Barbara Arbanas attended “Lucia 2016 – 3nd PhD school on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics”, held in Örebro, Sweden on December 12-16, 2016. The school provided a unique training and human experience. Lecture topics covered technologies at the forefront of research in AI and in Robotics, while some of these were applied through hands-on exercises on real robots. It also showed to be the opportunity to discuss the research work with top level scholars as well as other students, and to extend networks. Barbara also presented project subCULTron in an interactive poster session.
We were proud to host nearly three hundred elementary school students in our lab during the last few weeks. These visits were organized as experimental intervention within the JOBSTEM project, aimed towards determining how are STEM careers aspirations formed and how are these aspirations influenced by different factors such as gender, family characteristics and early exposure to the STEM field. During their visit to our laboratory, Barbara, Antun, Damjan and Frano introduced the students to basic concepts in robotics through our aerial, ground and humanoid robots.
Frano Petric has been the demonstrator of small NAO humanoid robots to pupils from the primary school Fran Galovic from Zagreb. The visit of young scholars is a part of the STEM popularisation program Šuza supported by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. It was interesting to read the impressions of the kids published on the school web page. This reminds us all to keep the spirit of child’s curiosity and happiness in seeing and learning new things.
Since 2014 the European Robotics Week has become a major robotics event in many places all over Europe. The coordinator for Croatia is LARICS postdoctorand dr. Matko Orsag. LARICS, together with other two FER robotics laboratories, LAMOR and LABUST, opened widely laboratory doors to visitors and prepared several demonstrations of various robotics equipment for air, ground, and under water operation.