|4 December 2015|

Robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) are technologies that have proved “it’s not difficult to replace a teacher with a machine,” according to a leading international academic.

Toby Walsh, a professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales, is speaking at OEB 2015 today, a conference in Berlin on technology supported learning and training.

AI and robotics are in the spotlight at this year’s event, which has attracted participants from over 90 countries. World-renowned industry experts will demonstrate and discuss the opportunities presented by these fast-evolving technologies – and their implications.

“We’re seeing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and intelligent tutoring systems all start to replace some aspects of teaching,” explains Toby, keynote speaker at OEB 2015 (Friday, December 4). He says that in “well-defined domains like maths”, it is already possible to bring AI, in the form of tutoring systems, into the classroom.

Researchers and developers are experimenting with how it can be used in artistic contexts such as music and dance. On OEB’s Spotlight Stage, which will play host to creative thinkers and innovators, AI pioneer Dr Luc Steels of the Vrije Universiteit Brussels presented the results of a three-year project in which he created a ‘smarter’ MOOC for learning music using artificial intelligence.