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.

International visitors – via telepresence

Today, we had visitors at CM – all of them used our new robotic surrogate bodies. First, we had Dr Piedad Tolmos Rodríguez-Piñero from King Juan Carlos University (Madrid, Spain), later we also hosted Dr Chris Brownell and Prof Päivi Häkkinen from the Finnish Institute for Educational Research (Jyväskylä, Finland).

Mirror, mirror...
Mirror, mirror upon the wall… (Photos taken with a Double robot)

After discussing our prospective cooperation in telepresence robotics and didactics, we also took our quests to a small campus tour – some of us in our natural state, others using the robots.

The ReSTELA project starting

Today we took part of the Zoom kick-off meeting of the ReSTELA (Remote STEM Labs) ERASMUS+ project which aims to develop a new ecosystem for (especially rural) teachers for teaching robotics. The three-year project brings together ECECT (lead partner, Cyprus), Scuola di Robotica (Italy) and Tallinn University of Technology.

Janika and Kaido introduced our university and lab as well as discussed several matters regarding the project with other partners.

Meeting with partners

This Thursday, we had a pleasant opportunity to host a meeting with a number of visitors from different countries, including Piedad Tolmos Rodríguez-Piñero from King Juan Carlos University, Madrid, Spain; Sirpa Laitinen-Vaananen from AMK University of Applied Sciences, Finland;Branko Andij from Johan Kepler University, Linz, Austria, and Simon Molnár from Óbuda University, Budapest, Hungary.  Most of our staff were also there, resulting in a lively discussion and some ideas for future cooperation.

Visitors @ CM 09.06.22