Task Assessment, evaluation, and development of methodologies, metrics, and tools available for use in multi-agent (human and robotic) teaming (Completed)
Last Published:  07/31/19 10:05:33 AM (Central)
Short Title: HRI Evaluation
Responsible HRP Element: Space Human Factors and Habitability
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Funding Status: Completed - Task completed and produced a deliverable
Procurement Mechanism(s):
This work focuses on understanding of how display and control characteristics, specifically those related to guidance and feedback, affect operator performance. The overarching goals are to improve interface usability, reduce operator error, and produce candidate design guidelines for effective human-robot interaction.

  1. Studies in the area of Video Overlays focus on understanding the effects of augmented reality (AR) as operators conduct teleoperation. For navigational guidance, participants’ performance during teleoperation of a robot arm will be compared when they are provided with command-guidance symbology (i.e., directing the operator what commands to make) or situation-guidance symbology (i.e., providing natural cues so that the operator can infer what commands to make). The second study will investigate the effect of overlays that are either superimposed or integrated into the external view of the world. Finally, a third study will investigate the use of overlays in visually degraded environmental conditions, such as in a dust storm or under poor lighting.
  2. Studies in the area of Camera Views focus on understanding the effect of views on operators’ task performance as they teleoperate a robot on path-following and maze traversals. One study will investigate the effects of including and excluding the robot’s chassis within the video feed presented to operators. Another study will investigate the effects of the addition of an exocentric camera frame of reference to egocentric frames of reference on operator task performance for these same tasks.

Integration/Unique Aspects:
Exploration Technology Directorate (Intelligent Robotics Group)
This research presents a unique opportunity to create an integrated community between Engineering and the Mission Operations Directorate, acting as a bridge between the organizations.