Human-Agent Teaming for Multi-Robot Control:A Literature Review

Report No. ARL-TR-6328
Authors: Jessie Y. C. Chen; Michael J. Barnes
Date/Pages: February 2013; 58 pages
Abstract: The literature on intelligent systems was reviewed in relation to the following: efficient human supervision of multiple robots; appropriate human trust in the automated systems; maintenance of human operator's situation awareness; individual differences in human-agent (H-A) interaction; and retention of human decision authority. A number of approaches, from flexible automation to autonomous agents, were reviewed and their advantages and disadvantages were discussed. Also discussed were two key human performance issues (trust and situation awareness) related to H-A teaming for multi-robot control and some promising user interface design solutions to address these issues. Some key individual differences factors (operator spatial ability, attentional control ability, and gaming experience) were identified that may impact H-A teaming in the context of robotics control.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: February 1, 2013