Degree Granting Department
Coovert, Michael D.
rescue robotics, communication analysis, field research methods, technology, user studies
This study explores human-robot interaction during a 16-hour high-fidelity Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) disaster response drill with teleoperated robots. Situation awareness and team interaction were examined using communication analysis. Operators (n=5) sought assistance from team members to compensate for difficulties building or maintaining situation awareness. Operator-team member communication focused on relating what was seen through the robot's eye view with prior knowledge and planning search strategies. Results suggest operators need a new cognitive mental model to filter and comprehend data provided by the robot, and that robot-assisted search is a team task rather than an individual one.
USAR technical search teams need a new shared mental model of robot-assisted search in order to coordinate activities effectively.
Scholar Commons Citation
Burke, Jennifer L., "Moonlight in Miami: A field study of human-robot interaction in the context of an urban search and rescue disaster response training exercise" (2004). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.