Examining Robots Reach In The Classroom

27 October 2011

University students on robotics assignment

(L to R) Computer Games Programming students Ben Batty and Alex Cunliffe take part in a robotics assignment. Technology is helping enhance the learning experience.

Robotics and related systems have become readily available and affordable in recent years; and increasingly capable, flexible and easy to use.

Dave Voorhis, Programme Leader for the University's Computing and Computer Games Programming courses.

Please note, this event is now fully booked.

The futuristic idea of 'robot teachers' will be discussed at a one day conference run by experts at the University of Derby.

As robotic systems reduce in size and cost they are increasingly being used as teaching aids for a wide range of technology-based degree courses - but how far might the practice go?

Experts will be discussing what's available now and what might happen in the future at the free 'Bot Shop' event at the University's Kedleston Road site, in Derby, from 9am on Friday (October 28). The event has been organised by its School of Computing and Mathematics.

Subjects under discussion will include:

  • Neural Nets - attempts to artificially mimic the way our biological brains work; already in common use in computer systems which can 'recognise' speech patterns or photo images.
  • Embedded Systems - often tiny computer systems, designed to do a specific task with great efficiency. These can be found in many everyday products including digital watches, washing machines, traffic lights and factory assembly lines.
  • Artificial Intelligence - particularly focusing on a robot simulator programme called CritterWorld, used at Derby to teach first year Computer Programming students.

Dave Voorhis, Programme Leader for the University's Computing and Computer Games Programming courses, said: "Robotics and related systems have become readily available and affordable in recent years; and increasingly capable, flexible and easy to use.

"Our event will look at their current and future roles in teaching students. It's a great opportunity for tutors to share what they've learned."

For further information about the event see website www.ics.heacademy.ac.uk/events/displayevent.php?id=260

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