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KSU Urban Operation Lab and Vanderbilt Human Machine Teaming Lab: Single Human Multiple Robot Interface
 

Summary: KSU Urban Operation Lab and Vanderbilt Human Machine Teaming
Lab: Single Human Multiple Robot Interface
Summer Research Program For Engineering Undergraduate Students
Technical Report
August, 2008
Brian Okorn and Julie A. Adams
The Project
A team of semi-autonomous robots will be used by the Marines to search and defuse
improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during combat situations. This task is extremely
dangerous, making it an ideal task to be allocated to robots. The robots for this research
employ the Kansas State University (KSU) HuRT Laboratory's Organization Model for
Adaptive Complex Situation, OMACS, for task planning and team organization.
OMACS is implemented though KSU's Cooperative Robotics Organization Simulator.
Current robotic technology requires the human operator to interact with a single robot,
typically via teleoperation. While it is possible for a single human to teleoperate a small
number of robots simultaneously, it is not practical to teleoperate more than two or three
robots. Our goal is to permit a single human operator to supervise and control larger
team of semi-autonomous robots that include both ground and aerial robots. Decreasing
the robot to human ratio will be achieved by increasing the operator's awareness of the
broad situation while still allowing him or her to interact with each robot at an individual

  

Source: Adams, Julie A. - Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Vanderbilt University

 

Collections: Engineering; Computer Technologies and Information Sciences