10 am - 1 pm
Interactions with a Robot: Zeno, Interactive Robotic Partner for Autism Spectrum Disorders
UT Arlington Electrical Engineering Professor Dr. Dan Popa and his Next Generation Group conduct research on new and improved multiscale robots that are increasingly small, integrated, and networked. Dr. Popa and his team work to design and produce robots that are inexpensive, user-friendly, and interactive.
Zeno, a two-foot tall, child-like robot, was built to function as a human-robot interactive system with the goal of assisting with the diagnoses of early stage Autism Spectrum Disorder in children. Zeno is able to mimic the actions and facial expressions of individuals who stand in front of an Xbox Kinect. As the robot smiles, blinks, and waves at participants, he can both diagnose social skill needs and provide training for social skill deficits.
Read about Dr. Popa and Zeno at http://www.uta.edu/ee/ngs/?p=314.
1 pm - 4pm
Can your listening environment impact your task performance?
Many people listen to music or watch TV while they work or study. Does the music help them do better work? Some researchers argue that auditory input helps a person ignore distractions around him or that the “digital generation” requires multiple stimuli to stay focused. Other scientists claim that music is a distraction that lowers the quality of work.
The purpose of this study is to explore the impact of the listening environment during a simple mental task. Participants will complete a simple mental task during four different auditory conditions: silence, white noise, and two different musical selections. Results will be compared between conditions, and each participant will be able to determine if the listening environment has affected his/her own task performance.
This study is a collaboration between the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and Deborah Edwards, Assistant Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The study is conducted in conjunction with the MBE Lab at the University of Texas at Arlington.