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EPFL opens new research center for educational science

EPFL inaugurated on Wednesday, October 10 2018 the LEARN Center for Learning Sciences. The Center will promote innovation in teaching and help formulate responses to the challenges being created by our society’s digital transformation. Its head, Francesco Mondada, and its co-founder, Pierre Dillenbourg, are both NCCR Robotics professors. EPFL has created a unique ecosystem of …

Over 1000 teachers trained to use Thymio in Switzerland

Over the past 4 years over 1000 teachers in Switzerland have been trained to use Thymio in the classroom, more than half of them were trained last year alone, showing the rapid growth in interest.

Meet the Dillenbourg Lab

Welcome to the third of our Lab videos section where we introduce the NCCR Robotics lab, PI, NCCR Robotics members and their work. On this occasion we present Dillenbourg Lab.  

EPFL- STI Interdisciplinary Robot competition

June 12th, five groups of three STI master students competed in this year’s robot competition. Team 2 (Cyrill Baumann, Julien Di Tria and Shupeng Wei) won the competition with the RoBat robot.

Approved Education Committee

The NCCR Robotics Steering Committee has officially validated the new members of the Education and Society Committee led by Francesco Mondada.

Dillenbourg and Mondada Labs win Best Paper Award at HRI 2017

Congratulations to the team from the Dillenbourg and Mondada Labs who received the Best Paper Award at the Human-Robot Interaction (HRi) 2017 conference in Vienna, Austria for their work on the Cellulo Educational Robot. The award was presented for the paper “Cellulo: Versatile handheld robots for education” authored by Ayberk Ozgür, Séverin Lemaignan, Wafa Johal, …

R2T2americaraibe

Using the robot Thymio created out of NCCR Robotics, on 24th January a special edition of the R2t2 event took place in America and the Caribbean with 100 kids and teenagers competing.

Call for papers: R4L @HRI 2017

23.01.17 – Submission deadline: 31st January 2017.An increasing amount of HRI research focuses on the development of social robots acting as tutors. While robots have been popular as a focus for STEM teaching (see Lego Mindstorms or Thymio), the use of robots as tutors is novel. The field of HRI has started reporting on how …

Call for papers: International Journal of Social Robotics

23.01.17 – Special Issue in International Journal of Social Robotics: Please submit the journal manuscripts by 01 March 2017.Research in Human-Robot interaction is being vastly applied to assist humans in their everyday lives. Pertaining to this context is the application of robots for educational purposes, which has been emerging these past few years. Some robotic platforms …

Past Events

Date/Time Event Description
18 Mar – 19 Mar 2017
All Day
CoWriter project presented at GES, Dubai
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
6 Mar – 9 Mar 2017
All Day
R4L @HRI2017
Aula der Wissenschaft – Hall of Science, Vienna
http://r4l.epfl.ch/HRI2017

Swiss Robotics Industry Day 2018 (official video)

Posted on: November 26, 2018

Le Swiss Robotics Industry Day a réuni industriels et chercheurs

Publication date: November 1, 2018
Published in: Agefi
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A low-cost, actuated passive dynamic walker kit for accessible research and education

  • Authors: Robertson, Matthew Aaron; Paik, Jamie; Ijspeert, Auke; Wu, Amy

A low-cost bipedal walking robot kit with limited actuation and sensing capabilities was designed and built to achieve actively powered, passive dynamic walking locomotion over level ground. The walking system is composed of readily available parts and materials totaling less than $50 and can be assembled either from plans or pre-fabricated parts in less than a day. Indeed, the very first (and only) prototype was conceived and built in one day, and capable of walking within two more. In place of components utilized for the prototype shown and demonstrated, alternative parts and materials can be substituted and accommodated by relatively simple design changes, allowing this robot construction to be adapted to different resource availability, in some cases key to the success of research or education.

Posted on: October 16, 2017