Innovation in Experimental Education – Dr. Ferworn’s Human Robot Interaction Final Exercise

CPS813 students were tasked to navigate robots through a simulated crime scene for their final exam on April 18, 2017, Tuesday afternoon while trying to disable mock improvised explosive devices, draw maps and describe the area.

The exam was designed to test students on their coding ability, design and improvisation skills and the goal was to contribute to finding better ways to safely disarm or neutralize bombs.

The examination involved four groups of students wearing bomb suits and each had 15 minutes to guide an explosive disposal robot that carried a smaller robot up stairs or into an elevator.


Exam Instructions for Students

Exam Background Info

Media Advisory Notice

Media Coverage:

The Canadian Press article on the exam has already been picked up by about 30 outlets Canada-wide including CP24, The Toronto Star, Yahoo News, Inside Toronto and 680 News online. In addition, CTV News Toronto and CityNews were onsite for the media event and exam.
Dr. Ferworn also did a live interview about this with CBC Radio Here & Now at 4:20 pm.  
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Finally, Discovery Channel Daily Planet dedicated a segment regarding the exam.