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Human-robot interaction for field operation of an autonomous helicopter
Author(s): Henry L. Jones; Eric W. Frew; Bruce R. Woodley; Stephen M. Rock
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Paper Abstract

The robustness of autonomous robotic systems to unanticipated circumstances is typically insufficient for use in the field. The many skills of a human user often fill this gap in robotic capability. To incorporate the human into the system, a useful interaction between man and machine must exist. This interaction should enable useful communication to be exchanged in a natural way between human and robot on a variety of levels. This paper describes the current human-robot interaction of the Stanford HUMMINGBIRD autonomous helicopter. In particular, the paper discuses the elements of the system that enable multiple levels of communication. An intelligent system agent manages the different inputs given to the helicopter. An advanced user interface gives the user and helicopter a method for exchanging useful information. Using this human-robot interaction, the HUMMINGBIRD has carried out various autonomous search, tracking, and retrieval missions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 January 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3525, Mobile Robots XIII and Intelligent Transportation Systems, (8 January 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.335703
Show Author Affiliations
Henry L. Jones, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Eric W. Frew, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Bruce R. Woodley, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Stephen M. Rock, Stanford Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3525:
Mobile Robots XIII and Intelligent Transportation Systems
Howie M. Choset; Pushkin Kachroo; Mikhail A. Kourjanski; Douglas W. Gage; Pushkin Kachroo; Marten J. de Vries; Mikhail A. Kourjanski; Marten J. de Vries, Editor(s)

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