I am honoured to announce that I have been promoted to the rank of Full Professor in Mechatronics at UiA - University of Agder.
I would like to thank all my colleagues and students that contributed to this achievement. I am also very grateful to my family and friends!
This journey started at Università degli Studi di Catania and Ulster University (BSc), next Università degli Studi di Siena and University of Hamburg (MSc), then NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology (PhD).
I am looking forward to the years ahead with more collaborative robotics research and education.
Today, we had the opportunity to present the latest results of AugmentedWearEdu at the Digital Skills for Education & Culture Workshop. Thank you to all the team!
The main objective of AugmentedWearEdu is to introduce a novel framework for e-Learning consisting of including haptic experiences to enable digital access to laboratories in higher education. This will be achieved by combining both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) tools with a novel generation of wearable haptic devices. This will make it possible to engage students in a hapto-audio-visual hands-on laboratory environment. In this project, we will evaluate which of the available haptic technologies are suitable for e-Lerning and may foster the students’ ability to create complex simulations using existing or in-world modelling techniques and scripting tools, while offering the functionality to link to the real world and capture data which can be visualised in real-time. Haptics, VR and AR tools will be adopted either from our ongoing research activity or from various low-cost commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) tools. In this way, an innovative educational and research loop will also be established. This approach will contribute towards the achievement of fully-immersive, open and distance laboratory learning.
Our PhD Fellow, Saishashank Balaji, delivered his talk at the PhD Forum, University of Agder (UiA), Norway.
It is very engaging and motivating to see the progress about engineering touch.
Looking forward to the next steps and to collaborate with all our partners.