The Keck & NSF INSPIRE team traveled to Austin, TX where they delivered a five-talk symposium on April 6th, 2017, titled “Discoveries about infant language learning and “readiness to learn” from integrated fNIRS, thermal IR, robot, and avatar sciences” (Petitto, PI & Symposium Chair) at the biannual meeting of Society for Research on Child Development. Our presentation was a success! We also hosted our annual all-hands-on-deck meeting in Austin prior to, and following, our SRCD symposium.

Our talks included:

  1. Petitto, L.A. (April, 2017). Discoveries about infant language learning and “readiness to learn” from integrated fNIRS, thermal IR, robot, and avatar sciences. Symposium chair, Society for Research on Child Development, Austin, TX.
  2. Scassellati, B., Traum, D., Tsui, K., Shapiro, A., Petitto, L.A. (April, 2017). The RAVE: Designing technology-based interactions for deaf infants.
  3. Merla, A. & Manini, B. (April, 2017). Assessing emotions and arousal in developmental psychophysiology studies with thermal infrared imaging.
  4. Stone, A., Manini, B., Kartheiser, G., Malzkuhn, M., Langdon, C., Merla, A., & Petitto, L.A. (April, 2017). Detecting the rhythmic temporal patterning of language: Infants’ neural, physiological, and behavioral sensitivity.
  5. Manini, B., Tsui, K., Stone, A., Scassellati, B., Traum, D., Merla, A., & Petitto, L.A. (April, 2017). Physiological and behavioral correlates of babies’ social engagement with robot and virtual human artificial intelligence agents.

In the above photo, from left:

  • Professor Laura-Ann Petitto (BL2/Gallaudet University fNIRS, thermal IR, Eye Tracking Team).
  • Dr. Brian Scassellati (Yale Robotics Project Head)
  • Professor Arcangelo Merla (Thermal IR Imaging and Integration Project Head, Universita D’Annunzio, Chieti-Pescara, Italy)
  • Dr. Barbara Manini (NSF INSPIRE/Keck Post-Doc, Petitto’s Gallaudet/BL2 Team)

 

In the above photo, clockwise from upper left: Dr. Brian Scassellati (Yale Robotics Project Head); Dr. David Traum (USC Avatars Project Head); Dr. Clifton Langdon (Assistant Professor, PhD in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program; Petitto’s Gallaudet Team); Professor Arcangelo Merla (Thermal IR Imaging and Integration Project Head, Universita D’Annunzio, Chieti-Pescara, Italy); Dr. Barbara Manini (NSF INSPIRE/Keck Post-Doc, Petitto’s Gallaudet/BL2 Team); Adam Stone (graduate student, BL2/Gallaudet University, PhD in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program, Petitto’s fNIRS, Thermal IR, Eye Tracking Team); Geo Kartheiser (graduate student, BL2/Gallaudet University, PhD in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program, Petitto’s fNIRS, Thermal IR, Eye Tracking Team); Sharon Ploeger, ASL Interpreter; Professor Laura-Ann Petitto (BL2/Gallaudet University fNIRS, thermal IR, Eye Tracking Team).

 

Dr. Scassellati, Dr. Traum, Dr. Manini, and Professor Merla await the beginning of our SRCD symposium.