Intelligent Classroom

A student-oriented and educator-friendly “Intelligent Classroom”, that aims to support students in their journey to acquiring knowledge.

The “Intelligent Classroom” is a simulation space located within the AmI Facility, which provides an ideal testbed for assessing the effects of intelligent technologies on key aspects of the educational process. The hardware facilities of the classroom environment include both commercial equipment and technologically augmented custom-made objects:

  • modDesk: the Intelligent Student Desk, featuring a modular design, where customizable surfaces could be added or removed on demand to support the specific and different needs of each course. For example, during the chemistry course the student can utilize a surface featuring equipment appropriate for chemical experiments such as smart flasks, test tubes, scales, a Bunsen burner and other basic accessories.
  • CognitOS Board: the “Intelligent Classroom Board” – a wall-to-wall projected Interactive board – which takes advantage of the facilities offered by the intelligent environment and the amenities stemming from its large dimensions (wall-size), in order to enhance educational activities and provide new educator- and student- oriented experiences.
  • Lector Podium: a comfortable workstation, namely an arm-chair with two embedded tablets and a variety of sensors, aiming to assist educators during their mission of disseminating knowledge. The tablets host various applications that permit educators to access educational material, get a general overview of the class, and monitor student attention in a seamless and unobtrusive manner. Hidden LED lights permit educators to light-up the chair using color indicating various situations (e.g. lights of orange color indicate that students are expected to submit their assignments). Additionally, a force resistive sensor allows the environment to know whether someone is seated in the arm-chair, while embedded microphones support voice recognition, and directional speakers enable the delivery of sound notifications targeting the educator.

Sophisticated software transforms the environment into a smart ecosystem that evolves around the needs of its users and acts in an appropriate manner when deemed necessary:

  • LECTOR: a framework responsible for: (i) monitoring human behaviour inside an Intelligent Classroom, (ii) detecting problematic situations, and (iii) intervene appropriately to each situation. In more details, LECTOR – in conjunction with the AmI technologies of the Intelligent Classroom – observes student attention levels during lectures (SENSE) in order to identify possible inattentive behaviours (THINK), and provides situationally appropriate interventions to support both students and educators in the learning process (ACT).
  • CognitOS: a web-based window manager that hosts educational applications and instantiates a common Look ‘n’ Feel across the various classroom artifacts, thus transforming the classroom into a unified environment rather than a group of isolated units. When deemed necessary by the LECTOR framework, CognitOS acts as an intervention host aiming to (i) draw the educator’s attention on problematic situations and (ii) re-engage distracted or unmotivated students in the educational process.

Publications

Prinianakis, A., Stefanidi, H., Leonidis, A., Korozi, M., Katzourakis, A., Stamatakis, E. and Antona, M. (2021). An Intelligent Modular Student Desk. 15th International Technology, Education and Development Conference

Nikitakis, G., Ntagianta, A., Korozi, M., Leonidis, A., Antona, M., Stephanidis, C. (2020). The CongitOS Classboard: Supporting the teacher in the Intelligent Classroom. 14th annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference, At Valencia

Stefanidi, E., Korozi, M., Leonidis, A., Antona, M., & Papagiannakis, G. (2020). The LECTOR Podium – An innovative Teacher Workstation for the intelligent Classroom of the Future. In the Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Education Technology and Computers (ICETC 2020), London, UK, 23-26 October 2020.

Leonidis, A., Korozi, M., Nikitakis, G., Ntagianta, A., Dimopoulos, A., Zidianakis, E., Stephanidi, E. & Antona, M. (2020). CognitOS Board: A Wall-Sized Board to Support Presentations in Intelligent Environments. Technologies 2020, 8(4), 66

Korozi, M., Stefanidi, E., Samaritaki, G., Prinianakis, A., Katzourakis, A., Leonidis, A., & Antona, M. (2019). Shaping the Intelligent Classroom of the Future. In International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (pp. 200-212). Springer, Cham. Vancouver

Ntagianta, A., Korozi, M., Leonidis, A., Antona, M., & Stephanidis, C. (2018). CognitOS: A Student- Centric Working Environment for an Attention-Aware Intelligent Classroom. In C. Stephanidis (Ed.), HCI International 2018 - Posters Extended Abstracts, Part II, Volume 29 of the combined Proceedings of HCI International 2018 (20th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction), Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 15-20 July (pp. 102-110). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG (CCIS 852).

Ntagianta, A., Korozi, M., Leonidis, A., & Stephanidis, C. (2018). A Unified Working Environment for the Attention-aware Intelligent Classroom. In L. Gómez Chova, A. López Martínez, I. Candel Torres (Eds), Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN18), Palma, Spain, 2-4 July (pp. 4377-4387). Published by IATED Academy.

Stefanidi, E., Korozi, M., Leonidis, A., Doulgeraki, M., & Antona, M. (2018). Educator-Oriented Tools for Managing the Attention-Aware Intelligent Classroom. In the Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Mobile, Hybrid, and On-line Learning (eLmL 2018), Rome, Italy, 25-29 March 2018 (pp. 72-77). IARIA.

Korozi, M., Antona, M., Ntagianta, A., Leonidis, A., & Stephanidis, C. (2017). LECTORstudio: creating inattention alarms and interventions to reengage the students in the educational process. In Proceedings of the 10th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation.

Korozi, M., Leonidis, A., Antona, M., & Stephanidis, C. (2017). LECTOR: towards reengaging students in the educational process inside smart classrooms. In International Conference on Intelligent Human Computer Interaction (pp. 137-149). Springer, Cham.