CNR 2015: Lectures: David Johan Christensen (DNK): Fable makes it easy, fun and educational to build modular robots
DJC has been active in research to develop the principles, methods, and systems to study the intersection between embodied artificial intelligence and modular robotics for the last decade. His research interests include adaptive and self-organizing control of modular robots for self-reconfiguration, locomotion, playful interaction and rehabilitation.
His work includes distributed control strategies for scalable and fault-tolerant self-reconfiguration of modular robots and programmable matter. Novel modular robotic systems for research in embodied AI and human-robot interaction. Methods for engaging physical programming, playful social interaction and education with modular robotic systems. Adaptive control strategies for online learning of locomotion gaits in modular robots including online optimization of central pattern generators. Current work includes research and development of educational modular robots, interactive LEGO bricks, and underwater collective modular robots. Within these research areas DJC has published more than 40 peer-reviewed research papers.
Robotic systems have a high potential for creative learning if they are flexible, accessible and engaging for the user in the experimental process of building and programming robots.
In this presentation I will describe the Fable modular robotic system for creative learning which we develop to enable and motivate anyone to build and program their own robots. The Fable system consists of self-contained modules equipped with sensors and actuators, which users can use to easily assemble a wide range of robots in a matter of seconds. The robots are user-programmable on several levels of abstraction ranging from a simple visual programming language to powerful conventional ones.
This talk provides an overview of the design of Fable for different user groups and an evaluation of critical issues when we attempt to integrate the system into an everyday teaching context.
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David Johan Christensen is an associate professor at Center for Playware / Automation and Control at the Technical University of Denmark.
Fable makes it easy, fun and educational
to build modular robots
David Johan Christensen will present his lecture "Fable makes it easy, fun and educational to build modular robots" at Cafe Neu Romance on the 28 November 2015 at NTK.