robotics@fer.hr at the University Fair

Together with Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies (LABUST) and Laboratory for Autonomous and Mobile Robotics (LAMOR), we were a part of our Faculty’s display at this years University Fair, which was held in the Student Centre from November 23-25, 2017.

The event was aimed towards high school students which were able to see a small part of our robotics research, including our newly acquired robot Pepper, aPad platform from LABUST and Husky platform from LAMOR, all presented under our robotics@fer.hr brand.

Knowledge Thursday at Croatian Telecom

We participated in the lecture on Knowledge Thursday at Croatian Telecom held in their offices in Sky Tower on Thursday, November 16th 2017. Our partners from Croatian Telecom and Bokamobile presented the motivation and rationale for using Pepper robot in promotional activities of Croatian Telecom. Our part of presentation covered the technical aspects of the robot and the project. We also gave a brief overview of our day-to-day robotics activities with emphasis on the ADORE project.

Just before the talk, we finished our Pepper training for Croatian Telecom personnel, marking a successful finish to this phase of our collaboration.

Intellectual property day for children and youth in Varaždin

We were again invited to participate in the Intellectual property day for children and youth, organized by Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Croatia with the support of European Union Intellectual Property Office. This time the event was held in Varaždin City Hall on November 14th, 2017.

As a part of an interactive education about intellectual property and its managing, 80 children children of the 5th to 8th grade from the I., II., IV., and V. primary schools in Varaždin attended our workshop titled “Robotics and licences” in which we demonstrated the function of our NAO robots to explain the role of software licenses in robotics. More information about the event can be found here.

Weekend Media Festival with Croatian Telecom

Finishing the development phase of our collaboration with Croatian Telecom and Bokamobile, we deployed Croatian Telecom’s Pepper robot in two scenarios on Weekend Media Festival, held in Rovinj, Croatia on September 21-24, 2017.

In the first scenario, Pepper was the announcer of the panel talk called Stem, je t’aime: The Future is Now. Pepper was joined by Nenad Bakic, Mate Rimac, Boris Drilo, Boris Jokic and others to discuss the importance of STEM in Croatia.

The other task for Pepper was to be a host at the Croatian Telecom booth, where the robot greeted the visitors and offered them the opportunity to dance, take selfies, play a game or learn more about STEM fields.

Intellectual property day for children and youth

We were invited to participate in the Intellectual property day for children and youth, organized by Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Croatia with the support of European Union Intellectual Property Office and held on May 30 in the Museum of Modern Art in Zagreb.

Within the programme for senior primary school grades titled “I Have an Idea”, school children of the 7th grade from the Trnsko and the Kajzerica primary schools and of the 8th grade from the Jure Kaštelan primary school participated in our workshop titled “Robotics and licences” in which Damjan demonstrated the function of our NAO robots to explain the role of software licenses in robotics. More information about the event can be found here.

NAO robots at the President’s office

Our NAO robots were a part of our Faculty stand at the office of the president of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović. We were honored to be a part of the “Open-doors day for STEM fields popularization”. While we were taking pictures, one of our robots decided to grab a few STEMI minions and take control over the President’s chair.

HRI Pioneers workshop in Vienna

Frano attended HRI Pioneers workshop, presenting the poster “Robot-assisted Autism Spectrum Disrder Diagnostics using POMDPs”. After the workshop, Frano attended the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction.

5th Croatian Computer Vision Workshop

Frano was present at the Fifth Croatian Computer Vision Workshop, held on October 11, 2016 in Osijek. Frano presented his work entitled “Probabilistic Eye-Contact Detection for the Robot-assisted ASD Diagnostic protocol”, done withing the ADORE project. We would like to thank Visage Technologies for providing us with their face-tracking software.

Professor Silvia Fajardo Flores met our humanoid robots

Before her lecture on non-visual access to mathematical contents, professor Silvia Fajardo Flores from University of Colima – Faculty of Telematics, Mexico, visited our ACROSS laboratory and met our humanoid robots. She also took some time to talk to professor Kovacic about our work with the children with autism and exchange some ideas about potentials of using robots to help visually impaired people.

Frano Petric defended the topic of his doctoral dissertation

In front of the assessment committee (Prof. Stjepan Bogdan, Prof. Zdenko Kovacic, and Prof. Bojan Jerbic), LARICS PhD student Frano Petric mentored by Prof. Kovacic successfully presented and defended the topic of his doctoral dissertation titled „Robot-assited Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnostics using POMDPs“. The Committee agreed upon expected scientific contributions and thereafter, the Faculty Council and the Technical Committee of the University of Zagreb should still approve the given topic proposal.