Thursday 1st December, 2011
5:30pm to 7:00pm
Mobile tele-presence (Avatar): A device that represents the operator so that one sees, hears, speaks, and can physically move one’s virtual self in local environments without being corporally present.
Mike Clark (goes by Clark) will present his research in using mobile tele-presence for education. He will describe several variations of immersing a tele-operated mobile platform in an on-campus and its equivalent, off-campus class. The same mobile tele-presence device was applied across several university departments and settings that explored capabilities and acceptance. This provided a diverse population of over a hundred participants; from multi-campus professors and university staff to middle and high school students. Then over the summer Clark and his robot presented a paper at the 27th Annual Teaching Conference in Madison WI. This platform provides optimism for educational avatars, especially as their underlying core technologies in streaming video, voice, mobile bandwidth, and software architecture improve. These issues are addressed throughout the presentation along with insights on technology limitations.
Clark is an adjunct faculty member at CMU’s Institute for Software Research. He has degrees in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Technical Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Ocean Engineering from FIT. He has been a technical consultant on projects as diverse as designing stealth NATO ships to working directly with Special Ops on the ocean floor. Clark teaches graduates courses in Contextual Design Methods, Real Time Systems, and Software Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for Software Research.
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