Conference Program

To download the program for RiE 2016, click here (pdf file).


Opening Session on Thursday:
Pavel Petrovič: Opportunities and Obstacles of Constructionism in Educational Robotics

Abstract Educational Robotics is one of the most suitable platforms for deploying Constructionism learning theory of Seymour Papert that builds upon a wider-scope and better established Constructivism of Jean Piaget. Originating in Logo language it was nicely integrated with the early LEGO Dacta robotics construction sets. Even though LEGO later abandoned this beautiful constellation, much constructionist work has been conducted since then. Today, some schools even put Constructionism as their central theme and teaching style, as can be seen for instance in Ban Sankampang Constructionism School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Constructionist work can be seen in many schools, youth centers, robotics clubs. Constructionist researchers sometimes like to
say: the best constructionists do not even know they are constructionist. Where did constructionism move since its deliberation in the 80s? What is its scope, where are the limits? In what situations is it suitable and what should we be careful about? In this talk we will address the challenges of constructionism through our experiences and current work.

Biography Pavel Petrovič has been a constructionist educator since he was 14. Starting as an instructor in summer electronics camp in Slovakia that he joined for more than 10 times, teaching informatics in secondary schools with LEGO Dacta in 90s, using LEGO robots in his doctoral dissertation in Artificial Intelligence at NTNU in Trondheim, running LEGO robotics activities with Scandinavian children in a summer camp CyberCamp in Trondheim for more than 5 times, building robots with children in robotics clubs in Norway and Slovakia, and lately also with his bachelor and master students in Future Technologies Laboratory at Comenius University in Bratislava. Pavel brought to Slovakia FLL competition in 2008, currently featuring 78 teams in the season of 2015 as well as RoboCup Junior, where he has been the head of jury for 15 years. He also designs tasks for a creative contest that is part of RoboCup Junior event, and currently he’s organizing the 4th year of on-line robotics competition Summer League that complements FLL during the spring season. Meanwhile he teaches programming, software engineering and AI algorithms for robotics at Comenius University.

Morning Session on Friday:
Lara Lammer: A Journey through the Minds of Educational Robotics Stakeholders

Abstract In the robotics community, educational robotics is considered an effective tool to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Many organizations have been leveraging on this for a number of years by offering different educational robotics activities to school age children. However, general educational institutions seem to be rather reluctant to adopt robotics as an educational technology. In this talk, I invite you to take a journey with me with an open mind, leaving your judgement behind and taking your focus beyond the „lazy“ teachers, „scrimpy“ school administrators, „too theoretical“ researchers, „technology phobic“ parents or „short-sighted“ politicians. Together we will travel through the minds of different educational robotics stakeholders and try to see different perspectives and requirements to the field of educational robotics. By the end of the talk, you may have a deeper understanding of why educational robotics is adopted only by some stakeholders, and you may think about what you could change about your approaches, attitudes and beliefs to have the other ones on board.
Biography Lara Lammer is a critical thinker who generates divers ideas and solutions to address challenges of the 21st century, and conceptualizes them together with other creative minds. She is a project manager, researcher and communicator holding a Diplomingenieur title from the Graz University of Technology in Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen-Maschinenbau. Her education in mechanical engineering, electronics and artificial intelligence as well as business administration, and her diverse cultural background have nurtured her curiosity and perseverance besides her deep interdisciplinary understanding and collaboration skills. Before starting her research in robotics at the TU Wien, Lara Lammer worked in two different renowned European global companies as project manager in the transportation sector and as sales manager in the oil and gas industry. Now she is coordinating the European Horizon2020 Project Educational Robotics for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ER4STEM ( with the vision „to realize a creative and critical use of educational robotics to maintain children’s curiosity in the world“.

Thursday, April 14
08:00-08:50 Registration


08:50-09:40 Opening Session
  • Welcome & Introduction
    Richard Balogh, Wilfried Lepuschitz, David Obdržálek – RiE 2016 Co-Chairpersons
  • Keynote: Opportunities and Obstacles of Constructionism in Educational Robotics
    Ass.-Prof. Pavel Petrovič – Comenius University in Bratislava, SK
09:40-09:50 Short break


09:50-10:40 Technical Session 1: Overview on Educational Robotics
  • Session chair: Pavel Petrovič
  • The Educational Robotics Landscape (#12*)
    Lara Lammer, Markus Vincze, Martin Kandlhofer and Gerald Steinbauer
  • ER4STEM – Educational Robotics for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (#6*)
    Lara Lammer, Wilfried Lepuschitz, Chronis Kynigos, Angele Giuliano and Carina Girvan
  • Activity Plan Template: a mediating tool for supporting learning design with robotics (#33)
    Nikoleta Yiannoutsou, Sofia Nikitopoulou, Chronis Kynigos, Ivaylo Gueorguiev and Julian Angel Fernandez
10:40-11:10 Coffee break


11:10-12:20 Technical Session 2: Workshops, Activities and Curricula #1
  • Session chair: Ivaylo Gueorguiev
  • Student-Robot Interactions in Museum Workshops: Learning Activities and Outcomes (#16)
    Alex Polishuk and Igor Verner
  • A workshop to promote Arduino-based robots as wide spectrum learning support tools (#17)
    Francesca Agatolio and Michele Moro
  • How to teach with LEGO WeDo at primary school (#24*)
    Karolina Mayerova and Michaela Veselovská
12:20-13:20 Lunch break


13:20-14:10 ECER Session

4 talks by high school students

14:10-15:40 Technical Session 3: Controllers, Platforms and Tools
  • Session chair: Igor Verner
  • Aeris – robots laboratory with dynamic environment (#20)
    Michal Chovanec, Lukáš Čechovič and Lukáš Mandák
  • UNC++Duino: A kit for learning to program robots in Python and C starting from blocks (#23)
    Luciana Benotti, Marcos Gomez and Cecilia Martinez
  • On the Design and Implementation of a Virtual Machine for Arduino (#30)
    Gonzalo Zabala, Sebastián Blanco, Matías Teragni and Ricardo Morán
  • Networking extension module for Yrobot – a modular educational robotic platform (#19*)
    Michal Hodon, Juraj Micek and Michal Kochlan
15:40-16:00 Coffee break


16:00-18:00 Technical Session 4: Integration with other Science Domains
  • Session chair: David Obdrzalek
  • Robotics in School Chemistry Laboratories (#4)
    Igor Verner and Leonid Revzin
  • Applied Social Robotics – Building Interactive Robots with LEGO Mindstorms (#14)
    Andreas Kipp and Sebastian Schneider
  • Model based design of the competition car (#1)
    Richard Balogh
  • Offering Multiple Entry-Points into STEM for Young People (#32)
    Wilfried Lepuschitz, Gottfried Koppensteiner and Munir Merdan
  • Usability Evaluation of a Raspberry-Pi Telepresence Robot Controlled by Android Smartphones (#11)
    Worawan Marurngsith and Krit Janard
From 19:00 Conference Dinner


Friday, April 15
09:00-09:40 Morning Session
  • Keynote: A Journey through the Minds of Educational Robotics Stakeholders
    Lara Lammer, Vienna University of Technology, AT
09:40-09:50 Short break


09:50-11:00 Technical Session 5: Workshops, Activities and Curricula #2
  • Session chair: Lara Lammer
  • Concept Inventories for Quality Assurance of Study Programs in Robotics (#27)
    Reinhard Gerndt and Jens Lüssem
  • Project Oriented Approach in Educational Robotics: From Robotic Competition to Practical Appliance (#25)
    Anton Yudin, Andrey Vlasov, Maria Salmina and Maxim Kolesnikov
  • Using Modern Software and the ICE approach when Teaching University Students Modelling in Robotics (#21*)
    Sven Rönnbäck
  • Breeding Robots to Learn How to Rule Complex Systems (#9*)
    Franco Rubinacci, Michela Ponticorvo, Onofrio Gigliotta and Orazio Miglino
11:00-11:10 Short break


11:10-12:20 Technical Session 6: Human-Robot Interaction
  • Session chair: Julian Angel-Fernandez
  • Personalizing educational game play with a robot partner (#22)
    Mirjam De Haas and Emilia Barakova
  • Robot moves as tangible feedback in a mathematical game at primary school (#8)
    Sonia Mandin, Marina De Simone and Sophie Soury-Lavergne
  • Robots as Tutee (#26*)
    Lena Pareto
  • The Experience of Developing Mr. Saud Educational System using NAO Humanoid Robot (#34*)
    Hend Al-Khalifa, Bashayer Alsalman, Deema Alnuhait, Atheer Alkhalifah, Ohoud Meldah and Sara Aloud
12:20-13:20 Lunch break


13:20-14:45 Technical Session 7: Simulation Environments and Robotics
  • Session chair: Richard Balogh
  • V-REP and LabVIEW in the service of education (#5)
    Marek Gawryszewski, Piotr Kmiecik and Grzegorz Granosik
  • Developing Extended Real and Virtual Robotics Enhancement Classes with Years 10-13 (#7)
    Peter Samuels and Sheila Poppa
  • A thousand robots for each student: using cloud robot simulations to teach robotics (#29)
    Ricardo Tellez
  • Educational robot task virtual model transformation into real environment (#13*)
    Renata Burbaitė, Adomas Paulauskas and Vytautas Štuikys
14:45-15:00 Closing Session
  • Outlook on RiE 2017 & Résumé
    Richard Balogh, Wilfried Lepuschitz, David Obdržálek – RiE 2016 Co-Chairpersons
From 15:00 ECER Finals


Regular paper presentations: 15-20 minutes plus 5 minutes Q&A
Short paper presentations (paper ID marked with star): 8-10 minutes plus 3 minutes Q&A, to be complemented by discussions with authors next to posters during breaks

Further Events

Attendants of the RiE 2016 have the opportunity to visit the European Conference on Educational Robotics (ECER 2016), a well established international scientific conference for high school students. At this conference the students can present their findings in engaging talks, show their robots live, and take part in exciting robot competitions, including the official European Regional Botball Competition.

In addition to the RiE 2016, the participants can also use the opportunity to visit the Vienna Maker Faire on April 16-17.