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Balogh, R. (2010), "Educational Robotic Platform based on Arduino", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 119-122. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: The design of a new controller board for a mobile robot based on the Parallax Boe-Bot chassiss is described. Disadvantages of the original Basic Stamp processor disappeared, more complicated tasks can be solved. As the board is compatible with the Arduino platform, also the open source development environment can be used. The requirements, design process and technical parameters are described. Also some illustration examples are shown.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Balogh2010,
  author = {Balogh, Richard},
  title = {Educational Robotic Platform based on Arduino},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {119-122}
}
Balogh, R., Dabrowski, A., Hammerl, W., Hofmann, A., Petrovič, P. & Rajníček, J. (2010), "Centrobot Portal for Robotics Educational Course Material", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 17-22. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: This paper describes a prototype built as part of the Centrobot project. We present a web application intended for sharing robotics educational material. The system will allow browsing and editing a large set of projects, which we call robtivities (robotic activities). The aim of the portal is to supply information, robotivities and metadata, which can be used by teachers or pupils to educate and to learn. It will be the place, where users can discuss and improve their skills, find useful material and educational procedures: http://portal.centrobot.eu/
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Balogh2010a,
  author = {Balogh, Richard and Dabrowski, Adrian and Hammerl, Walter and Hofmann, Alexander and Petrovič, Pavel and Rajníček, Ján},
  title = {Centrobot Portal for Robotics Educational Course Material},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {17-22}
}
Bredenfeld, A. & Leimbach, T. (2010), "The Roberta Initiative", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 1-2. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: This paper gives a short overview of the Roberta Initiative – an approach to raise especially but not only girls´ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Roberta comes with a didactic concept that uses robot construction kits in combination with a specialized didactic material and course format. Roberta teacher trainings and a European dissemination network are integral parts of the Roberta Initiative in order to establish a sustainable activity to raise girls´ interest in technical topics and in the end the portion of female engineers in Europe.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Bredenfeld2010,
  author = {Bredenfeld, Ansgar and Leimbach, Thorsten},
  title = {The Roberta Initiative},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {1-2}
}
Carter, J. & Coupland, S. (2010), "Teaching Robotics at the Postgraduate Level: Delivering for On Site and Distance Learning Students", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 149-154. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: The MSc Intelligent Systems (IS) and the MSc Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISR) programmes at De Montfort University are Masters level courses that are delivered both onsite and by distance learning. The courses have been running successfully on-site for 6 years and are now in the third year with a distance learning mode. Delivering material at a distance, especially where there is technical and practical content, always presents a challenge but the need to deliver a robotics module increased the challenges we faced significantly. There are two robotics modules though the second one is only available to those on MSc ISR. We have chosen to make the first robotics module, Mobile Robots, the focus of this paper because it was the first that had to be delivered and it is delivered to students on both programmes. This paper describes the rationale, delivery and assessment of the Mobile Robots module to students on the MSc IS/ISR with a specific focus on those students that are studying in distance learning mode. We believe it serves as a model for others attempting to teach robotics at distance.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Carter2010,
  author = {Carter, Jenny and Coupland, Simon},
  title = {Teaching Robotics at the Postgraduate Level: Delivering for On Site and Distance Learning Students},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {149-154}
}
Coufal, J. & Krejsa, J. (2010), "Looking for the path: image segmentation", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 229-233. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: Processing of the images acquired from the camera attached to the mobile robot in outdoor environment can be used for feature extraction or to distinguish the path the surrounding in the environment. Such information is further used in the planner and/or position estimator. The paper gives the overview of image segmentation method used on real data gathered by mobile robot Bender II during the tests for Robotour 2009 competition.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Coufal2010,
  author = {Coufal, Jan and Krejsa, Jiří},
  title = {Looking for the path: image segmentation},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {229-233}
}
Cyrwus, S. (2010), "The wireless communication in the walking robot application", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 187-191. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: The paper presents the identification process of time delays in the development environment created for the wireless control of a hexapod, the six-legged walking robot. RFM12B transceiver modules are used for communication between the host computer and the FPGA board. The board was designed to control all 18 servo motors. The software and hardware components are described in detail. The advantages and disadvantages of the designed communication system as well as the servo motors driver based on the FPGA circuit are listed. Various parameters of the control system are investigated. The experiments that allow statistical analyses of time delays in the communication system are described and the results are included. Thorough analysis of time delays are presented in numerical and graphical forms.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Cyrwus2010,
  author = {Cyrwus, Sylwester},
  title = {The wireless communication in the walking robot application},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {187-191}
}
Dekan, M. & Duchoň, F. (2010), "Navigation of autonomous mobile robot using ultrasonic and infrared sensors", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 193-196. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to briefly describe proposed algorithms for an autonomous mobile robot. These algorithms concern data processing from sensors, description of environment from these data and finally navigation on these data. Results from these processes are based on simulation of real mobile robot system. On proposed algorithms can be showed principle of ultrasonic and infrared sensor, principle of environment mapping and basic navigation of real mobile robot. This knowledge can be used in education to show basic principles of robot motion and navigation.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Dekan2010,
  author = {Dekan, Martin and Duchoň, František},
  title = {Navigation of autonomous mobile robot using ultrasonic and infrared sensors},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {193-196}
}
Dias, A., Dias, N., Campos, D. & Ferreira, H. (2010), "Autonomous Guided Vehicles Applied to Industrial Engineering and Management Studies", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 59-63. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: This article presents a framework to an Industrial Engineering and Management Science course from School of Management and Industrial Studies using Autonomous Ground Vehicles (AGV) to supply materials to a production line as an experimental setup for the students to acquire knowledge in the production robotics area. The students must be capable to understand and put into good use several concepts that will be of utmost importance in their professional life such as critical decisions regarding the study, development and implementation of a production line. The main focus is a production line using AGVs, where the students are required to address several topics such as: sensors actuators, controllers and an high level management and optimization software. The presented framework brings to the robotics teaching community methodologies that allow students from different backgrounds, that normally don’t experiment with the robotics concepts in practice due to the big gap between theory and practice, to go straight to ”making” robotics. Our aim was to suppress the minimum start point level thus allowing any student to fully experience robotics with little background knowledge.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Dias2010,
  author = {Dias, André and Dias, Nuno and Campos, Daniela and Ferreira, Hugo},
  title = {Autonomous Guided Vehicles Applied to Industrial Engineering and Management Studies},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {59-63}
}
Dlouhý, M., Roubíček, J. & Roubíček, T. (2010), "EDURO - Mobile Robotic Platform for Education", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 107-111. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: Eduro is a modular mid-size mobile robotic platform designed as both a teaching tool for higher education and a research platform for academia and industry. In this paper we describe the technology used within the Eduro (indoor) and Eduro Maxi HD (outdoor) product lines. Both platforms are designed around a tricycle base with two differentially driven wheels and one caster wheel. The on-board electronics consists of smart sensors and actuators connected by a CAN bus. The main controller module is implemented as a single board x86- based computer running Linux OS. This platform participated in several competitions including Eurobot, RobotChallenge and Robotour.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Dlouhy2010,
  author = {Dlouhý, Martin and Roubíček, Jan and Roubíček, Tomáš},
  title = {EDURO - Mobile Robotic Platform for Education},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {107-111}
}
Ducháček, P. (2010), "ABB Robotics Training Centre in Trnava", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 3-4. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: In the last 20 years robotics all over the world experienced “boom” in applicability and in installations - the amount of robots in Slovakia increased by 2500 robots in the last 10 years. There were only few customers who ventured at investing into robotization before the year 2000, but the robots became common production device in the last decade. The quick lining up of robotics called forth the education also in this area of automatization. Seeing that ABB is always aiming to be close to the customer therefore the division of robotics established a robotics training centre in 2004.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Duchacek2010,
  author = {Ducháček, Petr},
  title = {ABB Robotics Training Centre in Trnava},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {3-4}
}
Faigl, J., Chudoba, J., Košnar, K., Kulich, M., Saska, M. & Přeučil, L. (2010), "SyRoTek - A Robotic System for Education", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 37-42. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: This paper presents insight to ideas and the current state of the project SyRoTek - System for a robotic e-learning that aims to create a platform for students’ practical verification of gained knowledge in the fields of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. A set of real mobile robots is being developed in order to provide remote access to real hardware for enrolled students. The advantage of the real system over a pure virtual simulated environment is in realistic confrontation with noise and uncertainty that is an indivisible part of the real world. In such a system, students can acquire in deep understanding of main studied principles in an attractive form, as students (especially future engineers) like to control real things. On the other side, this can be a potential issue if an accessibility to the system have to be guaranteed in 24/7 mode. In SyRoTek, robots are designed with special attention to long-term and heavy duty usage. Moreover, safety mechanisms are realized in several layers of the proposed software architecture that provide access to robot control and sensors. In addition, support for semi-autonomous evaluation of students’ solution of their assignments is a part of the system.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Faigl2010,
  author = {Faigl, Jan and Chudoba, Jan and Košnar, Karel and Kulich, Miroslav and Saska, Martin and Přeučil, Libor},
  title = {SyRoTek - A Robotic System for Education},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {37-42}
}
Faigl, J., Krajník, T., Košnar, K., Szücsová, H., Chudoba, J., Grimmer, V. & Přeučil, L. (2010), "Mobile Robotics at FEE CTU", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 43-48. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: In this paper, we describe concepts and main ideas of the labs of the Mobile Robotics course at Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague. Besides, we present our gained experience from three years of teaching of the course. We consider the students’ contact with real hardware and real sensor data as the most important part of mobile robotics as the mobile robot can quickly lose information about its position in contrast to stationary robotic manipulators. Thus, the autonomous navigation is a crucial problem. Moreover, a computer simulation cannot substitute complexity of reality, such as noise, imperfect measurements and random events. To achieve our desired pedagogical goals we have decided to develop a new small platform that will be based mostly on off-the-shelf components and it will have sufficient computation power to use the Player robotic framework. The labs are organized into four consecutive assignments with increasing complexity and a final assignment that combines particular students’ results from the previous tasks. The final assignment is to create an algorithm that navigates the mobile robot in order to create a topological map of the environment and reuse this map for later navigation.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Faigl2010a,
  author = {Faigl, Jan and Krajník, Tomáš and Košnar, Karel and Szücsová, Hana and Chudoba, Jan and Grimmer, Vladimír and Přeučil, Libor},
  title = {Mobile Robotics at FEE CTU},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {43-48}
}
Garbacz, M. & Zaczyk, M. (2010), "Mobile robot Khepera III. Programming for MATLAB/Simulink Environment", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 123-125. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: This paper presents mobile robot Khepera III and its programming environment. The laboratory stand and some results of made experiments was presented. The application is based on MATLAB/Simulink system. The proximity sensors and ultrasonic sensors are used to detect obstacles in robot’s workspace.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Garbacz2010,
  author = {Garbacz, Maciej and Zaczyk, Mieczysław},
  title = {Mobile robot Khepera III. Programming for MATLAB/Simulink Environment},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {123-125}
}
Hanzel, J. (2010), "Web-based remote mobile robot control", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 235-237. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: The paper deals with the internet based robotics. The attention is focused on the proposal and implementation of the experimental web based interface for the remote control of the mobile robot. The proposed system contains visual feedback to assistance the operator for safe navigation of the robot in dynamic environments. The control system utilizes the client - server architecture and is mainly implemented in the platform independent Java programming language.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Hanzel2010,
  author = {Hanzel, Jaroslav},
  title = {Web-based remote mobile robot control},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {235-237}
}
Hargaš, L., Koniar, D., Bobek, V., Štofan, S. & Hrianka, M. (2010), "Sophisticated Measurement of Non-Electrical Parameters Using Image Analysis", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 253-257. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: Paper focuses on main topics in frequency measurement with high speed video camera. The system is designed as phantom measurement. Phantom is realized with linear motor and controlled by DSP processor. The motor frequency is measured using image acquisition. This acquisition is done by high speed video camera. The sequences of captured images are processing with image analysis. Image analysis and other algorithms are done by virtual instrumentation using LabVIEW. The parameters of measured objects give relevant information about frequency and trajectory. This system can be used in sophisticated measurements in many educational, research and industrial applications where moving objects of investigation can’t be equipped with sensors of kinematic parameters.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Hargas2010,
  author = {Hargaš, Libor and Koniar, Dušan and Bobek, Viktor and Štofan, Stanislav and Hrianka, Miroslav},
  title = {Sophisticated Measurement of Non-Electrical Parameters Using Image Analysis},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {253-257}
}
Hlinovsky, M. & Polcar, T. (2010), "Subject Robots at the CTU FEE in Prague - using LEGO robots to teach the fundamentals of feedback control", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 71-76. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: Since the beginning of the school year 2009/2010, new bachelor's program Cybernetics and Robotics offers a compulsory subject A3B99RO Robots in the first semester of study. This is a completely new type of subject provided jointly by three Departments at FEE CTU: Control Engineering, Cybernetics, and Measurements. The course with a limited number of lectures supporting required theoretical knowledge is focused mainly on independent laboratory work. The lectures are alternated by the departments mentioned above with laboratory exercises running in parallel. The assistants are supplied in laboratory teaching by promising and experienced master program students strengthening the concept of ”learning by teaching“. Study of technical subjects could be very difficult for new students entering the faculty with different background. Traditional study of theoretical disciplines without any clear relevance to "real" problems decreases motivation of many students, particularly those having difficulties with advanced mathematics. Many students feel almost betrayed when they have to learn three years just lemmas and theory since they want to study robotics, not mathematics. The core objective of our new subject Robots is to explore, in friendly way, students’ independent thinking, and creativity and work in team. Although the theory is limited we believe that our students will eventually improve their theoretical knowledge as well. They are not obliged to memorize theoretical formulas but they have to learn how to use them. They start with something like child game trying to move robot from one place to another. Then, to succeed in more complicated tasks, they soon recognize that there is something behind the curtain and they start to ask how to solve the problems looking for a solution actively. If they reach this stage they are “trapped” - and become excellent and highly motivated students of control engineering.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Hlinovsky2010,
  author = {Hlinovsky, Martin and Polcar, Tomáš},
  title = {Subject Robots at the CTU FEE in Prague - using LEGO robots to teach the fundamentals of feedback control},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {71-76}
}
Hofmann, A. & Steinbauer, G. (2010), "The Regional Center Concept for RoboCupJunior in Austria", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 77-82. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: The future wealth of western industrialized countries like the USA and the European countries will strongly depend on the availability of highly educated people for research and engineering. But already today these countries face a lack of such people. One reason for this is that science and technology is not very attractive for young people. Hand-on experiments and education had been proposed as a promising solution to this problem. In particular educational robotics has been very successful. In this paper we present the structure and results of the RoboCupJunior initiative in Austria which promotes science and technology by hand-on tasks in the robotics domain.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Hofmann2010,
  author = {Hofmann, Alexander and Steinbauer, Gerald},
  title = {The Regional Center Concept for RoboCupJunior in Austria},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {77-82}
}
Iša, J. & Dlouhý, M. (2010), "Robotour - robotika.cz outdoor delivery challenge", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 89-93. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: In this paper, we present an international contest for autonomous robots: Robotour – robotika.cz outdoor delivery challenge. The main task is a navigation in real-world situations. First three years were held in park Stromovka, Prague, Czech Republic and raised an interest of many teams, media and general public. Last year, the contest started to migrate. To our knowledge, there is no similar European outdoor contest for fully autonomous machines. Note, that there are some common features with American Mini Grand Challenge and a younger Japanese Real World Robot Challenge. The rules of Robotour are described in more detail together with experience gained over the past four years – both from the organizers’ and the participants’ point of view.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Isa2010,
  author = {Iša, Jiří and Dlouhý, Martin},
  title = {Robotour - robotika.cz outdoor delivery challenge},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {89-93}
}
Janošcová, R. (2010), "How to attract children to mechatronics", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 247-252. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: The tool of technical disciplines popularization for children can be free-time activity – after school classes for schoolchild of primary schools from 5th to 9th class. Schoolchild ponders the choice of secondary school although they have not concrete opinion on their future work. Suitable support of their interest to technical disciplines by playful form in after school classes can distinctly influence their following drift. If the schoolchild will chose technical oriented secondary school so then will chose technical faculty of university probably. Motivation of schoolchild to technical fields is one of the primary goal neither of this conference nor complete activity of mechatronics after school classes that are realized in Trenčín and its vicinity from 2003.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Janoscova2010,
  author = {Janošcová, Renata},
  title = {How to attract children to mechatronics},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {247-252}
}
Kabátová, M. & Pekárová, J. (2010), "Lessons learnt with LEGO Mindstorms: from beginner to teaching robotics", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 11-16. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: In this paper we describe several lessons of educational robotics at different level of robotics experience. First one focuses on developing basic skills needed to successfully control a robotic model. The other one uses advanced programming skills to provide the communication between two programmable bricks. We also describe organization of the project in brief. LEGO Mindstorms kit was used as a learning platform for all activities. Addressing differences between beginners and experienced students, we list a few tips and recommendations how to execute quality robotic lessons.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Kabatova2010,
  author = {Kabátová, Martina and Pekárová, Janka},
  title = {Lessons learnt with LEGO Mindstorms: from beginner to teaching robotics},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {11-16}
}
Kittenberger, T., Brodl, L. & Vavra, N. (2010), "Experiences using autonomous model airplanes for embedded control education and for bachelor and master . . .", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 177-182. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: We present experiences with developing an autonomous airplane from scratch including all the avionics and why we focus on an UAV as an application for educating skills in electronics or control theory. The reasons for the selection of the type of aircraft are discussed in detail. Our avionic system is presented consisting of an inertial navigation system coupled to a GPS receiver, a half duplex 433 MHz link and an ultrasound landing guidance system. All electronics are developed in-house. For simulation and control design the Matlab/Simulink environment is used. The 3D simulation output is done by a network link to the open source flight simulator FlightGear and by a graphical 3D Simulink output window.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Kittenberger2010,
  author = {Kittenberger, Thomas and Brodl, Lukas and Vavra, Norbert},
  title = {Experiences using autonomous model airplanes for embedded control education and for bachelor and master . . .},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {177-182}
}
Krajník, T., Faigl, J., Vonásek, V., Szücsová, H., Fišer, O. & Přeučil, L. (2010), "A Visual Navigation System for RoboTour Competition", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 95-100. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: In this paper, we present our approach to the navigation system for the RoboTour challenge. We describe our intentions, ideas and main principles of our navigation methods which lead to the system that won in years 2008 and 2009. The main idea of our system is a simple yet novel method of position estimation based on monocular vision and odometry. Unlike in other systems, the monocular vision is used to determine only the robot’s heading and the odometry is used to estimate only the traveled distance. We show that the heading estimation itself can suppress odometric cumulative errors and prove this statement mathematically and experimentally. The practical results of the proof is that even simple algorithms capable to estimate just the heading can be used as a base for “record and replay” techniques. Beside the navigational principles, practical implementation of our navigation system is described. It is based on image processing algorithms for path following and landmark-based crossings traversing. Moreover, an overview of experimental results is presented as well.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Krajnik2010,
  author = {Krajník, Tomáš and Faigl, Jan and Vonásek, Vojtěch and Szücsová, Hana and Fišer, Ondřej and Přeučil, Libor},
  title = {A Visual Navigation System for RoboTour Competition},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {95-100}
}
Kramer, J. (2010), "ROBINI - Robotic Initiative Lower Saxony: Development of practice-oriented education modules in schools", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 161-163. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: The project ROBINI – Robotic Initiative Lower Saxony develops practice-oriented robotic education modules, which are being tested and implemented within the core curricula of general education schools and vocational schools in the Hanover Region. The practical part is established through school – company cooperation for an applied approach. By embedding the future-proof subject of robotics the Hanover Region is to be strengthened in two ways: Technical skills of students are advanced and they are given a focused occupational orientation so that in the long run the next generation of technical specialized staff will be secured. And through the integration of especially small and medium sized enterprises in the project, they are given additional information on the possibilities of the employment of robotic technology, which could make the difference in competing in a globalized market.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Kramer2010,
  author = {Kramer, Julia},
  title = {ROBINI - Robotic Initiative Lower Saxony: Development of practice-oriented education modules in schools},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {161-163}
}
Krejsa, J. & Věchet, S. (2010), "Bayesian filters in practice", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 217-222. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: Bayesian filters represent the most commonly used tool for state estimation not only in mobile robotics. The filters are widely used in sensor data fusion and robot localization problems. The paper describes in detail our experiences with the filters in robot localization using bearing only beacons. Bearing only beacons are easy to implement, therefore can be realized by the students and relatively complex task of Bayesian filtering can be explained using real data. Both simulation and practical results with Extended Kalman filter and Unscented Kalman filter are given, taking into consideration not only the precision of obtained estimate, but also its robustness against the noise and memory and computational requirements that must be considered when computational resources are limited.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Krejsa2010,
  author = {Krejsa, Jiří and Věchet, Stanislav},
  title = {Bayesian filters in practice},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {217-222}
}
Lúčny, A. (2010), "How to Make a Good System from Imperfect Components", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 23-25. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: We present a control system of LEGO robot which is compounded from several different and competitive behaviors. It has been used for training of master course multi-agent systems to present to student a real example how a good overall behavior can emerge from imperfect individual behaviors.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Lucny2010,
  author = {Lúčny, Andrej},
  title = {How to Make a Good System from Imperfect Components},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {23-25}
}
Marchewka, D. & Piatek, M. (2010), "Wheeled mobile robot modeling aspects", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 213-216. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: A young designer of the wheeled mobile robot has to answer a wide range of questions before making a final decision to build a prototype. The basic problem is to define an appropriate drive and type of construction. At this stage, the young designers usually duplicate ready-made solutions, however, in general uses an inappropriate drive. The robot behaves correctly only after several failed designs. Unfortunately, the construction of several versions of the robot takes a long time and involves significant costs. The authors suggest how to help and accelerate the robot design process. Following these suggestions the young designer can develop his knowledge how to model and simulate in the MATLAB/Simulink environment. The first part of the article contains a basis for mathematical modeling of the wheeled mobile robots. As an example, a complete mathematical model of the selected robot type is developed. The second part presents methods of verification and validation the prepared model. After selecting the appropriate drive parameters (e.g. maximum torque, maximum speed, etc.) user is able to perform a simulation of the designed robot. In addition, the effects of simulation can be seen in the visualization and a designer is able to assess if the design of robot meets the established requirements.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Marchewka2010,
  author = {Marchewka, Dariusz and Piatek, Marcin},
  title = {Wheeled mobile robot modeling aspects},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {213-216}
}
Mellado, M. (2010), "An experience for teaching humanoid robotics in computer engineering studies", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 53-58. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: In this paper, the author presents his personal experience on teaching robotics, and more specifically on teaching humanoid robotics, within the studies for the Computer Engineering degree in the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Informática of the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain. In the paper, first of all there is an introduction to the topic and how is the situation of robotics courses within computer engineering degrees in the more significant centres in Europe and Spain. Then, the paper progresses to explain how is the situation in Valencia, where there is a Robotics Course and a Robot Laboratory Project, explaining their main characteristics, contents and progress plan. The theoretical content for the unit on humanoid robotics is explained. The paper goes in details on the available equipment and the content of the laboratory sessions, the knowledge acquired by students and the exercises they have to do in order to pass this part of the course. Main issues covered on the Robot Laboratory Project are development of walking procedures for humanoid robots, the sensor control and the robot navigation in mazes. A student contest is organized so that the different student groups can show their abilities to program specific robot tasks, such as races and going up and down stairs and ramps. Last but not least, the paper will show the conclusions on this teaching experience on robot humanoids.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Mellado2010,
  author = {Mellado, Martin},
  title = {An experience for teaching humanoid robotics in computer engineering studies},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {53-58}
}
Nadhajský, M. & Petrovič, P. (2010), "RoboTour Solution as a Learned Behavior Based on Artificial Neural Networks", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 101-105. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: Our contribution describes a mobile robot platform that has been built for the purpose of the contest Robotour – robotika.cz outdoor delivery challenge. The robot is a standard differential-drive robot with a good quality consumer market digital video camera with a lightweight, but high-performance laptop computer used as the main control board. Supplementary board is used to control motors and sensors of the robot. The robot utilizes a behavior-based architecture and its vision module that is responsible for track-following is utilizing an artificial neural network that was trained on a set of images. This is a novel solution that has not been used in Robotour contest previously, and our early experiments demonstrate promising results.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Nadhajsky2010,
  author = {Nadhajský, Miroslav and Petrovič, Pavel},
  title = {RoboTour Solution as a Learned Behavior Based on Artificial Neural Networks},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {101-105}
}
Oates, C. & Zoitl, A. (2010), "Utilizing Lego Mindstorms as a Teaching Platform for Industrial Automation", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 31-36. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: Industrial control systems are taught best using real systems. Such systems can be expensive, dangerous, and may break easily. In the other side simulations often do not react likethe real system. IEC 61499 automation standard supports the current control system trend toward networks of event-driven distributed devices. Support for event driven control applications is new in IEC 61499 as are the tools supporting it. Three tutorials are presented to teach developing IEC 61499 event driven applications along with control theory basics using open source tools with the Lego™ Mindstorms hardware. This inexpensive training system can be used for teaching industrial control methods for students, as well as industrial professionals.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Oates2010,
  author = {Oates, Carolyn and Zoitl, Alois},
  title = {Utilizing Lego Mindstorms as a Teaching Platform for Industrial Automation},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {31-36}
}
Obdržálek, D. (2010), "Eurobot Junior and Starter - A Comparison of Two Approaches for Robotic Contest Organization", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 83-87. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: In this paper we present our experiences gained from organizing a robotic contest for school childer as an adition to the “Eurobot” contest for robot builders of the age up to 30. In 2008 and 2009, we have used and compared two different approaches; based on this experience, we have set the model we believed is the most suitable for us. In 2010, it has proved this was a proper decision.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Obdrzalek2010,
  author = {Obdržálek, David},
  title = {Eurobot Junior and Starter - A Comparison of Two Approaches for Robotic Contest Organization},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {83-87}
}
Passow, B.N., Wheeler, J., Coupland, S. & Gonogra, M.A. (2010), "An Open Platform for Teaching and Project Based Work at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Level", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 155-160. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: Robots are a great tool for engaging and enthusing students when studying a range of topics. De Montfort University offers a wide range of courses from University access courses to Doctoral training. We use robots as tools to teach technical concepts across this wide and diverse range of learners. We have had great success using the Lego RCX and now NXT on the less demanding courses, and conversely with the MobileRobots Pioneer range for postgraduate and research projects. Although there is a distinct area in between these two where both these platforms meet our needs, neither is suitable for every aspect ofour work. For this reason we have developed our own hardware and software platform to fulfil all of our needs. This paper describes the hardware platform and accompanying software and looks at two applications which made use of this system. Our platform presents a low-cost system that enables students to learn about electronics, embedded systems, communication, bus systems, high and low level programming, robot architectures, and control algorithms, all in individual stages using the same familiar hardware and software.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Passow2010,
  author = {Passow, Benjamin N. and Wheeler, James and Coupland, Simon and Gonogra, Mario A.},
  title = {An Open Platform for Teaching and Project Based Work at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Level},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {155-160}
}
Pauluk, M. & Marchewka, D. (2010), "The 3D Tower Crane as a mechatronic tool for education", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 183-186. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: The paper presents a laboratory model of the 3D tower crane. The arm of the crane is approx 1.2m long and the model is approx. 1.5m heigh. The crane is equipped with three DC motors that control: the rotary movement of the tower, the movement of the trolley and up and down movement of the load. The model is equipped with an unique unit for measuring an angle position of the load. The paper contains description of some mechanical solutions as well as results of chosen experiments. Some aspects of appliance in education are discussed.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Pauluk2010,
  author = {Pauluk, Mariusz and Marchewka, Dariusz},
  title = {The 3D Tower Crane as a mechatronic tool for education},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {183-186}
}
Petrovič, P., Balogh, R. & Lúčny, A. (2010), "Robotika.SK Approach to Educational Robotics from Elementary Schools to Universities", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 165-170. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: The Association Robotika.SK organizes and participates in a wide range of activities, projects, contests, events, workshops, summer schools, seminars, prepares educational materials, builds educational hardware and software platforms. This article presents our viewpoint on educational robotics, the challenges, tasks, goals, and means of achieving benefits for the learners and teachers. We summarize several years of experience we collected and provide perspectives on the future development, and some of our future plans.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Petrovic2010,
  author = {Petrovič, Pavel and Balogh, Richard and Lúčny, Andrej},
  title = {Robotika.SK Approach to Educational Robotics from Elementary Schools to Universities},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {165-170}
}
Piatek, M. & Marchewka, D. (2010), "Walking robot modelling aspects", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 207-212. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: The paper describes a walking robot leg modelling process. A six-legged walking robot — the so-called hexapod is concerned. Each leg consists of three links driven by Hitec HS- 475HB servo motors. The proposed model is used for testing leg kinematics and dynamics of the robot gait. One can examine a number of walking algorithms. The model includes: the identified description of the servo motors, a full state observer (position and velocity), forward kinematics of the position and the velocity, inverse kinematics of the position and the leg movement visualisation. The model structure is explained and depicted. The simulation results are shown in a graphical form. The examples of model applications are applied and described. The advantages and disadvantages of the model are listed. Eventual experiments and applications are announced.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Piatek2010,
  author = {Piatek, Marcin and Marchewka, Dariusz},
  title = {Walking robot modelling aspects},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {207-212}
}
Riano, L. & McGinnity, M. (2010), "Design and Validation of a Robotic System to Interactively Teach Geometry", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 5-9. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: Learning geometry can be significantly improved if the student interacts with shapes and their transformations. We present the design and validation of a robotic system that teaches geometry by natural interaction. The robot is able to draw arbitrary shapes in the environment by means of its own movement. It is also able to detect and track the student movements, representing them as geometrical shapes and reproducing them. We will show four experiments where a robot is able to draw mathematical shapes, including an affine transformation, and two experiments where the robot reproduces trajectories a student previously showed it.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Riano2010,
  author = {Riano, Lorenzo and McGinnity, Martin},
  title = {Design and Validation of a Robotic System to Interactively Teach Geometry},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {5-9}
}
Ripel, T., Hrbáček, J. & Krejsa, J. (2010), "Ackerman steering chassis with independently driven back wheels", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 127-132. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: When building the robot for outdoor competition the designer can choose from a variety of chassis. The differential drive and Ackerman steering drive are among the most popular. The paper describes our experiences with the custom built chassis that uses Ackerman steering principle together with independently driven back wheels. The chassis represent the base of Bender II mobile robot, used in Robotour 2009 outdoor competition. The goal of such solution is to obtain better traction on rough outdoor surfaces while keeping the mechanical design simple.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Ripel2010,
  author = {Ripel, Tomáš and Hrbáček, Jan and Krejsa, Jiří},
  title = {Ackerman steering chassis with independently driven back wheels},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {127-132}
}
Rodina, J. & Hubinský, P. (2010), "Mono Axial Vehicle platform for education purposes", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 139-145. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: This paper presents a concept of the Mono Axial Vehicle (MAV) platform for education purposes. The chassis of the MAV can rotate around the wheel axis, hence the system behavior is changing with rotation of the chassis. This allows development of the different control methods on the same vehicle platform. Chassis of the MAV is made of composite materials and the wheels are made of aluminum. The control board is based on 16-bit DSP microcontroller and MEMS sensors. It is able to control up to six servos. Additional sensors may also be added. In order to speed up development, the C libraries and MATLAB based dynamic model are available.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Rodina2010,
  author = {Rodina, Jozef and Hubinský, Peter},
  title = {Mono Axial Vehicle platform for education purposes},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {139-145}
}
Schneider, F.E., Wildermuth, D., Brüggemann, B. & Röhling, T. (2010), "European Land Robot Trial (ELROB). Towards a Realistic Benchmark for Outdoor Robotics", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 65-70. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: The European Land Robotic Trial (ELROB), which was held for the fifth time in 2010, is designed to compare unmanned ground vehicles in realistic outdoor tasks. It addresses the need to create a benchmark that can reproducibly compare and evaluate different robot systems. While robot trials like the DARPA Grand Challenge or the RoboCup have proven to be adequate benchmarks to compare robots systems in specific scenarios, the ELROB provides benchmarking in a wide range of tasks, which are oriented at prospective use-cases from a large variety of applications. In this paper we describe the ELROB 2010, the rationale behind the scenario design and how the trial has been implemented. We present the benchmarking system used to evaluate the robots’ performance in the different tasks and, finally, have a closer look at some exemplary results.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Schneider2010,
  author = {Schneider, Frank E. and Wildermuth, Dennis and Brüggemann, Bernd and Röhling, Timo},
  title = {European Land Robot Trial (ELROB). Towards a Realistic Benchmark for Outdoor Robotics},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {65-70}
}
Schreiber, P., Ondroušek, V., Věchet, S. & Krejsa, J. (2010), "Parallelizing the Precomputed Scan Matching Method for Graphics Card processing", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 197-202. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: Certain methods solving mobile robot localization problem are reliable, but computationally expensive. One possible way how to increase the speed of necessary calculations is to use parallel approach and use graphics card to speed the processes up. Methods such as Precomputed Scan Matching Method (PCSM) or Particle Filters are suitable for parallel processing. PCSM method requires processing the map prior to localization and so far such processing had to be done offline, while the new approach brings computational time reduction in order of a magnitude. The paper describes the modifications of PCSM method and its implementation suitable for modern ATi Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics card series.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Schreiber2010,
  author = {Schreiber, Petr and Ondroušek, Vít and Věchet, Stanislav and Krejsa, Jiří},
  title = {Parallelizing the Precomputed Scan Matching Method for Graphics Card processing},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {197-202}
}
Shannan, N., Amin, S. & Ibrahim, Z. (2010), "Dynamic stability of a five-link biped robot", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 203-206. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: Keeping the dynamic stability during walking is one of the essential characteristics of regular bipedal walk, in the existence of unpowered DOF during SSP. To achieve the dynamic stability, there appears a decisive need to a robust controller to the robot movement. Here a new recurrent Neural Network is suggested as a controller for a five link biped robot, for tracking the desired angles trajectories for the legs of the robot.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Shannan2010,
  author = {Shannan, Nahla and Amin, Shamsudin and Ibrahim, Zuwairie},
  title = {Dynamic stability of a five-link biped robot},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {203-206}
}
Thurský, B. & Gašpar, G. (2010), "Using 3Pi robot POLOLU in the teaching process", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 243-245. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: The paper presents a sample of usage of the Pololu‘s mobile robot 3pi at the interactive teaching of robotics. Since this is a mobile robot with a circular structure and two controlled wheels, it is mainly suitable for the role of following the line, movement in the maze and possibly after adjusting for robotic soccer. In our presented example of it’s usage we are dealing with following lines forming a maze. Thinking of the robot can be demonstrated using described algorithm of finding a way in the maze. The described algorithm allowed primary school students in the hobby group better understand the challenges and problems associated with programming a mobile robot and to develop creative thinking of future robotic systems programmers.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Thursky2010,
  author = {Thurský, Branislav and Gašpar, Gabriel},
  title = {Using 3Pi robot POLOLU in the teaching process},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {243-245}
}
Tokic, M., Usadel, A., Fessler, J. & Ertel, W. (2010), "On an educational approach to behavior learning for robots", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 171-176. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: This paper introduces a system for teaching biologically-motivated robot learning in university classrooms that might be used in courses such as Artificial Intelligence and/or Robotics. For this, we present a simple hardware robot that is able to learn a forward walking policy on basis of a reinforcement signal. Students are able to conduct experiments on a PC with a software called the Teachingbox that controls the robot. This software offers the possibility to control the learning method’s parameters throughout the learning process, which allows observing the effects of such parameters on a real robot. Furthermore, learning on the hardware robot is very fast since forward-walking policies are usually learned in about 30 seconds. Due to this quick learning process nearly no waiting time is caused, and in return this fact often impresses the audience and leads to the question: “How does it work?”.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Tokic2010,
  author = {Tokic, Michel and Usadel, Arne and Fessler, Joachim and Ertel, Wolfgang},
  title = {On an educational approach to behavior learning for robots},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {171-176}
}
Tóth, F., Rohal’-Ilkiv, B. & Krasňanský, P. (2010), "Design of low-cost robotic arm for education", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 133-138. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: The goal of this project was to design and implement the electronics for a robotic device – namely a robotic manipulator. The manipulator has a total of six degrees of freedom, three of which are on the manipulator itself, and the rest are in the wrist. A gripper is used as the end stage of the device. It was necessary to design the electronics so that they could be interfaced with standard hardware and software as that which is available in the automation labs of STU. A similar robotic manipulator will be used as a part of a mobile robot in the future.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Toth2010,
  author = {Tóth, Filip and Rohal’-Ilkiv, Boris and Krasňanský, Pavol},
  title = {Design of low-cost robotic arm for education},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {133-138}
}
Uelmen, J. (2010), "The Boe-Bot Robot Kits Used in Education", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 147-148. FEI STU, Slovakia.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Uelmen2010,
  author = {Uelmen, Jessica},
  title = {The Boe-Bot Robot Kits Used in Education},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {147-148}
}
Vitko, A., Jurišica, L., Babinec, A., Duchoň, F. & Kl’účik, M. (2010), "Some didactic aspects of teaching robotics", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 27-30. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: The contemporary robotics is an excellent tool for teaching science and engineering and an attractive topic for students of all ages. Problems of robotics are fundamentally about the couple sensing – action, the two parallel activities bounded by the robot’s dynamics. It is just the robot’s dynamics that makes the relation “sense – act” difficult to control and calls for the advanced study. The fist part surveys the authors’ experience as teachers and researchers in the field of robotics at the electrical and mechanical engineering faculties. The second part points out some issues of robot control and navigation as we teach them at the university level.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Vitko2010,
  author = {Vitko, Anton and Jurišica, Ladislav and Babinec, Andrej and Duchoň, František and Kl’účik, Marian},
  title = {Some didactic aspects of teaching robotics},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {27-30}
}
Věchet, S. & Krejsa, J. (2010), "Sensor Data Fusion for Mobile Robot", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 223-227. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: Autonomous mobile robot must be equipped with a number of sensors of various measurement principles. The data fusion of measured data is essential for successful navigation of the robot. The paper describes the data fusion method based on Bayesian network. Apart from theoretical grounds of the used approach, the example is also given fusing the compass, GPS and odometry sensor data, because such sensors are commonly present in outdoor robots.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Vechet2010,
  author = {Věchet, Stanislav and Krejsa, Jiří},
  title = {Sensor Data Fusion for Mobile Robot},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {223-227}
}
Wyffels, F., Hermans, M. & Schrauwen, B. (2010), "Building robots as a tool to motivate students into an engineering education", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 49-52. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: Today, robots have become an integral part of our society: children have robot pets, mobile robots are mowing our lawn and robot arms are assembling cars. Since people are clearly fascinated by these mechanical slaves, we were wondering: why not use robots as a tool to teach more abstract concepts in a practical way. Recently, a new course was added to the first year of the Bachelor’s in the engineering program at Ghent University. In this course, first year students have the opportunity to get more hands-on experience through several projects. In this article we focus on one of these, titled ‘How to build your own intelligent robot’. This work covers our approach for the practical sessions. Additionally, we elaborate on the low-cost robot platform that was built specially for this course, and which can be used easily by other schools or universities. Two years after the introduction of the robot project, we find that students not only like the sessions, but are very motivated to solve problems which would be otherwise considered too abstract and tedious.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Wyffels2010,
  author = {Wyffels, Francis and Hermans, Michiel and Schrauwen, Benjamin},
  title = {Building robots as a tool to motivate students into an engineering education},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {49-52}
}
Zabala, L.G., Morán, R. & Blanco, S. (2010), "Arduino Etoys: A programming platform for Arduino on Physical Etoys", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 113-117. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: In the last fifteen years, the technological education has been essentially based on digital technology, leaving aside the use of concrete material. Still having excellent simulators of the physical world, working with concrete material allows the development of cognitive structures that digital doesn't offer. Moreover, these didactic resources allow highly participative group dynamics that have not been yet reached by the existing computers at schools. Unfortunately, in our view there are two major difficulties for the presence of these resources in the classroom. The physical technology is expensive and suffers from constant wear. On the other hand, teachers are not accustomed to working in a dynamic classroom with a methodology of work in a participative group, and have fears about the use of specific technological equipment. Physical Etoys is a development that aims to overcome these difficulties. Physical Etoys facilitates the interaction between inexperienced users and concrete material such as open hardware devices or popular toys by providing a powerful and intuitive visual programming system in order to explore and learn science in an enjoyable way. The objective of this paper is to introduce a new module of Physical Etoys which aims to persuade kids to do different electronic projects with an Arduino Board.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Zabala2010,
  author = {Zabala, Lic. Gonzalo and Morán, Ricardo and Blanco, Sebastián},
  title = {Arduino Etoys: A programming platform for Arduino on Physical Etoys},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {113-117}
}
Šlezárová, A. & Hantuch, I. (2010), "Basic Principles of Design of an Autonomous System", In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010. September 2010., pp. 239-242. FEI STU, Slovakia.
Abstract: This article describes the basic steps to create autopilot. States what action should follow, what inputs and outputs will contain. It describes the basic proposals for the regulator. It also describes the disturbances, that may arise in different situations and how to avoid, or that it should be able to react on these disturbances. As the future we will also regulate the amount - the location, it can select the appropriate device. The article describes the basic of GPS.
BibTeX:
@inproceedings{Slezarova2010,
  author = {Šlezárová, Alexandra and Hantuch, Igor},
  title = {Basic Principles of Design of an Autonomous System},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Robotics in Education, RiE2010},
  publisher = {FEI STU, Slovakia},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {239-242}
}

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