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Issue 2 • Date June 2016

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  • [Front Cover]

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s): C1
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  • Table of Contents

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):1 - 2
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  • Staff Listing

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s): 2
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  • Three Exciting Years with Your Magazine [From the Editor's Desk]

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s): 4
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  • Young Professionals Take Leadership Roles in Robotics and Automation [President's Message]

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s): 6
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  • Building an Ecosystem for Women Entrepreneurs [Industrial Activities]

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):8 - 10
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  • Yet Another Robot Application? [From the Guest Editors]

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):12 - 105
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  • Pedagogical Uses of Thymio II: How Do Teachers Perceive Educational Robots in Formal Education?

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):16 - 23
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    Robots have generated interest for use in schools since Seymour Papert's work; however, when his Logo turtles were introduced in the 1980s, they proved to be unreliable, expensive, and limited [1]. Since then, we have seen various affordable, reliable, and polyvalent platforms such as LEGO Mindstorms [1] or the Bee-Bot [2]. Robotics has become more appealing, and it is an established fact that edu... View full abstract»

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  • The Game of Science: An Experiment in Synthetic Roboethology with Primary School Children

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):24 - 29
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    Educational robots may be used for purposes other than teaching computer science and robotics. In this article, we describe an educational robotics activity designed to enhance primary school children's ability to conduct cross-disciplinary scientific inquiry, not by requiring them to build and program robots but by inviting them to work out the mechanism(s) governing preprogrammed robots. View full abstract»

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  • Teacher's Kit: Development, Usability, and Communities of Modular Robotic Kits for Classroom Education

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):30 - 39
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    Robotics is becoming a mainstream phenomenon, entering all areas of our lives. In addition to cutting-edge research and development, robotics is becoming equally important in the classroom and home education. Numerous educational kits have appeared on the market recently, ranging from simple toolboxes and toys to complex, configurable R&D sets. Their value in formal teaching lies in modularity... View full abstract»

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  • Robotics for All Ages: A Standard Robotics Curriculum for K-16

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):40 - 46
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    The introduction of robotics in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is quickly becoming a very polarizing topic. As a discipline, robotics research is tackling new and challenging problems that resonate with public perception and also provide exciting and fun opportunities to see science in action. The exposure of students at various levels to robotics is controversial sinc... View full abstract»

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  • STORMLab for STEM Education: An Affordable Modular Robotic Kit for Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):47 - 55
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    The demand for graduates in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) has steadily increased in recent decades. In the United States alone, jobs for biomedical engineers are expected to increase by 62% by 2020, and jobs in software development and medical science are expected to increase by 32% and 36%, respectively. Combined with an insufficient number of students enrolled in STEM fields,... View full abstract»

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  • Learning by Teaching a Robot: The Case of Handwriting

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):56 - 66
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    Thomas (all children's names have been changed) is five and a half years old and has been diagnosed with visuoconstructive deficits. He is under the care of an occupational therapist and tries to work around his inability to draw letters in a consistent manner. Vincent is six and struggles at school with his poor handwriting and even poorer self-confidence. Whereas Thomas is lively and always quic... View full abstract»

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  • Teaching Introductory Robotics Programming: Learning to Program with National Instruments' LabVIEW

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):67 - 73
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    This article considers strategies for teaching beginning students how to program mobile robots for autonomous operation. Many high school and beginning undergraduate students desire to learn about robotics, but they may lack the required knowledge. Experiences from an undergraduate course are described to illustrate the robot, its programming environment, software design, and algorithms, which fac... View full abstract»

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  • Science Class with RoboThespian: Using a Robot Teacher to Make Science Fun and Engage Students

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):74 - 80
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    There is growing interest in observing how interaction with a robot can enhance human learning. Recent studies of educational processes mediated by human-like robots (HLRs) focused mainly on individual learning with robot companions. This article presents a study of a science lesson mediated by the life-size humanoid robot, RoboThespian. Participants in the study were school groups from grades 5-7... View full abstract»

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  • An Innovative Educational Change: Massive Open Online Courses in Robotics and Robotic Vision

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):81 - 89
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    In this article, we discuss our experience in developing and implementing two massive open online courses (MOOCs) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia. The MOOCs, titled Introduction to Robotics and Robotic Vision, each ran for six weeks and comprised online lectures, assessments, programming exercises, and an optional robot-making or vision-system-creating project, re... View full abstract»

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  • Welcoming Our New SAC Members [Student's Corner]

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):90 - 92
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  • Call for 2017 Awards Nominations

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s): 93
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  • RAS for Disaster Risk Reduction [Society News]

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s): 94
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  • Connecticut RAS Chapter Develops and Engages Volunteers with Teen Robotics Workshop [Society News]

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):93 - 94
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  • Future of Robotics in Finland Seminar 2015 [Society News]

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):96 - 97
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  • Welcome to the New RAS Student Chapters [Society News]

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s): 98
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  • Announcing New RAS Senior Members [Society News]

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):98 - 100
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  • [Society News]

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s): 99
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  • Call for Nominations Associate Editors

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s): 101
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Aims & Scope

IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine is a unique technology publication which is peer-reviewed, readable and substantive.  The Magazine is a forum for articles which fall between the academic and theoretical orientation of scholarly journals and vendor sponsored trade publications.

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Meet Our Editors

Editor-in-Chief
Eugenio Guglielmelli
Laboratory of Biomedical Robotics
      and Biomicrosystems
Universita' Campus Bio-Medico
      di Roma