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ThinkMind // ACHI 2012, The Fifth International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions // View article achi_2012_9_50_20237

Predicting Performance and Situation Awareness of Robot Operators in Complex Situations by Unit Task Tests

Tina Mioch
Nanja J. J. M. Smets
Mark A. Neerincx

Keywords: Human-robot cooperation; Performance evaluation

Human-in-the-loop field tests of human-robot operations in high-demand situations provide serious constraints with respect to costs and control. A set of relatively simple unit tasks might be used to do part of the testing and to establish a benchmark for human-robot performance and situation awareness. For an urban search and rescue ('tunnel accident') scenario, we selected and refined the corresponding unit tasks from a first version of a test battery. First responders (fire-men) conducted these unit tasks with a state-of-the-art robot and, subsequently, had to perform the 'tunnel accident' mission in a realistic field setting with the same robot. The 'Detect objects' unit task proved to partially predict operator's performance and the operator's collision awareness in the scenario. Individual differences, particularly age, had a major effect on performance and collision awareness in both the unit tasks and scenario.

Pages: 241 to 246

Copyright: Copyright (c) IARIA, 2012

Publication date: January 30, 2012

Published in: conference

ISSN: 2308-4138

ISBN: 978-1-61208-177-9

Location: Valencia, Spain

Dates: from January 30, 2012 to February 4, 2012

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