About

 

Utelias develops AI powered solutions for learning. Our mission is to make people communicate better with the help of social robots and artificial intelligence.

Our first innovation is Elias - the robot that helps to learn foreign language speaking. It looks just like an ordinary NAO robot, but the heart and brain of Elias is the robot behavior developed by Utelias. The behavior makes it understand students’ needs and interact with them in a way that promotes learning. 

Elias has an own mobile app that can be used to learn languages even without the robot. Utelias takes learning to a whole new dimension and makes it possible to learn 21st century skills in a fun and personalized way! 

 
Language learning with Elias provides wide range of opportunities: students can practice real-life situations with the robot and learn to speak in their own pace.
— Teacher, Helsinki
Positive experience. Language lessons with Elias are effective and fun! The robot also helps to support students with learning disabilities.
— Teacher, Espoo

Team 

 

Utelias team consists of highly skilled, dedicated individuals who together bring many years of experience from various areas of the L2 teaching, social and development psychology,  sociology, robotics, commercialization of innovations, the software industry and business management. Our mission is to give children the necessary skills to have a successful life in the 21st century and make people communicate better with the help of social robots and AI.  


 
 

Pedagogy

 

Learning in communication

“You learn to speak by speaking”. So said Anatole France, a French poet and journalist. There are a lot of apps and tools that help to learn or improve vocabulary in a particular language, but almost nothing for learning to speak.

Elias encourages to practice speaking from the early stage of language learning. Learning with the robot reduces the fear of making mistakes and makes learning more relaxed and fun. Elias helps students in their own pace with the help of pictures, gestures and repetition. It is able to customize the content suitable for each learners’ level. Students can track their progress via Elias mobile app.

People are moving from language area to another more than ever before. Learning with Elias is suitable for people of all ages, also for adults who want to learn to know new languages and cultures. The pedagogical content of Elias is based on real-life communicational situations, not only language but cultural habits and customs.

 

The 21st century skills

The 21st century skills are a set of abilities that students need to develop in order to succeed in the information age. So called ‘hard skills’ are easy to define, for example reading, writing, using math concepts and programming computers. Soft skills are very difficult to measure, even though they are essential for living good life. We don’t know for sure what skills our kids need in twenty years. Technological advances are changing the world and skills needed. However, we can be sure that soft skills are going to be applicable no matter what happens in the future.

There are skills that can be learnt only in communication, but are difficult to practice with other people - speaking foreign languages, beating stage fright or saying no to bullies. This is where Elias can help! He helps to practice communication skills in safe and positive way. With Elias students don’t have to be afraid of making mistakes. Elias adapts to learners pace of learning and he doesn’t get tired of listening and repeating. Elias can really make learning fun and entertaining. Fun and playfulness improve learning results, engage students in the learning process, enhance problem-solving skills and strengthen the interaction.