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Main Projects

Communication patterns among hearing and hearing impaired infants

The study examines the effect of hearing loss on the language acquisition of infants, by evaluating the interaction between caregivers and babies, as well as the linguistic environment in which the infants are raised. The goal is to provide evidence-based recommendations to parents, tailored to their child's unique communication patterns and needs

mother and baby
A baby and a robot

Infant speech learning from a human adult versus a robot

This study aims to uncover some of the processes involved in human speech learning, by drawing on the insights gained from research on birdsong learning. To achieve this, the study will compare how infants learn speech in two different scenarios: through interaction with a human and through interaction with a robot.

AI Based Model for Automatic Coding of Pre-Linguistic Behaviors in Infants

The objective of this research is to create an AI system that can automatically code human behavior and categorize the communication patterns of babies. Upon completion, the system will be utilized to identify abnormal behavior patterns in infants, especially those from low-income families, and provide evidence-based, personalized interventions to mitigate language delays.

Bonnie talking to a baby
A mother talks to a baby

Intonation patterns of infants versus mothers in the first six months

The importance of intonation in speech prosody cannot be overstated as it conveys emotional, syntactic, and pragmatic information, enhancing communication. This project focuses on the impact of mothers' intonation patterns on the acquisition of intonation by infants.

Exploring communication dynamics in second language learning with robot and tablet.

This project aims to investigate the communication dynamics between parents and children in the context of learning a second language, utilizing either a robot or a tablet. By analyzing both verbal and non-verbal behaviors such as eye contact and touch, the study aims to quantify the level of engagement within each triad. The findings of this research may have implications for the design of educational technology and its potential impact on family interactions and language learning outcomes.

Exploring communication dynamics in second language learning with robot and tablet.
I See Function

Development of I-SEE-F: A diagnostic tool for assessing language and communication skills in infants and toddlers

This project involves the development of a standardized diagnostic tool called I-See-Function (I-SEE-F), designed for speech therapists to assess the communication, language, and speech skills of infants and toddlers aged 3-36 months. The tool has been tested on 380 children so far, and data collection is ongoing. Currently, the I-SEE-F is being used in an intervention program to address linguistic gaps in infants and toddlers from low socioeconomic status backgrounds.

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