Research

 EXPLORING THE DEVELOPMENT OF HUMAN COGNITIVE FUNCTIONS

 

TOPICS:

 

• The development of multimodal integration  
• The development of social skills

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

• To assess the dynamics of the development of cross-sensory calibration, to individuate which sensory modality is determinant in influencing the development of other sensory channels.

• To determine the basic social skills (phylogeny) needed to allow for successive development .

• To investigate the transition from basic behaviours at birth to more complex social interaction, focusing on the social cues which are needed to drive development.

 

SENSORY, MOTOR AND COGNITIVE REHABILITATION

 

Picture1TOPICS:

 

• Sensory rehabilitation

• Motor rehabilitation and multimodal stimulation

• Cognitive rehabilitation

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

• To design new training protocols and devices to be used in the early years of life to stimulate the complete development of non-disabled sensory channels.

• To design new rehabilitative protocols for motor rehabilitation of children affected by cerebral palsy, by exploiting the tight neural link between action and action observation

• To implement simplified social behaviour on the humanoid robot iCub for its possible future application as controlled social stimulus for rehabilitation of autistic patients.

 

HUMAN-HUMAN(OID) FRIENDLY INTERACTION

 

TOPICS:

 

• Basic social skills to bootstrap social interaction
• Social cues for human-robot interaction
• Cultural differences in human-robot natural interaction

 

OBJECTIVES

 

• To define the taxonomy of robot behaviour parameters needed to allow for natural interaction.
• To test the validity of the behavioural models derived from developmental studies
• To study the impact of different cultures onto robotic perception and social interaction.