In May 2022 we piloted something novel in Robostudio. A voluntary group of Human-Technology Interaction students got a chance to try out co-learning and facilitation of younger pupils (4th and 6th grade) on different kinds of learning tasks related to social robots. The tasks took place on the learning stations with Pepper, Nao and Clicbot, and in addition we had a longer task about storytelling with Alphamini. The tasks varied a lot when it comes to their content and the interaction needed between the students and pupils. No one can state that the task was too easy, so we raise a hat for these brave students who took this challenge, and we warmly thank the participating pupils who came to Robostudio and gave this chance and challenge for us 😊 From the teacher’s perspective the workshops were smooth and everybody seemed to handle their tasks successfully, and also the pupils seemed to enjoy the workshop, interaction and the robotic tasks. Everybody was able to learn a lot, but not necessarily the same things. Please read the story to find out how it went from the students’ perspective and what they learned!
“What on earth are you doing?” was the reaction from a Computing Sciences professor when a bunch of school pupils and Human-Technology Interaction students were seen together with robots in a robotic co-learning session. Curious? Wondering how it turned out? Continue reading to know more.
We have opened a brand new Robostudio in TAU Hervanta campus. Robostudio is a multidisciplinary co-learning space to work with lovely social robots. It is dedicated for educational purposes and the activity is strongly connected to research as well. User Experience in Robotics course runs in this space, as well as social robotics-related thesis projects. We are also running other kinds of co-learning events and workshops where we invite for example school pupils to learn with us.
Visiting prof. Filippo Lanubile's group Collab at University of Bari (Italy) has been planned and post-poned again and again for the past two years. Finally, a window of opportunity opened in December 2021. One week in Bari lead to several possible collaboration forms in the future and gave a nice introduction to the local cuisine as well. Some things just can't be advanced over Zoom.
The teachers and researchers from CS attended SEFI 2021 conference “Blended Learning in Engineering Education: challenging, enlightening – and lasting?” held remotely due to the covid pandemic. Four papers from Computing Sciences were presented covering topics from ethics, learning path visualization, automatic grading and educating web developers - a strong representation of several aspects of computing education.
The programming flexibility allows social robots to be tailored for different academic goals and interaction preferences. Needless to say, integrating social robots in the curriculum is one of the most novel yet popular teaching methods these years.
AI Hub pilot with Trialwell: Usability evaluation of the Trialwell web platform to recruit participants for clinical and non-clinical trials
Trialwell supports researches by recruiting appropriate participants. AI Hub conducted a pilot study with Trialwell to evaluate their webservice with potential participants. The mission of AI Hub is to provide Aritifical Intelligence (AI) related guidance for small and medium sized companies (SMEs) free of charge. Since Trialwell will use AI to match participants’ profile with appropriate research trial, AI Hub agreed to conduct a pilot project to evaluate the usability and usefulness of the system.
I jumped on a bit unusual journey into Human-Computer Interaction and the world of social robots in search of my “reason for being”.
Seeking for a cool summer job or part-time job? Check out Tampere University Computing Sciences positions and apply now!
Tampere University Computing Sciences unit offers summer intern positions. Interns work on interesting research topics in the Tampere University CS research groups, as well as new methods on teaching development projects. We are looking for BSc or MSc degree students at Tampere University for the summer 2021. We do not expect previous research experience but appreciate enthusiasm to work hard and learn more. You will be supervised by our researchers and staff who are committed to give you a great experience! The deadline for the applications is 10.3. but the sooner you act, the better!