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.

Lean management

Q: How to fit eight people into a small meeting room?
A: Invite half of them as robots. They are much LEANER than the real things.

A lean meeting (note: the picture was taken with an Ohmni robot)

PYNT community kick-off meeting

We hosted the PYNT (Present Yet Not There) community kick-off meeting on June 16. PYNT is an emerging community of practice involving researchers and educators interested in various applications of telepresence robotics in education (e.g. allowing greater participation for students who cannot attend due to health or other issues).

PYNT meeting 16.06.22

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

Regular meetings

… of the research group started on Thursday, May 5. We’ll meet on Thursdays till summer break.

Also, most of the group members have their photos and brief introductions online under the People section – clicking on the photo will lead to the person’s profile page in the Estonian Research Information System (ETIS).