The goal of the NIMBUS work on human-robot interaction led by Dr. Brittany Duncan, is to understand how humans perceive, and interact with, individual robots (particularly small Unmanned Aerial Systems, or sUAS) in real-world interactions. This work is currently focused on investigating three areas that contribute to this understanding: distance-based interactions which uncover human perceptions and adaptations to vehicle design or operational characteristics, gestural communications which investigate the ability for non-anthropomorphic robots to communicate about their state and perception of the world through motion-based languages, and person-centered adaptations which adapt autonomy to qualities about a given individual to create more appropriate interactions. These problems all focus on allowing robots to adapt and interact with real people in real-world environments in order to allow the robotics research conducted by NIMBUS to create impact through adoption and deployment of our systems by diverse users. This work will lead to a future in which robotic systems are prevalent and safely interact more closely with people in their everyday lives.
Specifics on projects can be found at: