Principal Investigators:Andrew H. Fagg, OU CS and Biomedical Engineering
Lei Ding, OU ECE and Biomedical Engineering
Thubi H.A. Kolobe,, OUHSC Rehabilitation Sciences
David P. Miller, OU AME and Biomedical Engineering
Effective robotic assistance of infants with or at risk of developing Cerebral Palsy (CP) has the potential to reduce the significant functional limitations as well as the potential deficits in cognitive development. This project focuses on the development and testing of 1) a sequence of robotic assistants} that promote early crawling, creeping, and walking, and 2) a model of infant-robot interaction that encourages the continued practice of movement patterns that will ultimately lead to unassisted locomotion.
Typically developing infants initially learn to crawl through the
generation of spontaneous limb and trunk movements. Early in the
process, these spontaneous movements transport the infant across the
floor. The rewarding locomotory experience drives the infant to refine
the movements to intentional and exploratory skills. Ultimately, the
infant intentionally engages these skills to solve larger problems,
such as obtaining an interesting toy or exploring their environment.
Infants with conditions such as CP lack the muscle strength, postural
control, and motor coordination necessary for these early exploratory
limb and trunk movements to result in locomotion. Without this
positive feedback, the development of the neural pathways for
productive limb use is diminished, which results in delayed or lack of
development of crawling and walking. These limitations in mobility
negatively affect other domains of development such as perception and
cognition, with effects being visible even into adulthood.
Publications (including for this project)
fagg at cs.ou.edu
Last modified: Mon Jul 20 12:39:05 2015