RiE 2019

The 10th International Conference on Robotics in Education, RiE 2019, took place in Vienna ob April 10-12, 2019.

Conference Program

Opening Session on Wednesday:
Prof. Dr. Igor Verner: Educational Robotics in the Era of Industry 4.0

Abstract The transformation of industry and society driven by the new automation, communication, and computing technologies, which is widely referred as the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), entails a significant change in STEM education. By blurring the borders between science and technology, software and hardware, physical and digital – it urges educators to rethink basic educational approaches and develop new efficient models appropriate for the new era of cyber-physical systems (CPS). The key components of CPSs are smart connected robots. Our Technion Center for Robotics and Digital Technology Education implements and evaluates innovative robotics projects which promote learning and teaching in the context of Industry 4.0. The „Intelligent robotics“ project is conducted through collaboration with PTC Inc. and MIT. It explores an educational approach in which the student learns through teaching the robot to learn and communicate via the Internet, and collaborate with other robots. Our study indicated that the proposed approach effectively introduced high school and teacher students to the concepts and technologies of robot control and learning, ROS, IoT, collaborative sensing, digital twin, and augmented reality.
Igor VernerBiography Igor M. Verner is Professor and Head of the Center for Robotics and Digital Technology Education at the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology, and is also affiliated with the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He received the M.S. degree in mathematics, the Ph.D. in computer aided design in manufacturing, and the teaching certificate in technology. For 27 years he has conducted research and supervised graduate studies in educational robotics. The research topics include learning through creating robotic models, didactics of robot competitions, spatial training in robotic environments, learning with learning robots, automation of school science laboratories, robotics in science museums, and learning by digital design and making. Recent studies focus on the development of strategies for educating high school students and teachers in the concepts and technologies that are in the core of the current industrial revolution. Since 2017 Dr. Verner has participated in the Beaver Works Summer Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as Coordinator of Learning Assessment. He is Visiting Scholar of the Teachers College Columbia University.


Afternoon Session on Wednesday:
DI. [FH] Mag. Dr. Gottfried Koppensteiner: Learning by Ourselves

Abstract As the first technically focused secondary school in Austria, the Vienna’s biggest high school (~3600 school students and 330 teachers) called Technologisches Gewerbemuseum (TGM) introduced recently a class format that is called Lernburo (Learning office) in the Information Technology department. This is an innovative learning environment, where the students have the opportunity to explore self-organized learning. It is a format where students are able to learn independently and are able to choose on their own which subject they want to learn. This educational setting includes a redefined role of the teacher that supports the students rather as a coach than a classical teacher. The idea is to learn subjects (mathematics, English and German, system and network engineering as well as software development) from self-explanatory material alone and independent, which means that frontal teaching is completely abolished. The students usually begin by working through the materials in their own time. Then, when the teachers feels that the students are ready, they give assignments to the students which are designed to test and stretch their new knowledge. The students work to complete the assignments, which can be both theoretical or practical.

Biography DI. [FH] Mag. Dr. Gottfried Koppensteiner studied Information and Communication Systems and Services at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien. He graduated 2005 as a Dipl.-Ing. (FH) and continued his studies with a Master degree at the Vienna University of Technology in computer science graduating with his master thesis, “Design and development of an ontology for a knowledge-based automation system” in May 2007. From August 2007 until June 2013 he worked as a project assistant at the Automation and Control Institute, Vienna University of Technology. He finished his PhD thesis about a “Knowledge-based Agent Architecture for Cooperative Production Systems” in fall 2012 with distinction. Already since 1999 he worked first as a teaching assistant and later as regular teacher at the high school TGM. Since September 2014 he holds the position of department head for Information Technology at the TGM.


Afternoon Session on Thursday:
Prof. Dr. Gerald Steinbauer: I will survive!

Abstract Artificial Intelligence and Robotics are the disruptive technologies of our time. These techniques already has a significant influence on various areas of life and across different sectors and fields. In particular there are huge ethical, social, legal, and economic implications. In order to address this major challenge we need to follow a holistic approach that incorporates the different aspects like society, participation, politics, media, and economy as well as a broad range of groups of people. An Austrian writer once quoted „Those who know nothing must believe everything“. In relation to this we argue for literacy in AI and Robotics. In this talk we will highlight the issues and will present activities like „European Driving License for Robotics and Intelligent Systems“ that tries to tackle these issues.

Gerald SteinbauerBiography Gerald Steinbauer received a M.Sc in Computer Engineering (Telematik) and a PhD in Computer Science in 2001 and 2006 from Graz University of Technology. He is currently associate professor at the Institute for Software Technology (IST) at the Graz University of Technology and works on robustness and dependability of autonomous mobile robots. His research interests include autonomous mobile robots, sensor fusion, world modeling, robust robot control, cognitive robotics, search and rescue robots, knowledge representation, reasoning, model-based diagnosis and RoboCup. He built up several RoboCup teams at Graz University of Technology and the research group on autonomous intelligent systems at IST. He published several dozens papers in journals, conferences and workshops. He organized a number of workshops and other scientific events and is very active in the RoboCup community. He is a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, ACM and the Austrian Society for Artificial Intelligence. Moreover, he is founding president of the Austrian RoboCup National Chapter and the Austrian IEEE Robotics and Automation Chapter.


Wednesday, April 10
08:00-09:00 Registration
09:00-10:00 Opening Session
  • Welcome & Introduction
    Richard Balogh, Wilfried Lepuschitz, David Obdržálek – RiE 2018 Co-Chairs
  • Keynote: Educational Robotics in the Era of Industry 4.0s
    Igor Verner, Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
10:00-10:20 Coffee break
10:20-12:00 Technical Session 1: Technologies for Educational Robotics
  • Turtlebot 3 as a Robotics Education Platform (#26)
    Robin Amsters and Peter Slaets
  • SLIM – A Scalable and Lightweight Indoor-navigation MAV as research- and education platform (#33)
    Werner Alexander Isop and Friedrich Fraundorfer
  • An Open Solution for a Low-Cost Educational Toy (#51)
    Pavel Petrovič and Jozef Vaško
  • Environment Virtualization for Visual Localization and Mapping (#27)
    David Valiente, Yerai Berenguer, Luis Payá, Nuno M. Fonseca Ferreira and Oscar Reinoso
12:00-13:00 Lunch break
13:00-13:30 ECER Session: Talks by high school students
13:30-14:10 Invited Talk
  • Keynote: Learning by Ourselves
    Gottfried Koppensteiner, TGM, Austria
14:10-15:00 Poster Session 1: Various Topics
  • Integrating Mathematics and Educational Robotics: Simple Motion Planning (#49)
    Ronald I. Greenberg, George Thiruvathukal and Sara T. Greenberg
  • Creative learning tool for Physics education (#25)
    Maria Jacob and Galeno Sena
  • Using robots as an educational tool in native language lesson (#29)
    Ariana Milašinčić, Bruna Anđelić, Liljana Pushkar and Ana Sovic Krzic
  • Cross-Age Mentoring to Educate High-School Students in Digital Design and Production (#15)
    Yuval Walter and Igor Verner
  • User-driven design of robot costume for child-robot interactions among children with cognitive impairment (#20)
    Luthffi Ismail, Fazah Hanapiah and Francis Wyffels
  • Evolution of Educational Robotics in Supplementary Education of Children (#38)
    Anton Yudin and Andrey Vlasov
15:00-15:30 Poster coffee break
15:30-17:10 Technical Session 2: Workshops, Curricula and Related Aspects #1
  • Design and analysis of a robotics day event to encourage the uptake of a career in STEM fields to pre-GCSE students (#56)
    Shane Trimble, Daniel Brice, Ché Cameron and Micheal Cregan
  • Robotic Theater: An architecture for Competency Based Learning (#46)
    Enrique González, John Jairo Páez Rodríguez, Diego Molano and Carlos Parra
  • STEAM Approach to Autonomous Robotics Curriculum for High School using the Robobo Robot (#55)
    Francisco Bellas, Alma Mallo, Martin Naya, Daniel Souto, Alvaro Deibe, Abraham Prieto and Richard Duro
  • Project-based learning focused on cross-generational challenges (#57)
    Georg Jäggle, Munir Merdan, Gottfried Koppensteiner, Christoph Brein, Bernhard Wallisch, Peter Marakovits, Markus Brunn, Wilfried Lepuschitz and Markus Vincze
From 19:00 Conference Dinner: Augustinerkeller Bitzinger, Augustinerstraße 1, 1010 Vienna


Thursday, April 11
09:30-10:20 Technical Session 3: Programming Environments
  • A generalized Matlab/ROS/Robotic Platform framework for teaching Robotics (#30)
    Nuria Rosillo, Nicolás Montés, João Pedro Alves and Nuno Miguel Fonseca-Ferreira
  • Programming a Humanoid Robot with the Scratch Language (#34)
    Sílvia Moros, Luke Wood, Ben Robbins, Kerstin Dautenhahn and Álvaro Castro
10:20-10:50 Coffee break
10:50-12:30 Technical Session 4: Integrating Robotics with School Subjects
  • Bringing an educational robot into a basic education math lesson (#1)
    Janika Leoste and Mati Heidmets
  • Inviting teachers to use educational robotics to foster mathematical problem-solving (#16)
    Vladimir Estivill-Castro
  • Learning Symmetry with Tangible Robots (#37)
    Wafa Johal, Sonia Andersen, Morgane Chevalier, Ayberk Özgür, Francesco Mondada and Pierre Dillenbourg
  • Lessons from delivering a STEM workshop using educational robots given language limitations (#10)
    Daniel Carrillo-Zapata, Chanelle Lee, Krishna Manaswi Digumarti, Sabine Hauert and Corra Boushel
12:30-13:30 Lunch break
13:30-14:50 Technical Session 5: Robotics Competitions
  • Participants’ perceptions about their learning with FIRST LEGO® League Competition – a gender study (#13)
    Despoina Schina, Mireia Usart and Vanessa Esteve-Gonzalez
  • Young Roboticists’ Challenge – Future with Social Robots, World Robot Summit’s Approach: Preliminary Investigation (#47)
    Amy Eguchi
  • Robotics League — an unique online robotics competition (#50)
    Pavel Petrovic and Richard Balogh
14:50-15:30 Invited Talk
  • Keynote: tbd
    Gerald Steinbauer, Graz University of Technology, Austria
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-17:40 Technical Session 6: Workshops, Curricula and Related Aspects #2
  • On the use of robotics for the development of computational thinking in kindergarten: educational intervention and evaluation (#18)
    Evgenia Roussou and Maria Rangoussi
  • STEAM robotic puzzles to teach in primary school. A Sustainable City project case (#31)
    Francisco Ruiz, Alberto Zapatera and Nicolás Montés
  • Technological Literacy through Outreach with Educational Robotics (#32)
    Georg Jäggle, Lara Lammer, Hannah Hieber and Markus Vincze
  • Robotics Education To and Through College (#48)
    Brian Page, Saeedeh Ziaeefard, Lauren Knop, Mo Rastgaar and Nina Mahmoudian


Friday, April 12
09:00-09:50 Poster Session 2: Various Topics
  • Educational Robotics in Kindergarten, a case study (#35)
    Garyfalia Mantzanidou
  • Comparison of LEGO WeDo 2.0 robotic models in two different grades of elementary school (#28)
    Michaela Veselovská, Zuzana Kubincová and Karolina Mayerova
  • CREA: An inquiry-based methodology to teach robotics to children (#54)
    Maria Blancas, Cristina Valero, Anna Mura, Vasiliki Vouloutsi and Paul F.M.J. Verschure
  • First Steps in Teaching Robotics with Drones (#41)
    Benedikt Breuch and Martin Fislake
  • Educational robotics competitions and involved methodological aspects (#11)
    Eftychios Christoforou, Panicos Masouras, Pericles Cheng, Sotiris Avgousti, Nikolaos Tsekos, Andreas Panayides and George Georgiou
  • Autonomous Driving Car Competition (#3)
    João Pedro Alves, Nuno Ferreira, António Valente, Salviano Soares and Vítor Filipe
  • The uncanny valley of the virtual animals (#23)
    Alexandra Sierra Rativa, Marie Postma and Menno Van Zaanen
09:50-10:20 Poster coffee break
10:20-12:00 Technical Session 7: Cross Topics
  • Robots Tutors: Welcome or Ethically Questionable? (#40)
    Matthijs Smakman and Elly Konijn
  • Teaching Robotics with a Simulator Environment developed for the Autonomous Driving Competition (#36)
    David Fernandes, Francisco Pinheiro, André Dias, Alfredo Martins, Jose Almeida and Eduardo Silva
  • Setup of a Temporary Makerspace for Children at University: MAKER DAYS for kids 2018 (#21)
    Maria Grandl, Martin Ebner and Andreas Strasser
  • Cyber-physical system security: Position spoofing in a class project on autonomous vehicles (#45)
    Gregory Lewin
12:00-13:00 Lunch break
13:00-13:50 Technical Session 8: Comprehensive View on Educational Robotics
  • On Measuring Engagement Level During Child-Robot Interaction in Education (#17)
    Chris Lytridis, Christos Bazinas, George Papakostas and Vassilis Kaburlasos
  • The effect of commercially available educational robotics: A systematic review (#24)
    Bjarke Pedersen, Jørgen Larsen and Jacob Nielsen
13:50-14:00 Closing Session
  • Résumé / Outlook on RiE 2019
    Richard Balogh, Wilfried Lepuschitz, David Obdržálek – RiE 2018 Co-Chairs
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