Mission Linz

On October 26-30, some of our team was on an exploration mission to the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria.

On Thursday, we had an interesting discussion of human-computer interaction, telepresence and various other topics at the Institute of Telecooperation with Dr Ismail Khalil and Dr Karin Anna Hummel. Several ideas for future cooperation were found.

at the Institute of Telecooperation, JKU
At the Institute of Telecooperation (from left): Dr Hummel, Dr Khalil, Aleksei, Katrin K., Kristel and Kaido (Janika is behind the cam).

On Friday, Janika and Aleksei had talks to an international company of teachers participating in the ERASMUS+ STEAM Upgrade programme. Janika, Kristel and Katrin also had a meeting with the Professor of STEAM Education Research Methods Zsolt Lavicza as well as some other colleagues from the JKU.

Creativity mattered – at the PYNT community follow-up meeting

About 20 people from the PYNT community established last Spring gathered at the TalTech IT College today. In addition to academic staff, we also had a number of medics from Ida-Tallinna Keskhaigla, a major hospital in Tallinn.

Our team ran a series of experiments involving four Double 3 telepresence robots – we had prepared a short imaginary scenario involving a professor and a student discussing homework. Each participant had to go through this both using the Double and his/her ordinary self, and with both a previously known and an unknown partner.

An even more fun part was the ‘robot theatre’ where the participants teamed up and had about half an hour to prepare a short sketch involving both a Double user and ‘live’ participants. Among those, we witnessed (a wacky kind of) giving birth, a bunch of seniors nagging on an advisor, and a funky family (with Mum being away and giving orders via robot)…  It was proven that medics need a strong sense of humour. 🙂

The next PYNT community meeting was set to December. Stay tuned!

Katrin, Kaido and the robots
The preparatory meeting a day before: Katrin, Kaido and the Doubles