Future of ShanghAI Lectures

Future of ShanghAI Lectures

Interest Group Board Entries

Tamas Haidegger's picture
4 years 6 months ago
 

Thanks a lot forthe great semester and for the whole series! We are interested to take part in the future...


Martin F. Stoelen's picture
4 years 6 months ago
 

Same here, thanks for everything, and I really think we as a community should keep it alive!


Nathan Labhart's picture
4 years 6 months ago
 

Thank you for your commitment. It would be fantastic if the "spirit" of the ShanghAI Lectures could live on in a more community-organized lecture series, now that the infrastructure is in place and all of us have gained a lot of experience and knowledge.


Tobias Klauser's picture
5 years 6 months ago
 

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).


Nathan Labhart's picture
5 years 6 months ago
 

Thanks a lot for your comments!
Regarding video chat: we looked at some tools that would allow webcam chat within the website, but last summer, when the website was programmed, they felt still too "experimental", so we decided against adding them. But who knows, maybe by the time the next ShanghAI Lectures start, these tools are more robust and reliable.
Could you imagine doing the exercises in a 3-D world, as avatars, with webcam support? We're currently looking at the landscape of open source virtual environments, and OpenQwaq looks quite promising: http://telexlr8.wordpress.com/openqwaq/


Tobias Klauser's picture
5 years 6 months ago
 

Yes, I guess the only ones (I know of) who got video chat for websites really working smoothly are Google with their Hangout on Google+.

OpenQwaq looks very nice and promising and it would even be nicer if it could somehow interact or be integrated with Webots so the exercises could still be some kind of robot simulation. I could easily imagine solving exercises in such an environment.

If you are seeking help in the evaluation and testing of such environments and I can be of any assistance, please let me know.


Nathan Labhart's picture
5 years 6 months ago
 

Thank you! I'll contact you once we need "guinea pigs" ;-)


Nathan Labhart's picture
5 years 6 months ago
 

In 2009 and 2010, we used a 3-D environment for exercises and discussions. This didn't work so well (mostly for technological reasons), so this year we chose the website to be the main "communication platform". 3-D environments have matured considerably, though, so how about having the ShanghAI Lectures 2012 completely in a virtual world?



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