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NIFTi is about human-robot cooperation. About teams of robots and humans doing tasks together, interacting together to try and reach a shared goal. NIFTi looks at how the robot could bear the human in mind. Literally. When determining what to do or say next in human-robot interaction; when, and how. NIFTi puts the human factor into cognitive robots, and human-robot team interaction in particular.   Each year, NIFTi evaluates its systems together with several USAR organizations. Rescue personnel teams up with NIFTi robots to carry out realistic missions, in real-life training areas. 
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NIFTi end users meeting on use cases and scenarios

TNO, DFKI and FDDO met in Dortmund to discuss use cases. Given typical missions for FDDO and CNVF, the goal was to define use cases that scale in complexity similarly to the NIST USAR standards, but that at the same time illustrate real-life scenarios that can be tested in the training areas NIFTi has access to.

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TNO, DFKI and FDDO met in Dortmund April 19-20 2010 to discuss use cases. Given typical missions for FDDO [see here and here] and CNVF [see here], the goal was to define use cases for NIFTi. These use cases define the functionality we aim for, and what success criteria should be met. They deal with the interaction between human operators and the rover/flyer team, variation in autonomy, and terrain complexity.

The point of the use cases is that they should scale in complexity similarly to the NIST USAR reference test arenas, but at the same time illustrate real-life scenarios that can be tested in the training areas NIFTi has access to. As a result, we are currently looking at use cases that deal with joint exploration in missions set in wide areas such as industrial complexes or railway yards, or small areas like houses. 

A next round of discussions set for mid May involves all project partners and end user organizations, to consolidate the use cases, and the platform design.

 

NIFTi is an IP funded by the EU FP7 ICT programme, ICT-247870 (Cognitive Systems & Robotics unit). Project Officer: Olivier da Costa. Coordinator: Geert-Jan M. Kruijff (DFKI GmbH; gj@dfki.de)

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