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Ole Caprani – 50 years from numerical analysis to robots

Congratulations to Ole Caprani on his 50th anniversary at Aarhus University on May 1, 2024. This anniversary marks not only a distinguished career but also a life dedicated to spread computer science to a wider audience through his active participation in the department’s outreach work, his LEGO lab, and the Danish Robot Olympiad.

Over the past 50 years, Ole has delved into the complex world of computer science with a passion and curiosity that has been a source of inspiration for many. Ole has supervised over 100 thesis students at the department, and his dedicated teaching has inspired and shaped new generations of computer science students, all benefiting from his expertise, patience, and ability to communicate complex topics in an understandable manner.

"Ole is an excellent teacher and communicator who manages to share his knowledge and generate interest in both computer science and robots across all age groups. This was recognized internationally in 2014 when he received the 'eSkills Award for Outstanding use of ICT for Teaching' at a conference in Rome. The award was given in recognition of his great work in inspiring and motivating thousands of children, university students, and teachers both nationally and internationally. We are fortunate to still have him as part of the department," says head of department Kaj Grønbæk.

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But it's not just students at Aarhus University who have benefited from Ole's knowledge and excellent communication skills. For decades, he has been dedicated to disseminating knowledge about computer science to high school and primary school classes in an inspiring and understandable way. Ole has conducted numerous workshops and presentations on topics such as robots, programming, and autonomous vehicles—both at the department and Folkeuniversitetet.

Ole has also played a central role in the Danish Robot Olympiad as one of the initiators and driving forces behind the event. He has helped organize the event and contributed to the development of its concept and purpose. He has also designed many competitions and tasks that challenge students' skills in robotics and programming. Through his work with the Robot Olympiad, Ole has helped promote interest and engagement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and has contributed to strengthening participants' technical and problem-solving skills.

Congratulations on your anniversary, Ole—and thank you for everything you have done for the Department of Computer Science and Aarhus University.