Cross-post from the "UZH AI Lab" Facebook Group:
I really like the idea and the 'groove' of the international video conference lectures and would love to see this extended. Maybe in addition to the lectures, one could have something like a seminar via video conference but among a smaller group of people (e.g. 2 or 3 sites together, depending on the number of people participating and maybe not weekly but every month). Of course I see that this implies an even larger organizational and technical effort...
It would also be nice if the exercises were a bit more interactive. Communication over the website isn't particularly realtime and interactive (except for the chat of course, but that is text only). It would be nice if the exercises in webots could (and should) somehow be solved collectively together at the same time (I don't think webots supports this, but maybe via some sort of desktop sharing). Also some video chat function for the groups would IMO be benefitial for that (of course the groups are free to use e.g. skype, but I think it would encourage them to actually make use of these tools if they were 'officially' provided).
And last but not least, I really liked the guest lectures as they provided a good overview of what people are working on in other parts of the field of embodied AI (or even outside the field) and broadened the view beyond the subjects covered in the lectures and some were really a great source of inspiration (at least for me).
What I'm trying to say with all the above in essence is that the 'spirit' of the video conference lectures (direct, realtime interaction with people from different countries with different research/education backgrounds) wasn't present that much in the exercises (at least as I experienced it).
As I took part in the lectures as a student and for the first time, my view is probably very limited and narrow. Of course I'll also make sure to mention the above in the feedback form for the lecture (if there will be something like that).