciting gathering featured the best and brightest young minds in robotics and in the technological-medical sciences. 

“Pala Dean Martin” shows Professor Laura-Ann Petitto at the entrance to the grand Congress Hall where over 2000 students gathered for the robotics competition. (Interesting aside: The Congress Hall is called Dean Martin because the famous singer-actor was born in this coastal town, called “Montesilvano”)

Professor Arcangelo Merla (Head of fNIRs Neuroimaging and Neurophysiological Thermal IR Imaging Laboratory, Universitá Gabriele d’Annunzio-Chieti Pescara Italy) standing outside of the grand Congress Hall where RoboCup was held.

NSF INSPIRE, “RAVE” language learning tool (Petitto, PI) slide, specifically, Professor Merla’s Thermal IR Imaging integrated multi-cue thermal IR imaging analyses.