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Domenico Campolo, Fabrizio Taffoni, Giuseppina Schiavone, Domenico Formica, Eugenio Guglielmelli, and Flavio Keller (Submitted)

Technology for ecological assessment of sensori-motor coordination in infants

International Journal of Social Robotics.

This paper describes an interdisciplinary approach to the assessment on infants' behavior, with focus on the technology. The goal is an objective, quantitative analysis of concurrent maturation of sensory, motor and cognitive abilities in young children, in relation to the achievement of developmental milestones. Two platforms are presented: an instrumented block-box and a sensorized cap, specifically developed to assess, respectively, the ability to insert objects into holes and social attention. The functional specifications are derived from experimental protocols devised by neuroscientists to assess spatial cognition skills and social behavior. Technological choices are emphasized with respect to ecological requirements. Also ad-hoc calibration pro- cedures are presented which are suitable to unstructured environments. Finally, preliminary tests carried out at a local day-care with 12-24 months old infants are presented which prove the in-field usability of the proposed technology.
Neuro-Developmental Engineering; Instrumented Toys; Wearable Devices; In-Field Calibration
Relevant for: WP3 empirical experiments. WP5 intrinsic/extrinsic motivations. Background on mechatronic technolgy which could be used to build materials and setups for running experiments on intrinsic motivations with human subjects and monkeys.