We are also currently researching human-robot cooperative navigation in conjunction with teams at Tufts University, University of Michigan, and Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center. A robotic wheelchair and two VGo Communications telepresence robots, Hugo and Margo, have been augmented to aid in this research. Margo's design has been replicated twice to make Tufts' Tobego and UMichigan's Largo.
We are investigating how people would like to interact with and instruct these robots, as well as what kinds of autonomous behaviors are needed. Focus groups have been run and found that users are interested in different access methods, personalization, and commands to the robot at a higher level (e.g. go to location, follow person, etc.)
This research has been funded in part by NSF (IIS-0905228, IIS-0546309). We would like to thank Dr. Chris Uhlik of Google, and Anybots and VGo Communications for loaning us prototype robots.
Katherine M. Tsui, Munjal Desai, and Holly A. Yanco. Towards Measuring the Quality of Interaction: Communication through Telepresence Robots. Proceedings of the Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems Workshop (PerMIS), College Park, Maryland, March 20-22, 2012.
Katherine M. Tsui, Adam Norton, Daniel Brooks, Holly A. Yanco, and David Kontak. Designing Telepresence Robot Systems for Use by People with Special Needs. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Quality of Life Technologies 2011: Intelligent Systems for Better Living, held in conjunction with RESNA 2011 as part of FICCDAT, Toronto, Canada, June 6-7, 2011.
Munjal Desai, Katherine M. Tsui, Holly A. Yanco, and Chris Uhlik. Essential Features of Telepresence Robots. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Practical Robot Applications, Woburn, MA, April 2011.
Katherine M. Tsui, Munjal Desai, Holly A. Yanco, and Chris Uhlik. Telepresence Robots Roam the Halls of My Office Building. Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Workshop on Social Robotic Telepresence, Lausanne, Switzerland, March 6-9, 2011.
Katherine M. Tsui, Munjal Desai, Holly A. Yanco, and Chris Uhlik. Exploring Use Cases for Telepresence Robots. Proceedings of the 6th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Lausanne, Switzerland, March 6-9, 2011.
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