Document Type thesis Author Name Toris, Russell C Email Address rctoris at wpi.edu URN etd-100813-143754 Title Bringing Human-Robot Interaction Studies Online via the Robot Management System Degree MS Department Computer Science Advisors Sonia Chernova, Advisor Candace Sidner, Reader Craig Wills, Department Head Keywords crowdsourcing robotics HRI Date of Presentation/Defense 2013-10-08 Availability unrestricted
Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) is a rapidly expanding field of study that focuses on allowing non-roboticist users to naturally and effectively interact with robots. The importance of conducting extensive user studies has become a fundamental component of HRI research; however, due to the nature of robotics research, such studies often become expensive, time consuming, and limited to constrained demographics. This work presents the Robot Management System, a novel framework for bringing robotic experiments to the web. A detailed description of the open source system, an outline of new security measures, and a use case study of the RMS as a means of conducting user studies is presented. Using a series of navigation and manipulation tasks with a PR2 robot, three user study conditions are compared: users that are co-present with the robot, users that are recruited to the university lab but control the robot from a different room, and remote web-based users. The findings show little statistical differences between usability patterns across these groups, further supporting the use of web-based crowdsourcing techniques for certain types of HRI evaluations.
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