Garrattsville Student Studies How Robots May Ease Autism Challenges

Garrattsville Student Studies How

Robots May Ease Autism Challenges

SUNY Oneonta studeny Mark Crosby interfaces with Ricky the Robot, who is helping develop communication skills of children with autism. (SUNY Oneonta photo)
SUNY Oneonta studeny Mark Crosby interfaces with Ricky the Robot, who is helping develop communication skills of children with autism. (SUNY Oneonta photo)

ONEONTA – Mark Crosby of Garrattsville is on a three-member SUNY Oneonta research team studying how robots could help children with autism to develop communication skills. 

The team is collaborating with a speech pathologist from the Broome-Tioga BOCES to observe how children with autism interact with humanoid robots they have programmed.

This Friday at the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference at SUNY Cobleskill, Crosby will demonstrate a robot nicknamed “Ricky” that he has programmed to dance, speak and interact.

A computer science major, Crosby worked with the robot last semester as an independent study under the guidance of Associate Professor of Computer Science Jim Ryder. He received a student research grant to continue the work this semester.

In addition to Friday’s conference, Crosby will present at SUNY Oneonta’s Student Research & Creative Activity Day on April 20 and at the 21st annual Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges: Northeast regional conference at Hamilton College from April 29-30.


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