Paper about NIFTi at Field & Service Robotics (FSR) 2012
If you would like to have more details on the kinds of systems NIFTi develops, how we develop them, and how we evaluate them, have a look at this paper which recently appeared at the 8th Int. Conf. on Field & Service Robotics in Sendai/Matsushima, Japan.
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, microcopter/UAVs), several humans at an off-site command post (mission commander, 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.
Link to the reference in the Publications section: [ REF ]
Link to the downloadable PDF: [ PDF ]