Keck & NSF INSPIRE Team Presents Symposium at SRCD in Austin, TX

April 13, 2017

Featured Photo (left to right): 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)


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 a robot and virtual human artificial intelligence agents.


In the above 1st photo, clockwise from upper left: Dr. Brian Scassellati (Yale Robotics Project Head); Dr. David Traum (USC Avatars Project Head); Dr. Clifton Langdon (Assistant Professor, Ph.D. 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, Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program, Petitto’s fNIRS, Thermal IR, Eye Tracking Team); Geo Kartheiser (graduate student, BL2/Gallaudet University, Ph.D. 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). The 2nd photo: Dr. Scassellati, Dr. Traum, Dr. Manini, and Professor Merla await the beginning of our SRCD symposium.

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