Date(s) - 29 Jan 2018
1:10 PM - 2:00 PM
3043 ECpE Building Addition
Speaker: Joshua Peschel, Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University
Title: Human-Robot Interaction in Unmanned Systems
Abstract: This talk will discuss the use of unmanned land, sea, and aerial systems with specific focus on the human-robot interaction necessary for these types of platforms to be of practical use in the field. Human-robot interfaces for ad hoc Mission Specialists that provide role-specific visual common ground and permit shared control of the robot’s payload and verbal coordination with a Pilot will be discussed. This work is of importance to human-robot interaction researchers and practitioners, as well as those in the fields of robotics, human-computer interaction, and artificial intelligence, because it found that a human Pilot role is necessary for assistance and understanding, and that there are hidden dependencies in the human-robot team that affect Mission Specialist performance. Additional future directions for this research will be discussed.
Bio: Dr. Joshua Peschel is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and Black & Veatch Faculty Fellow at Iowa State University. He conducts research in the area he has founded called Human-Infrastructure Interaction, which focuses on the understanding, design, and evaluation of co-evolving smart sustainable and resilient infrastructure systems. Dr. Peschel broadly defines infrastructure to include agricultural, natural, and urban environments, and his work necessarily involves creating new technologies, data sets, and computational models for sensing and sensemaking in these three different types of often interconnected systems. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and a number of private industry partners. Dr. Peschel is also Founder and CEO of Senformatics LLC, which provides robot-assisted solutions for data-driven decision management.