WORKSHOP: Human-computer confluence in education

Human-computer confluence in education

Nowadays, groundbreaking technologies like social robotics and immersive environments are probably going to revolutionize education across the world.

Europe needs to act fast to create safe, inclusive immersive learning environments. These technologies hold immense potential for science and education enhancing real-world skills in virtual and hybrid settings.

Join STOA’s workshop to demystify terms like virtual reality (VR), extended reality (XR) or Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS). Explore the opportunities and challenges they bring to humans, from privacy and ethics to psychology and perception.

The event will be web-streamed, at the following link:

*The event will be held in English, with interpretation in FR.

The draft agenda is below and more information about the project can be found on their website.

15.00 - 15.05


Ivo HRISTOV MEP, Vice-Chair of the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA)

15.05 - 15.10 

Introduction by the moderator

Matthew DENNIS, Assistant Professor, Ethics of Technology, University of Eindhoven

15.10 - 15.35

Co-evolution of human capabilities and intelligent technologies in the 21st century

Sanna JÄRVELÄ, Professor, Department of Educational Sciences and Teacher Education, Learning and Educational Technology Research Lab, University of Oulu

15:35 -16:50

The use of new digital technologies in education:

  1. New ethical frontiers opened by virtual reality
  2. Cognitive health challenges of AR/VR/XR use
  3. New technologies like VR/XR and robotics and students creativity
  4. New emerging technologies and trends in digital education
  1. Matthew DENNIS, Assistant Professor, Ethics of Technology Department, Eindhoven University of Technology
  2. Wijnand IJSSELSTEIJN, Professor of Cognition and Affect in Human-Technology Interaction, Eindhoven University of Technology
  3. Frederic FOL LEYMARIE, Professor at Computing Department, Goldsmiths, University of London
  4. Romina CACHIA, Researcher, European Commission Joint Research Centre



16.50 - 16.55

Presentation of the on-site VR experiences

Carine DE POTTER, Medical XR Consultant, Researcher, Cerdecam

16:55 - 17:00

Closing remarks

Ivo HRISTOV, MEP and STOA Vice-Chair

17:00 - 18:00

On-site VR experiences (in front of the meeting room)