(Experimental laboratory)

  • Language: ITALIAN
  • Enrollment: 23-01-2019to hour 12:00 on
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Children with disabilities of different types may have problems playing alone or with friends, possibly without disabilities. We propose a competition aimed at the development of small robots or electronic objects that can be used by these children to play, using resources made available by the course. The competition takes place in the second semester and must lead to working objects that can be safely evaluated on the field. The adopted technologies may include Arduino or ESP32, Raspberry PI, phone apps, sensors, and actuators. The aim of the activity is to provide the possibility to experiment in a practical way with sensors, actuators and microprocessors to achieve a defined objective of social utility.The learning process follows the constructivist approach (Papert), based on learning by doing: the students, who will need to have already some basic programming or design skills, will receive a 2-hour introduction about the use of sensors and actuators, one hour about the design of moving objects, and 2 hours about the disability problems that can be faced, starting a co-design activity with final users. They will be free to organize themselves in groups. During the whole activity they will be supported by the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Laboratory (AIRLab) that will be available for them every evening from 5.15 to 7.15 pm and, if the University will make it possible, at the weekend. There are two moments of intermediate verification of the design (on March 15th) and of the first prototype (beginning of May). On the final day the robots will be brought to a facility where they will be tested with real users. Every week, according to the published calendar, the teacher will meet participants for at least 2 hours to support the development of the projects. In the final day, the developed devices will be brought at a care center, where they will be tested with actual people with disabilities. The quality of the products will be evaluated by a panel of experts for 50% from the technical point of view and for 50% from the application point of view. Awards will be assigned to the first three classified groups. At the end the devices will be left at the final users that will have participated to the specification definition and the final evaluation. Robots that will pass this evaluation will be entitled to participate to a national competition for robotic rehabilitation. This activity is part of the activities of PlayBot4All (


dal March 2019 a May 2019


5 marzo, ore 17.15-19.15 Lezione; 8 marzo, ore 17.15-19.15 Lezione; 12 marzo, ore 17.15-19.15 Lezione; 15 marzo, ore 17.15-19.15 Analisi progetti; 19 marzo, ore 17.15-19.15 Laboratorio assistito; 26 marzo, ore 17.15-19.15 Laboratorio assistito; 5 aprile, ore 17.15-19.15 Laboratorio assistito; 12 aprile, ore 17.15-19.15 Laboratorio assistito; 16 aprile, ore 17.15-19.15 Laboratorio assistito; 10 maggio, ore 17.15-19.15 Pre-valutazione prototipi; 17 maggio, ore 17.15-19.15 Laboratorio assistito; 28 maggio, ore 9-13 Evento finale.
Inoltre, il laboratorio di Intelligenza Artificiale e Robotica potra' accogliere gli studenti impegnati in quest'attivita' tutti i giorni dal 5 marzo al 28 maggio dalle 17.15 alle 19.15.

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