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A Picture-in-Picture Interface for a Multiple Robot System Andrew M. Pitman, Curtis M. Humphrey, Julie A. Adams
 

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A Picture-in-Picture Interface for a Multiple Robot System
Andrew M. Pitman, Curtis M. Humphrey, Julie A. Adams
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee USA 37235
An exciting possibility is that robot teams may be deployed in the future to assist in Chemical, Biological,
Nuclear, Radiological, and Explosive (CBNRE) situations. As such, the human-robotic interface that people
use to control these robot teams must be near-ideal. The interface must provide for what Drury et al. call
situational awareness (Drury et al., 2003). Previous studies have shown the importance of situational
awareness when one person controls multiple robots (Humphrey et al., 2007). This paper describes the
development of an interface that used picture-in-picture functionality that may improve the situational
awareness when controlling multiple robots. The new interface utilized the University of Pittsburgh and
Carnegie Mellon University's Urban Search And Rescue Simulation (USARSim) and its MultiView object
(Wang et al., 2005) to add a bird's-eye view of the simulation in the grey halo area from the previous
interface (Humphrey et al., 2007).
INTRODUCTION
Controlling multiple robots is a difficult task
when assigned to one person. Often, a ratio of two
or more operator(s) to one robot is used to

  

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

 

Collections: Engineering; Computer Technologies and Information Sciences