Colias: towards an affordable mobile robot for education in developing countries

Gyebi, Ernest and Arvin, Farshad and Hanheide, Marc and Yue, Shigang and Cielniak, Grzegorz (2015) Colias: towards an affordable mobile robot for education in developing countries. In: Developing Countries Forum at ICRA 2015, 29 May, 2015, Seattle, USA.

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Abstract

Educational robotics can play a key role in addressing some of the important challenges faced by higher education
in developing countries. One of the major obstacles preventing a wider adoption of initiatives involving educational robotics in these parts of the world is a lack of robot platforms which would be affordable for the local educational institutions. In this paper, we present our inexpensive mobile robot platform Colias and assess its potential for education in developing countries. To this end, we describe hardware and software components of the robot, assess its suitability for education and discuss the missing features which will need to be developed to turn Colias into a fully featured educational platform. The presented robot is one of the key components of our current efforts in popularising
educational robotics at African universities.

Keywords:educational robotics, education in developing countries, affordable mobile robot
Subjects:H Engineering > H671 Robotics
X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
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ID Code:17558
Deposited On:01 Jun 2015 10:23

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