AAAI Publications, Twenty-Second International FLAIRS Conference

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Using Mixed Reality to Facilitate Education in Robotics and AI
John Eric Anderson, Jacky Baltes

Last modified: 2009-03-16


Using robots as part of any curriculum requires careful management of the significant complexity that physical embodiment introduces. Students need to be made aware of
this complexity without being overwhelmed by it, and navigating
students through this complexity is the biggest challenge faced by an instructor.  Achieving this requires a framework that allows complexity to be introduced in stages, as students' abilities improve. Such a framework should also be flexible enough to provide a range of application environments that can grow with student  sophistication, and be able to quickly change
between applications.  It should be portable and maintainable, and require a minimum of overhead to manage in a classroom. Finally, the framework should provide repeatability and control for evaluating the students' work, as well as for performing research. In this paper, we discuss the advantages of a mixed reality approach to applying robotics to education in order to accomplish these challenges.  We introduce a framework for managing mixed reality in the classroom, and discuss our experiences with using this framework for teaching robotics and AI.

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