Transnational project meetings
First transnational meeting, Skopje, Macedonia
ll project partners were present. The meeting was comprised of both getting introduced to administrative and other related issues and planning the activities related to executing the first intellectual output and the First Training Activity. Most of the partners knew each other from their previous collaborative endeavors as well as from working on the composition of the application for realization of this Project. The meeting was focused on the following subjects:
- brief presentation of the projects’ structure
- the main envisaged activities
- the budget planning, administrative issues and the important dates
- communication protocols
- production of the First Intellectual Output and the first Training Activity
- discussion on the country specifics, concerning children with autism and their families.
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Second transnational meeting, Zagreb, Croatia
Dr. Tatjana Zorcec presented the draft format of the Study with the results from the First Intellectual Output. Partners agreed on the time table on fine tuning of the report. Furthermore, partners were sorting out certain issues relevant for the administration of the project. Next, project coordinator presented the projects’ web site, as well as Facebook and LinkedIn page explaining the idea on how the pages should be kept up to date displaying the Project’s activities as they unveil.
Then, partners opened discussion on production of the Second Intellectual Output. For this purpose Mr. Bojan Ilijoski from the FINKI, Skopje presented the cloud model for depositing the data, and took an obligation to work on proposing a model for analysis of the obtained data. In the final part of this meeting partners talked about planning the next coordination meeting.
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Short-term joint staff training events, Hatfield, UK
In accordance with the main Project goals, the training event in Hatfield focused on:
a. Introduction of the participants with the genesis and present day situation with regards to the use of robot assistive technology in treating children with autism;
b. The genesis, software, and other technical functionalities of Kaspar;
c. Introduction with the experience of practitioners who are already working with robot assistive technology;
d. Up close introduction with the functionalities of the software package, the use of commands and the range of activities that could be attributed to the robot;
e. Hands-on programing exercises.
The training began with explaining the idea behind the use of assistive technology. Next, Dr. Robbins gave presentation on the technical functionalities of the robot including the structure of the body of the robot and the mechanics and motors used for provision of Kasper’s motions. Dr. Robbins made a reference to the name, type software used for programing Kaspar, pointing out to the specific design of the code built to allowing practitioners to create a variety of exercises that can be emulated by Kaspar. The participants enjoyed the opportunity of getting presentation on how Kaspar was actually made, In addition Dr. Robbins displayed a video presentation of the experiments and scientific efforts in the process of Kaspar’s creation.
The training continued with introduction to the actual trends in assistive technology.
Next, Dr. Robbins and Dr. Zorcec presented video’s and shared experiences from actual sessions with children with autism using Kaspar.
Next stage was consisted of teaching the practitioners on how to make a basic programing of Robot. At the final stage of the training, a discussion on the relation between the robot therapy and the complementary exercises for personal mobile devices took place. Finally, the participants took the opportunity to briefly discuss about the progress regarding the production of the first intellectual output.
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Working meeting Zagreb, Croatia (August, 2019)
An additional activity (compared to the activities declared in the project proposal) was carried out in August, when Dr. Ben Robbins and Dr. Tatjana Zorcec traveled to Zagreb to provide additional instructions for the project partners from Croatia with regards to improving their skills on how to program Kaspar.