CEE Seminar: Dr. Joshua Peschel

Dr. Joshua Peschel from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign will be presenting The Rise of the Civil Robots.

Abstract: This talk will discuss the use of unmanned land, sea, and aerial systems for civil and environmental engineering with specific focus on the human-robot interaction necessary for these types of systems to be of practical use in the field. A new human-robot interface for ad hoc Mission Specialists that provides role-specific visual common ground and permits shared control of the robot’s payload camera and verbal coordination with the Pilot will be discussed. Results from field experiments with 26 ad hoc responders show that the new interface provides greater role empowerment and up to two times faster task completion for untrained users. Formative observations from the field studies suggest: i) establishing common ground is both verbal and visual, ii) type of coordination (active or passive) preferred by the Mission Specialist is affected by command-level experience and perceived responsibility for the robot, and iii) a separate Pilot role is necessary regardless of preferred coordination type. This research is of importance to human-robot interaction researchers and practitioners, as well as those in the fields of robotics, human-computer interaction, and artificial intelligence, because it found that a human Pilot role is necessary for assistance and understanding, and that there are hidden dependencies in the human-robot team that affect Mission Specialist performance. Additional future directions for this research will be discussed.

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Tech A230
2145 Sheridan Rd.
Evanston , IL
United States