Swiss R4L


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Day 0: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Demos and visit EPFL EPFL Campus, Lausanne
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Visit of EdTech Collider EPFL Campus
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Welcoming Session Hotel Victoria, Villars sur Ollon
7:30 pm Dinner  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

 9:00 am – 10:30 am Morning Session  
10:30 am – 10:50 am Coffee break  
10:50 am – 11:45 am Late Morning Session  
11:45 am – 12:45 pm Lunch  
 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Open Air Session  
 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Late Afternoon session  
 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Dinner  
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Night Session  

Friday, October 13, 2017

9:00 am – 10:30 am Early Morning Session  
10:30 am – 10:50 am Coffee break  
10:50 am – 12:00 pm Late Morning Session  
12:00 am – 12:30 pm Wrap-up and closing  
12:30 am – 1:30 pm Lunch  

Prepare your workshop

The workshop will be organised around 6 sections. Each sections will address a challenge in HRI for learners.

  1. Non-verbal interaction and verbal interaction: impact of gestures, verbal feedback etc.
  2. Kinesthetic learning vs other learning modalities: how does dynamic and tangible interaction influence the learner experience?
  3. Learning gain and applications: do we learn better/ more with robots? what influence the learning gain? what can we teach with a robot (limitation in the curricula)? How do we design the learning task?
  4. Autonomy and reasoning about learners knowledge: how to adapta, personalise learning?
  5. In the classroom or managing group of learners: how to cope with several learners? collaboration, robot facilitator?
  6. Engagement and motivation: how is engagement affecting learning? novelty effect.

In order to frame the discussion, we ask you to contribute by preparing 3 slides related to the theme of the session. You can present a point of view, an experiment, an algorithm …

You are welcome to send slides for several sessions.
Fill this form by October 9 in order for us to schedule the sessions :

We also plan to have a video/demo session. If you have a 5min video or a demo please take it with you.



The workshop will take place at the Hotel Victoria in Villars-sur-Ollon (aka, Villars, a Ski resort of the Vaud Canton).

Villars is situated on the other side of the Leman Lac from Geneva.
After enjoying the beautyful view of the lake on the way to Aigle by train, you will find a bus (144) that runs every 30min and drops you by the hotel.
The trains to Aigle are frequent and you can find direct inter-regional train from major Swiss cities : from Bern train station (2h30), from Geneva train station (1h20), Geneva airport (1h30). Lausanne (35 min).

You can purchase the train tickets at the train station or online:

We will probably start on October 11 around 6pm to finish on October 13 after lunch in order to give time to catch planes on the same day.
If you arrive early on the 11th, we also propose to stop by EPFL, Lausanne and to visit the CHILI lab (

This workshop was partly funded by the NCCR robotics part of the Swiss National Fund.


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