Design of Robot Control Interfaces

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-12-C-0190
Agency Tracking Number: D12A-002-0011
Amount: $99,994.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: SB12A-002
Solicitation Number: 2012.A
Small Business Information
AnthroTronix, Inc.
8737 Colesville Rd, L203, Silver Spring, MD, -
DUNS: 128374548
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Corinna Lathan
 Board Chair and CEO
 (301) 495-0770
Business Contact
 Carl Pompei
Title: Executive Vice President and CFO
Phone: (301) 495-0770
Research Institution
 University of Southen California
 Maja Mataric
 Computer Science Department
3650 McClintock Ave, OHE 200
Los Angeles, CA, 90089-1450
 (213) 740-4520
 Nonprofit college or university
For humans and robots to effectively work together, they must share a common understanding of concepts defining the environment and the relationship of those concepts. In this proposal, we present an approach for dynamic interface creation which takes advantage of a robot-centric ontology. We first define a taxonomy based on perceptions and capabilities of the robot, as well as the input and output modalities. An ontology is then constructed to relate the robot concepts and provide a mapping to the modalities. This ontology can then be utilized by a decision-making component to dynamically adjust the interface based on the conditions of the operator, the environment, and the mission. We consider attributes such as cognitive load, fatigue, stress, and ease of use to quantify the potential interfaces. The goal is to develop a design science that includes a methodology for assessing the effectiveness of potential designs and prototype systems.

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