Degree Granting Department
Michael D. Coovert, Ph.D.
Robin R. Murphy, Ph.D.
Walter C. Borman, Ph.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.