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.