UK Robotics Week 2018

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The Adaptive Systems Research Group at the University of Hertfordshire organizes two events for the UK Robotics Week 2018 that introduce school children to robotics research. Besides the researchers from the robot house going to a secondary school in Welwyn Garden City, Kaspar and other robots are visiting a primary school in Hatfield. Both events aim to familiarize pupils at different ages with the actual science behind social robotics. We provide them with an opportunity to see what is possible with current robots and have fun while interacting with exciting new technologies.


·     Event 1: Programming Pepper     ·     Event 2: Robotics Crash Course     ·     Earlier events     ·


1. Programming Pepper: What can You make a Humanoid Robot do?

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Do you ever wonder how today's robots almost behave human-like and utilise emotions in their interactions? Secondary school students in Hertfordshire are going to find out during the course of this event. A team of researchers from the Robot House is visiting a local school and brings two state-of-the-art interactive robots with them.

We will provide an activity within UK Robotics Week inside a school where pupils who are in the process of taking their A-level computing get the opportunity to program the interactive humanoid robot Pepper. While such robots are already widely discussed in the media, we offer the unique chance of a hands-on experience beyond the usual news coverage. During this activity the students will learn the practical applications and challenges of programming robots such as Pepper.

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Pepper

© Philippe Dureuil/Toma

The event's focus is to help the robot tell a narrative by giving it matching emotions. Students will give it custom emotions that they have created and designed by themselves. To achieve this goal, they can use body movements, gesture and other non-verbal signals. Beyond the robot, the university will provide an easy-to-use graphical programming environment plus the necessary support for the students. During this activity the students will learn the practical applications and challenges of programming robots such as Pepper.

Afterwards, we will watch the robot tell a narrative just the way the students like it and they can share the resulting video of the robot with their friends. Students will learn how to use and programme a real robot while having fun.

Key facts

  • Date: 26-28 June 2018
  • Location: Stanborough School, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
  • Age group: Secondary school students in year groups 10 to 12
  • Arrangement: A class of up to 30 students will work with 2 Pepper robots, writing programs for them and seeing how they operate. In this activity the students will learn the practical applications and challenges of programming robots such as Pepper.
  • Tutors: Alessandra Rossi (a.rossi@herts.ac.uk), Patrick Holthaus (p.holthaus@herts.ac.uk)

2. A Crash Course in Robotics that's Child Play

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During this event, primary school children will spend a day focused on learning about all the different aspects of robotics, from how they are built to how they are programmed, what they can be used for and why it is useful for robots to be able to learn and adapt. For additional information please visit:

http://adapsys.cs.herts.ac.uk/ukroboticsweek2018/

Earlier UK Robotics Week events

The robot house was already part of UK Robotics Week before. Here you can find impressions of how research related event in the robot house can look like.

How can I program my personal home companion robot?

This video of our event from the very first robotics week in 2016 gives you an impression how a research related event in the robot house that involves students can look like.