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Children’s academy spotlights robots

A lecture at children’s academy in April will introduce the audience to the world of robots. The lecture will be given by Joni Kämäräinen, who works for the goal of harnessing better robots for human use.

Children and robots

 

Kids learn about robots at children's academy lecture in April.

 

Joni Kämäräinen’s research area at Tampere University of Technology involves such contemplations as how to give ‘eyes’ to robots.

“Robots need a vision system. After that, they’ll be able to win the world championship in soccer, for example,” he notes.

Even today, robots are able to interact with each other, and some robots are already used for assistance to the elderly. In fact, Joni believes that domestic robots will be a mundane phenomenon by the time the participants of the academy complete their matriculation exams or enter working life.

Kämäräinen also aspires to teach stuff to robots. How much fun would it be to tell a robot in the morning to water the plants and vacuum the home while I’m at work!

Lecture (in Finnish): Robots in 2016 and in the future

  • Date and time: Saturday, 9 April 2016, 12 noon–1 pm
  • Location: University of Tampere, Pinni B building, Auditorium 1100
  • Children aged 7–10 are free to participate in children’s academy.
  • No advance enrolment required. The lectures are only intended for children.
 

Children’s academy inspires children to explore

The idea behind children’s academy is to use interesting topics to encourage children to question, find answers and do research. The children will become familiar with the question setting of different disciplines and with scientific solutions.

Children’s academy has been launched by the University of Tampere, Tampere University of Technology, the LUMATE Centre and the cultural and museum services of the City of Tampere at the beginning of 2016.

During the first children’s academy lecture, the audience was introduced to soundscape research. The lecture was given in conjunction with the ‘Light into Darkness’ science event in January.

Photo: Jonne Renvall / University of Tampere

 
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