Conference Program

To download the program for RiE 2018, click here (pdf file)


Opening Session on Wednesday:
Prof. Dr. David P. Miller: An Incomplete History of Robotics Education and KISS Institute for Practical Robotics

Abstract Mechanically controlled robots have probably been around for thousands of years. Some mechanical robots — hundreds of years old and still functioning — can be found in museums throughout the world. But robots used to teach generalized problem solving and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are a more recent phenomenon, starting in the mid-twentieth century and coinciding with the development of the electronic digital computer. As computational technology has advanced, becoming less expensive than mechanical clockwork, so have the breadth and capabilities of educational robotics. KISS Institute for Practical Robotics (KIPR) started its Botball Program in the 1990s and was one of the first educational robotics programs aimed at students not yet in college to emphasize algorithmic problem solving and general purpose computer programming. In the past twenty years, many other programs have come about that emphasize a wide variety of robotics technologies, scholastic goals and student demographics. This talk will discuss the origins of KIPR, its formation and its various educational programs. It will also touch upon some of the unexplored spaces that may still exist in the current world of robotics education.

Me-2016Biography Dr. David P. Miller has been the Wilkonson Chair and Professor of Intelligent Systems based in the School of AME at the University of Oklahoma since 1999. Dr. Miller has a Bachelors in Astronomy from Wesleyan University and a PhD in Computer Science/AI from Yale. His primary research areas are in robot mobility, the tradeoff between algorithm and mechanism, assistive technology and STEM education. Miller worked at NASA’s Ames Research Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for his work at JPL on small rovers, leading to the Mars Pathfinder Rover Mission. He is a founder of KISS Institute for Practical Robotics and its Botball Program. Miller is the faculty advisor of the OU Boomer Rocket Team and the Sooner Rover Team (SoRo). He teaches courses in programming, space science and astrodynamics, as well as a variety of courses (both lecture and laboratory) in robotics. He is currently on a rotation at the US National Science Foundation (NSF) on loan from the University of Oklahoma.


Morning Session on Thursday:
Dr Carina Girvan: Understanding Robotics in Education

Abstract Educational robotics is a fragmented field. Researchers from computer science and engineering design robotics tools and conduct user trials. Broader research into the impact of educational robotics activities, particularly on young people’s interests in STEM, often lack pedagogical underpinning. Educationalists, on the other-hand, are often restricted to off-the-shelf tools. Individual researchers have their own specific interests from early-years to informal education; from the teaching and learning of science to specific pedagogic theory and praxis; from teacher education to curriculum design and national policy making. Those working in education also often come from different disciplines, for example sociology and psychology.
Educational robotics is also a cross-over field, where ideas can be traded between disciplines and understandings broaden. However this is often difficult to achieve as researchers are typically wed to the traditions of their own fields and specific paradigms within those.
In this talk, I will explore some of the ways that we can come to understand the impact of robotics within education through research. Considering the diverse but often aligned perspectives of researchers in different fields, the theoretical and practical implications of research designs, ethical questions and of course the analysis and interpretation of data; I will present ways of working and understanding that can positively impact the field, teachers in the classroom and most importantly their students.
Igor_VernerBiography Dr Carina Girvan is a lecturer in Education in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. With her first degree in linguistics, post-graduate teaching qualification from Cambridge University, experience as a primary and secondary school teacher, and both Masters and PhD from the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College, Dublin; Carina’s experience as both practitioner and interdisciplinary researcher provides her with distinctive ways of thinking and working in the field of robotics in education.
Carina’s research focuses on emerging technologies and the design of transformational educational experiences. Her work involves the use of virtual worlds and explores the opportunities and constraints of education in these spaces. This includes the design of robotics tools, classroom and virtual world design and orchestration, lesson design and learning outcomes.
Carina currently leads the evaluation of Educational Robotics for STEM (ER4STEM, funded by the European Commission), working closely with teachers and researchers from multiple disciplines from the social sciences to computer science and engineering, as well as industry partners. She considers the pedagogic principles behind the design of educational robotics activities, examines the interaction of learners with robots and evaluates the impact of these activities on learners themselves. Her work has informed the development of a framework for educational robotics activities in STEM.


Wednesday, April 18
08:00-09:00 Registration
09:00-10:00 Opening Session
  • Welcome & Introduction
    Richard Balogh, Angele Giuliano, Wilfried Lepuschitz, David Obdržálek – RiE 2018 Co-Chairpersons
  • Keynote: An Incomplete History of Robotics Education and KISS Institute for Practical Robotics
    David Miller, US National Science Foundation (NSF)/University of Oklahoma, USA
10:00-10:20 Coffee break
10:20-12:00 Technical Session 1: Comprehensive View on Educational Robotics
  • Beyond Educational Robotics (#26)
    Marjo Virnes
  • Robots for Learning and Learning for Robots: An Examination of the Education-Robotics Symbiosis (#45)
    Habib Ahmed, Syed Irtiza Ali Shah and Yasar Ayaz
  • Roboterfabrik: A Pilot to Link and Unify German Robotics Education to Match Industrial and Societal Demands (#43)
    Sami Haddadin, Lars Johannsmeier, Johannes Schmid, Tobias Ende, Sven Parusel, Simon Haddadin, Moritz Schappler, Torsten Lilge and Marvin Becker
  • EduRobot Taxonomy: A Provisional Schema for Classifying Educational Robots (#1)
    Dave Catlin, Martin Kandlhofer and Stephanie Holmquist
12:00-13:00 Lunch break
13:00-14:15 ECER Session: 4 talks by high school students
14:15-15:00 Poster Session 1: Various Topics
  • Case study on physical computing with NodeMCU on summer school (#28)
    Eva Klimeková, Marek Mansell, Karolína Mayerová and Michaela Veselovská
  • MOOC on The Art of Grasping and Manipulation in Robotics: Design Choices and Lessons Learned (#27)
    Maria Pozzi, Monica Malvezzi and Domenico Prattichizzo
  • Prototyping and Programming a Multipurpose Educational Mobile Robot – NaSSIE (#3)
    Vítor Pinto, João Monteiro, José Gonçalves and Paulo Costa
  • IDEE: A Visual Programming Environment to teach Physics through Robotics in Secondary Schools (#16)
    Samantha Orlando, Elena Gaudioso and Félix de La Paz
  • Using Finite State Automata in Robotics (#38)
    Richard Balogh and David Obdržálek
15:00-15:30 Poster coffee break
15:30-17:30 Technical Session 2: Workshops, Curricula and Evaluation #1
  • RobotCraft: The first international collective internship for advanced robotics training (#8)
    Micael Couceiro, André Araújo, Karen Tatarian and Nuno Ferreira
  • Multigenerational Collaboration to Create a Community of Practice through Robot Application Development (#23)
    Nahoko Kusaka, Nobuyuki Ueda and Koichi Kondo
  • Two-stage Approach for Long-term Motivation of Children to Study Robotics (#30)
    Kateřina Brejchová, Jitka Hodná, Lucie Halodová, Anna Minaeva, Martin Hlinovský and Tomáš Krajník
  • University students were creating activities for leisure time robotic lessons with constructionist approach (#41)
    Michaela Veselovská, Karolína Mayerová and Iveta Csicsolová
  • Bringing Educational Robotics into the Classroom: Implications of a Robotics Promotion Program (#15)
    Benedikt Breuch and Martin Fislake
From 19:00 Conference Dinner


Thursday, April 19
09:00-09:40 Invited Talk
  • Keynote: Understanding Robotics in Education
    Carina Girvan, School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, UK
09:40-10:20 Technical Session 3: Robotics Technologies
  • AMiRo: A Mini Robot as Versatile Teaching Platform (#35)
    Thomas Schöpping, Timo Korthals, Marc Hesse and Ulrich Rueckert
  • Teaching with open-source robotic manipulator (#39)
    Luka Čehovin, Anže Rezelj and Danijel Skocaj
10:20-10:40 Coffee break
10:40-12:00 Technical Session 4: Workshops, Curricula and Evaluation #2
  • Short Course at Brazilian Robotics Olympiad: Forming Competitors (#14)
    Erika Yanaguibashi, Sarah Sá and Luiz Goncalves
  • Improving students’ concepts about Newtonian mechanics using mobile robots (#19)
    Paola Ferrarelli, Wilson Villa, Margherita Attolini, Donatella Cesareni, Federica Micale, Nadia Sansone and Luca Iocchi
  • How we can teach Educational Robotics to foster 21st learning skills through PBL, Arduino and S4A? (#44)
    Alexandra Sierra
12:00-13:00 Lunch break
13:00-14:15 Technical Session 5: Cross Topics in Educational Robotics
  • iBridge – Participative cross-generational approach with Educational Robotics (#31)
    Georg Jäggle, Markus Vincze, Astrid Weiss, Gottfried Koppensteiner, Wilfried Lepuschitz and Munir Merdan
  • Modelling the Driver Assistence Systems using an Arduino Compatible Robot (#36)
    Richard Balogh and Peter Ťapák
  • Robotic Trains as an Educational and Therapeutic Tool for Autism Spectrum Disorder Intervention (#21)
    Ahmad Yaser Alhaddad, Hifza Javed, Olcay Connor, Bilikis Banire, Dena Al Thani and John-John Cabibihan
14:15-15:00 Poster Session 2: Various Topics
  • Teacher Training in Educational Robotics. An Experience in Southern Switzerland: The PReSO Project (#7)
    Lucio Negrini
  • Challenging Intensive Project-Based Education: Short-Term Class on Mobile Robotics with Mechatronic Elements (#17)
    Anton Yudin, Maria Salmina and Vladimir Sukhotskiy
  • Educational Robotics to Support Social Relations at School (#18)
    Federica Truglio, Davide Marocco, Orazio Miglino, Michela Ponticorvo and Franco Rubinacci
  • How does participation in FIRST LEGO League Robotics Competition impact children’s problem-solving process? (#33)
    Xiyan Chen
  • Education with robots inspired in biological systems (#5)
    Nuno Ferreira, Fernando Moita, Victor Santos, João Ferreira, João Cândido, Frederico Santos and Marco Silva
15:00-15:30 Poster coffee break
15:30-16:45 Technical Session 6: Programming Environments
  • Tailoring a ROS Educational Programming Language Architecture (#6)
    Karen Tatarian, Samuel Pereira, Micael Couceiro and David Portugal
  • Visual Language to Control EV3 with ROS (#42)
    Yessica Rosas Cuevas and Jose Herrera Quispe
  • Real-time Matlab-Simulink-Lego EV3 framework for teaching Robotics subjects (#24)
    Nicolás Montés, Nuria Rosillo, Marta Covadonga Mora and Lucia Hilario
16:45-17:10 Technical Session 7: Comprehensive View on Educational Robotics #2
  • The Robotics Concept Inventory (#40)
    Reinhard Gerndt and Jens Lüssem
17:10-17:30 Closing Session
  • Résumé / Outlook on RiE 2019
    Richard Balogh, Angele Giuliano, Wilfried Lepuschitz, David Obdržálek – RiE 2018 Co-Chairpersons
Friday, April 20
08:30-13:00 ECER Finals and Award Ceremony
(optional) From 13:00 Cultural Tour – Valletta 2018 Special


Information about presentations:

Regular paper presentations: 15-20 minutes plus 5 minutes Q&A
Short paper presentations: 7 minutes, to be complemented by discussions with authors next to posters during poster coffee break