Augmented Learning for Environmental Robotics Technologies (ALERT)

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Conference Proceedings
Authors: Biayna BogosianShahin VassighEric Peterson

Abstract: The increasing environmental concerns call for more sophisticated and integrated educational methods. For sustainable outcomes, understanding and navigating complex environmental factors is essential. By imparting knowledge about environmental data and its applications, students can be better prepared to address environmental issues.The "Augmented Learning for Environmental Robotics Technologies (ALERT)" program introduces an educational method using augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI). It provides students, particularly those in architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC), with an immersive learning experience focused on environmental data and robotics. Considering the significant environmental footprint of the AEC sector—emanating from energy-intensive buildings, roads, and infrastructures—the ALERT initiative strives to instill a comprehensive understanding of environmental data collection and visualization. This is done with the aim of promoting data-centric design and construction for a more eco-friendly built environment.In the ALERT program, AR is employed to fashion an augmented learning space where students can engage with both real-time and past environmental data. They learn to set up environmental sensors, collect data, and visualize it to unearth hidden trends and connections. Additionally, AI ensures a tailored learning journey for each student, offering optimal challenges and support. This innovative blend of AR and AI not only offers an enriching learning experience but also prepares AEC students to be at the forefront of transformative shifts, especially those influenced by advancements like robotic automation, fostering a profound understanding of environmental data.This paper outlines the preliminary stages of the ALERT project, detailing its foundational research. Topics include the educational theories guiding the creation of a groundbreaking Intelligent Learning System (ILS) and curriculum, as well as the projected impact of the program. ALERT emerges as a promising venture, potentially empowering students with the expertise to reduce the ecological footprint of infrastructure, paving the way for a greener future.

Keywords: Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Immersive Learning, Environmental Robotics, Environmental Data

DOI: 10.54941/ahfe1004407

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