Design of Robot-Operator Interaction for Disaster Situations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-12-C-0214
Agency Tracking Number: D12A-002-0079
Amount: $99,426.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: SB12A-002
Solicitation Number: 2012.A
Small Business Information
100 Northeast Loop 410, Suite 520, San Antonio, TX, -
DUNS: 193786014
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Debra Schreckenghost
 Senior Scientist
 (281) 461-7886
Business Contact
 David Kortenkamp
Title: President
Phone: (281) 461-7886
Research Institution
 Texas A&M University
 Heather Henry
300 TAMU
College Station, TX, 77843-3000
 (979) 458-7617
 Nonprofit college or university
Currently Unmanned Ground Vehicles are teleoperated, requiring operators to be both vigilant and fully engaged throughout the operation. While increasing the level of autonomy of UGVs potentially reduces both the workload and cognitive load on operators, realizing the promise of autonomy is difficult in deployment. Remote operation of UGVs is subject to unreliable communication and mobility challenges similar to robot operations in other real-world operations such as disaster response. Achieving full autonomy in the face of these challenges is both a hard technical problem and does not take advantage of valuable human capability. This project proposes to address these challenges by developing principles and techniques for the design of robot operator interfaces for disaster situations. The proposed tools for improved robot-operator interaction combine techniques for improved interface design with flexible task sharing and information exchange between operators and robots. Improvement is demonstrated in disaster scenarios using a combination of performance measures.

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