[robotics-worldwide] *DEADLINE EXTENDED* RSS-2007 Workshop on Research in Robots for Education

Keith O'Hara kjohara at cc.gatech.edu
Fri May 11 06:52:54 PDT 2007

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Workshop on Research in Robots for Education
Robotics Systems and Science 2007
Atlanta, GA
June 30, 2007


We encourage educators and researchers to submit extended abstracts
(2-pages) detailing recent research results in technology, pedagogy,
or assessment for educational robotics. Submitted extended abstracts
will be peer reviewed with ten authors being invited to contribute
full papers and others being selected for poster
presentations. Authors wishing to participate only in the
poster/demonstration session should indicate this clearly in their
extended abstract. The full papers and poster extended abstracts will
be published in an online archive. The workshop will also include two
invited talks, two panel discussions, and a break-out session.

Important Dates

   Extended Abstract Submission          May  18 2007  *EXTENDED*
   Acceptance Decision                   June  5 2007
   Final Paper Due                       June 20 2007
   Workshop                              June 30 2007


   Full-length (6-pages) paper with 15 minute presentation
   Poster/Demonstration with extended abstract (2-pages)

Submission Guidelines

   2-page extended abstract in PDF format
   (email to kjohara at cc.gatech.edu with subject RSS-RobEdu)


   Doug Blank (Bryn Mawr College)
   Maria Hybinette (University of Georgia)
   Keith O'Hara (Georgia Tech)
   Daniela Rus (MIT)


   The landscape of robots in education has continued to change since
   the 2005 RSS Robotics Education Workshop. Over the last two years,
   there has been a noticeable spike in interest in the use of robots
   in education. For example: robots are discussed as platforms for
   education at leading conferences and workshops such as SIGCSE and
   AAAI; Universities are integrating robots into their classrooms;
   Robot- centered competitions like FIRST, BotBall and RoboCup
   continue to flourish. Industry is interested as well: iRobot
   recently announced the Roomba Create; LEGO has updated their popular
   Mindstorms robot; And leading companies including Google, Intel and
   Microsoft have funded a variety of university projects in computer
   science education, including a multi-million dollar center.

   What is the basis for this excitement? What is the evidence that
   robots in the classroom advance education? The focus of this
   workshop is to provide a venue for presentation of the research
   supporting (or contradicting) the effectiveness of robots in
   education, and to help shape future research in this area.

   In particular, the workshop will explore how robots are used
   differently as educational tools, in terms of hardware, software,
   pedagogy, and assessment, in different disciplines (e.g. ME, EE, CE
   and CS) and why certain types of robots may be more effective for
   different purposes. As an example, many teachers take a
   constructionist approach in which students build their own robots,
   while others provide students with a working platform that they
   should not change.

   The workshop will also explore new curricula and robot platforms and
   the research behind them. The objective of this workshop is to
   re-evaluate the state of the art of robotics education and discuss
   how to continue the broad adoption of tools and materials in the
   classroom. As part of this discussion, we will explore what areas
   remain unsolved, and which are immediately available for realistic
   use. Moreover, we hope to create a community beyond the workshop for
   future exchange of ideas.

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