[robotics-worldwide] Call for paper: Workshop on 'A new generation of educational robots' at ICRA 2011

Paolo Fiorini paolo.fiorini at univr.it
Mon Feb 28 06:37:13 PST 2011


The ICRA Workshop on 'A new generation of educational robots' is a full-day  workshop held in 
conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), at the 
Shanghai International Convention Center, Shanghai, China, May 9-13, 2011.


Important Dates
07 March 2011: Paper submissions due
10 March 2011: Notification of acceptance
15 March 2011: Final version for workshop material CD

Rainer Bischoff,    KUKA Roboter GmbH, DE
Paolo Fiorini,        University of Verona, IT
Erwin Prassler,     B-IT Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology,

Motivation and Objectives
Over the last few years, especially through robot competitions, robotics has shown its huge 
potential to educate pupils, students and the public: Robotics competitions help creating 
environments in which students can learn to solve real problems and to work with real robotics 
hardware. They stimulate creative thinking, and help improving scientific skills and research 
attitudes. Furthermore, soft skills needed for interdisciplinary teamwork can be acquired. As a 
positive side effect even the interested public has become aware of the usefulness of such 
educational robots and robot competitions. Robots are not any longer perceived as toys, and as a 
consequence, several efforts have been made to integrate robotics not only in universities, but also 
on all levels from kindergarden to secondary schools.

The objectives of this workshop can be summarized as follows:
1. Explore the potential of new educational robot platforms, especially as potential vehicles of
developing new methods for teaching and learning.
2. Expand the application of robots for education (for robotics and related fields).
3. Promote the exchange and sharing of experiences among manufacturers and researchers in the
field of educational robotics on international level.
4. Present new educational robots and tools, experiments and ideas.
5. Explore new ways of experimenting and benchmarking within an international community.
6. To attract future talents for the robotics industry.

This workshop hopes to survey the new trends in robotics education and in education by robotics 
offered by the new robotic devices available on the market. Furthermore, the workshop would like to 
assess whether the education available world wide is really suited to prepare a new class of robotic 
engineers who would not be interested in dong research, but in developing applications and 
service/maintenance facilities for new classes of service robots.

We invite paper submissions, optionally accompanied by a video, both of which will be reviewed by 
the program committee. We aim to accept 5 papers for oral presentation at the meeting. Papers should 
be up to 6 pages in length, formatted according to IEEE Conference style. Videos will be shown 
during the workshop breaks.

If there is sufficient interest, we will pursue publication of a special journal issue to include 
the best papers.

More information available on the website:

Contact: paolo.fiorini at univr.it

Prof. Paolo Fiorini, PhD
IEEE Fellow
Department of Computer Science, University of Verona
Ca' Vignal 2 - Strada Le Grazie 15,  37134 VERONA - Italy
Ph: +39 045 802 7963 -- Fax: +39 045 802 7068

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