Teamwork in controlling multiple robots


Conference Paper

Simultaneously controlling increasing numbers of robots requires multiple operators working together as a team. Helping operators allocate attention among different robots and determining how to construct the human-robot team to promote performance and reduce workload are critical questions that must be answered in these settings. To this end, we investigated the effect of team structure and search guidance on operators' performance, subjective workload, work processes and communication. To investigate team structure in an urban search and rescue setting, we compared a pooled condition, in which team members shared control of 24 robots, with a sector condition, in which each team member control half of all the robots. For search guidance, a notification was given when the operator spent too much time on one robot and either suggested or forced the operator to change to another robot. A total of 48 participants completed the experiment with two persons forming one team. The results demonstrate that automated search guidance neither increased nor decreased performance. However, suggested search guidance decreased average task completion time in Sector teams. Search guidance also influenced operators' teleoperation behaviors. For team structure, pooled teams experienced lower subjective workload than sector teams. Pooled teams communicated more than sector teams, but sector teams teleoperated more than pool teams. © 2012 ACM.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gao, F; Cummings, ML; Bertuccelli, LF

Published Date

  • April 26, 2012

Published In

  • Hri'12 Proceedings of the 7th Annual Acm/Ieee International Conference on Human Robot Interaction

Start / End Page

  • 81 - 88

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781450310635

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1145/2157689.2157703

Citation Source

  • Scopus