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A Thousand Robots for Each Student: Using Cloud Robot Simulations to Teach Robotics

Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 457)

Abstract

One of the main problems when teaching robotics is the lack of robots for all the students in the class due to its costs and difficulty to maintain. In this paper, we analyze the advantages and drawbacks of using simulations for teaching robotics instead of real robots, as a solution to that problem. We describe a simulation tool based in the cloud that allows the simulation of complex robots off the shelf by using only a web browser as the base system for teaching robotics. Finally we provide the description of a teaching protocol for minimizing costs and troubles while maximizing students experience, which makes a combined use of simulations and real robots.

Keywords

Teaching robotics Robot simulations Web application 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We would like to thank all the Duckietown team for making it possible and specially Andrea Censi for making us part of the project.

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Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Construct SimSan FranciscoUSA

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