Researches at MOBOTS pursuit developing innovative educational robots technologies and investigating their impact in learning activities.
The MOBOTS team has a long tradition of development of mobile robots for education, starting with the Khepera robot, through platforms like the MarxBot and up to the more recent Thymio and e-puck robots.
Because the policy of bringing these tools to the market, these robot have reached thousands of schools, from primary to university level. These results have been reached with the help of companies or association manufacturing and distributing these tools, but also with the help of government that supported their introduction in schools.
In the recent years, synergies have been created with the EPFL Center for Learning Sciences LEARN, merging the robotics effort with a more broad effort in education about computational thinking, computer science, and digital literacy.
The studies conducted in MOBOTS realated to Education were mainly founded by the National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCRs), more especifically in the Grand Challenge of Educational Robotics.
A case for co-construction with teachers in curricular reform: Introducing computer science in primary school
ACE ’22: Australasian Computing Education Conference
2022-02-14Australasian Computing Education Conference, Virtual, February 14-18, 2022.
DOI : 10.1145/3511861.3511883
Dataset for the publication “The TACS Model: Understanding Teachers’ Adoption of Computer Science Pedagogical Content in Primary School”
Dataset for the validation of a Computational Thinking test for upper primary school (grades 3-4)
Developing STEM and Team-working Skills Through Collaborative Space Robotics Missions
AFRICON Conference Proceedings 2021
20212021 IEEE AFRICON, Arusha, Tanzania, 13-15 Sept. 2021.
DOI : 10.1109/AFRICON51333.2021.9570851
Investigating the Role of Educational Robotics in Formal Mathematics Education: The Case of Geometry for 15-Year-Old Students
Technology-Enhanced Learning for a Free, Safe, and Sustainable World
2021European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2021), Virtual, Septembre 20-24, 2021.
DOI : 10.1007/978-3-030-86436-1_6
Teachers’ Perspective on Fostering Computational Thinking Through Educational Robotics
Robotics in Education
2021International Conference on Robotics in Education (RiE 2021), Bratislava, Slovakia, April 28-30, 2021.
DOI : 10.1007/978-3-030-82544-7_17
Aligning the Design of Educational Robotics Tools With Classroom ActivitiesDesigning, Constructing, and Programming Robots for Learning; IGI Global, 2021-11-01. p. 368.
ISBN : 978-1-799874-43-0
DOI : 10.4018/978-1-7998-7443-0.ch001
Dataset for the evaluation of a large-scale in-service K-4 teacher-training program for computer science and robotics
Introducing a Paper-Based Programming Language for Computing Education in Classrooms
Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
20202020 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, Trondheim, Norway, June 15-19, 2020.
DOI : 10.1145/3341525.3387402
Learning Symmetry with Tangible Robots
Robotics In Education: Current Research And Innovations
2020-01-0110th International Conference on Robotics in Education (RiE), Vienna, AUSTRIA, Apr 10-12, 2019.
DOI : 10.1007/978-3-030-26945-6_24
A Tangible Programming Language for the Educational Robot Thymio
[Proceedings of the IISA 2019 The 10th International Conference on Information, Intelligence, Systems and Applications]
2019-08-18IISA 2019 The 10th International Conference on Information, Intelligence, Systems and Applications, Patras, Greece, July 15-17, 2019.
Augmented Robotics for Learners: A Case Study on Optics
2019 28th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN)
2019IEEE RoMan 2019 – The 28th IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication, New Delhi, India, October 14 – 18, 2019.
DOI : 10.1109/RO-MAN46459.2019.8956363
Magnet-assisted ball drive
Patent number(s) :
- US10377231 (B2)
- US2019016213 (A1)
Declarative Physicomimetics for Tangible Swarm Application Development
Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence, ANTS 2018
2018-10-2911th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence, ANTS 2018, Rome, Italy, October 29-31, 2018.
DOI : 10.1007/978-3-030-00533-7
Iterative Design of an Upper Limb Rehabilitation Game with Tangible Robots
Proceedings of 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
2018-03-05ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), Chicago, IL, USA, March 5-8, 2018.
DOI : 10.1145/3171221.3171262
Windfield: Demonstrating Wind Meteorology with Handheld Haptic Robots
HRI ’17 Proceedings of the Companion of the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
2017HRI ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Vienna, Austria, March 6-9, 2017.
DOI : 10.1145/3029798.3036664
Haptic-Enabled Handheld Mobile Robots: Design and Analysis
Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
2017CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Denver, Colorado, USA, May 6-11, 2017.
DOI : 10.1145/3025453.3025994
Cellulo: Versatile Handheld Robots for Education
HRI ’17: ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction Proceedings
2017ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), Vienna, Austria, March 6-9, 2017.
DOI : 10.1145/2909824.3020247
You’re Doing It Wrong! Studying Unexpected Behaviors in Child-Robot Interaction
Social Robotics, Proceedings of the 7th International Conference, ICSR 2015
2015International Conference on Social Robotics, Paris, France, October 26-30, 2015.
DOI : 10.1007/978-3-319-25554-5_39
IniRobot : a pedagogical kit to initiate children to concepts of robotics and computer science
Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Robotics in Education
20156th International Conference on Robotics in Education, Yverdon, Switzerland, May 20-22, 2015.
Which Robot Behavior Can Motivate Children to Tidy up Their Toys? Design and Evaluation of “Ranger”
Proceedings of the 2014 ACM/IEEE international conference on Human-robot interaction
20149th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI’14), Bielefeld, Germany, March 3-6, 2014.
DOI : 10.1145/2559636.2559659
Upgrade Your Robot Competition, Make a Festival!
IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine
2013Vol. 20 , num. 3, p. 12-14.
DOI : 10.1109/MRA.2013.2272203
Thymio II, a robot that grows wiser with children
Advanced Robotics and its Social Impacts (ARSO), 2013 IEEE Workshop on
2013The 2013 IEEE Workshop on Advanced Robotics and its Social Impacts (ARSO), Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, November 7-9, 2013.
DOI : 10.1109/ARSO.2013.6705527
Analysis of Impact of an Annual Robotics Festival
Proceedings of the IEEE International Workshop on Advanced Robotics and its Social Impacts
2012The IEEE International Workshop on Advanced Robotics and its Social Impacts, Munich, Germany, May 21-23, 2012.
DOI : 10.1109/ARSO.2012.6213394