Design of Robot-Operator Interaction for Disaster Situations

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$99,426.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-12-C-0214
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
D12A-002-0079
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB12A-002
Solicitation Number:
2012.A
Small Business Information
100 Northeast Loop 410, Suite 520, San Antonio, TX, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
193786014
Principal Investigator:
Debra Schreckenghost
Senior Scientist
(281) 461-7886
schreck@traclabs.com
Business Contact:
David Kortenkamp
President
(281) 461-7886
korten@traclabs.com
Research Institution:
Texas A&M University
Heather Henry
OCS-TEES
300 TAMU
College Station, TX, 77843-3000
(979) 458-7617
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
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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