Can Your Baby Drive A Robot? Ithaca College Researchers Want To Know

ITHACA, NY — Faculty researchers from Ithaca College’s computer science, occupational and physical therapy departments are looking for healthy infants who will be six to seven months of age in the interval between March 20 and May 20 to help test a mobile robot that babies will “drive” by moving their bodies. The results will be used to develop a robot that infants with disabilities can use to explore their environment in ways that would otherwise be unavailable to them.

Taking place in the college’s Center for Health Sciences, the tests will require anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, with the parent/caregiver present. A $15 incentive will be offered per session.

Anyone interested in participating in this project — or knows someone who might be — may contact Carole Dennis, associate professor and chair of occupational therapy, at (607) 274-1057 or