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Accession Number ADA562448
Title Robotic Telepresence: Perception, Performance, and User Experience.
Publication Date Feb 2012
Media Count 130p
Personal Author C. Jansen E. S. Redden L. R. Elliott R. A. Pettitt
Abstract Two experiments examined the effectiveness of telepresence features during indoor and outdoor beyond-line-of-sight robot reconnaissance missions. In the first experiment, Soldier participants controlled a reconnaissance robot with two controllers developed by TNO Human Factors: one with and one without telepresence capabilities. Telepresence capabilities included a stereo visual display and a head-mounted camera that was guided by operator head movements. Soldiers performed equivalent search and identification tasks with each controller interface. Measures included indices of performance (e.g., time, accuracy), workload, situation awareness, and user-based ratings and feedback. Results from the first experiment indicated that while Soldiers preferred the telepresence system, performance outcomes were similar in both conditions. The second experiment was based on more challenging task demands and investigated the additional contribution of three-dimensional (3-D) audio capability for audio-based localization tasks. Results indicated that the 3-D audio combined with the head-track camera control enhanced audio-based search tasks. Feedback from Soldiers was overall positive. Suggestions for improvement included a more lightweight portable system, higher visual clarity, and enhanced ease of use.
Keywords Army personnel
Camera mounts
Flexible display
Forearm display
Robot navigation
Robot performance
Situational awareness
Soldier performance
Visual aids
Wearable display

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 95F - Bionics & Artificial Intelligence
62 - Computers, Control & Information Theory
74F - Military Intelligence
Corporate Author Army Research Lab., Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. Human Research and Engineering Directorate.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final rept. 1 Jan 2010-1 Jan 2012.
NTIS Issue Number 1225
Contract Number N/A

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