Task Sensory Manipulation as a Countermeasure to Robot Teleoperation Delays
Last Published:  07/30/21 01:05:34 PM (Central)
Short Title: Sensory Manipulation CM (Du)
Responsible HRP Element: Human Factors and Behavioral Performance
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Funding Status: Active - Currently funded and in progress
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  • Aim 1: Perform human-subject experiments to quantify how modified haptic stimulation expedites operator’s adaptation to varying delays in teleoperations. The haptic simulation refers to reproducing the contact dynamics of the remote robotic system (e.g., resistance, torque, and nominal weight etc.) for operator via haptic devices. Note, the haptic simulation will be modified (in terms of timing and modes) to search for strategies for minimizing the subjective feeling of delays (primary outcome measure), ensuring accelerated adaptation to delays (secondary outcome measure), and ultimately, improving teleoperation performance (success metrics). This aim will test the central hypothesis and contribute to the HRI design guidelines for mitigating cognitive impacts of delays.

  • Aim 2: Predict the short-term and long-term benefits and risks to the operators’ functions based on neurobehavioral evidence. Neuroimaging data based on electroencephalography (EEG) and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), motion data, and performance data will be acquired to build a predictive model of human sensorimotor adaptation and performance with sensory manipulation in teleoperation tasks. This aim will fill the gaps of the lack of human models for risk and opportunity assessment with different teleoperation methods.

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