“Learn with your body and feelings” is the heading of the workshop where you can see – and maybe try out – how eye tracking can help you to read better and experience robots as teaching assistants.

Robots as Teaching Assistants

We present the newly started project Robots As Teaching Assistants (RATA). The goal of the project is to use social robots as helpers in the university classroom.  In particular, the RATA project is a proof of concept study of robots teaching ethics to Engineering students at DTU. The robots will be based upon the HERA framework, hybrid ethical reasoning agents, for more info, see www.hera-project.com.  

The workshop also includes an interactive demo of two products that uses gaze tracking for learning technology. The first example is a gaze interactive building instruction for a LEGO model, which children control with eye- and head-movements. The application records pupil dilations that previous research has shown to correlate with mental task workload. This may allow designers of instruction material to identify the elements that are most difficult for a child to comprehend – or those that are not requiring enough.

The last example is an educational application that uses eye tracking to unveil and improve reading skills of students with reading challenges. EyeJustRead records voice and gaze data from reading sessions and the application gradually builds a deeper understand of the patterns and habits of each reader. Using big data analysis and machine learning this leads to very consistent student profiles, that will support teachers when evaluating, planning and conducting reading efforts with students.


“It’s no use closing your eyes to the changes. We need to constantly keep up and try to influence the process.”

Professor Jan Madsen, DTU Compute

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