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Robotics problem: Education

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Literature Review: Education problem for Robotics

This “Ten Problems for Robotics in the 2020s” booklet identifies ten relevant areas from very recent contributions put forward at academic level in the form journal articles, conference proceedings and students theses. Ten freely accessible internet references have been selected for each area and direct links are provided at the end of each chapter for own consultation. Our selected references do not intend to mirror ranking indexes nor establish novel classifications. On the contrary, they are meant to represent peer-reviewed, diverse and scientifically-sound case studies for vertical dissemination aimed at non-specialist readers. They will also be able to scoop even more references through the bibliography that is reported at the end of each selected reference.

Without further ado, these are the ten problems that we are going to introduce in this booklet:

  1. self learning, 
  2. manipulation,
  3. research,
  4. motion,
  5. detection,
  6. action planning,
  7. simulation,
  8. soft,
  9. education,
  10. accountability.

Each problem has its own dedicated chapter made of an introductory section, a short presentation of the ten selected references and a conclusions section.

The final chapter of this booklet will report the conclusions from each chapter again in order to provide a complete executive summary.


9 Education

THE PROBLEM — Educational robots differ from the state-of-the-art robots that are used in various industrial applications. Educational kits allow the exploration of theoretical and practical knowledge taking into account aspects of engineering, such as: mechanics, drive systems, sensor systems, control and programming of robots. Open source packages like PyRobot on top of ROS can allow the quick creation of simple or state-of-the-art baselines.

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CONCLUSIONS — Educational robots can be defined as robotic systems that are supporting the process of teaching and learning. State-of-the-art industrial lightweight robots are expensive hardware, usually not available to students or less privileged researchers.  Models of robots built from inexpensive components can also be used to test new solutions in the field of construction or control algorithms before they are used in real applications. An open-source, helium-based, indoor robotic airship for robotics education and research is shown to be capable of simultaneous path following and altitude control. Current technological advances have provided low-cost robots with a sufficiently powerful processor to support image processing techniques. Programmable robotics activities are considered successful to trigger, immerse, and extend the interest among young students. 1/10th-scale autonomous vehicles sufficiently capture the scaled dynamics, sensing modalities, decision making and risks of real autonomous vehicles, but are a safe and accessible platform to teach the foundations of autonomous systems. Critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and collaboration skills, are enhanced through the application of a non-formal, tailored educational robotics curriculum in Cyprus. PyRobot is a light-weight, high-level interface on top of ROS that provides a consistent set of hardware independent mid-level APIs to control different robots. EUROPA is a cheap and versatile open platform based on ROS that covers a range of applications, from basic educational robotics to advanced applications.

TEN FREE REFERENCES FROM THE INTERNET — … buy this booklet from Amazon …


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“Ten Problems for Robotics in the 2020s” booklet for Amazon Kindle, 2020; click on the cover to go to the dedicated Amazon listing page

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