Experience in System Design for Human-Robot Teaming in Urban Search & Rescue

Geert-Jan Kruijff, Miroslav Janicek, Shanker Keshavdas, Benoit Larochelle, Hendrik Zender, N.J.J.M. Smets, T. Mioch, M.A. Neerincx, J. van Diggelen, F. Colas, M. Liu, F. Pomerleau, R. Siegwart, V. Hlavac, T. Svoboda, T. Petrıcek, M. Reinstein, K. Zimmermann, F. Pirri, M. Gianni, P. Papadakis, A. Sinha, P. Balmer, N. Tomatis, R. Worst, T. Linder, H. Surmann, V. Tretyakov, S. Corrao, S. Pratzler-Wanczura, M. Sulk

In: Proceedings of 8th International Conference on Field and Service Robotics. International Conference on Field and Service Robotics (FSR-2012) July 16-19 Japan STAR Spring Verlag 2012.


The paper describes experience with applying a user-centric design methodology in developing systems for human-robot teaming in Urban Search & Rescue. A human-robot team consists of several semi-autonomous robots (rovers/UGVs, mi- crocopter/UAVs), several humans at an off-site command post (mission comman- der, UGV operators) and one on-site human (UAV operator). This system has been developed in close cooperation with several rescue organizations, and has been deployed in a real-life tunnel accident use case. The human-robot team jointly explores an accident site, communicating using a multi-modal team interface, and spoken dialogue. The paper describes the development of this complex socio-technical system per se, as well as recent experience in evaluating the performance of this system.


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