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Author NameToris, Russell C
Email Address rctoris at wpi.edu
TitleBringing Human-Robot Interaction Studies Online via the Robot Management System
DepartmentComputer Science
  • Sonia Chernova, Advisor
  • Candace Sidner, Reader
  • Craig Wills, Department Head
  • Keywords
  • crowdsourcing
  • robotics
  • HRI
  • Date of Presentation/Defense2013-10-08
    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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