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PhD Dissertation Proposal: Tsung-Chi Lin | Intuitive and Ergonomic Teleoperation Interfaces for Tele-nursing Robots


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WPI Robotics Engineering
Monday, December 06, 2021
9:00 am to 10:00 am

Robotics Engineering Department

PhD Dissertation Proposal


Tsung-Chi Lin

Intuitive and Ergonomic Teleoperation Interfaces for Tele-nursing Robots


Monday, December 6, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Virtual | Zoom:


Abstract: Tele-nursing robots provide a safe approach for patient-caring in quarantine areas. For effective nurse-robot collaboration, ergonomic teleoperation and intuitive interfaces with low physical and cognitive workload must be developed. In this proposal, we first propose a framework to evaluate the control interfaces to iteratively develop an intuitive, efficient, and ergonomic teleoperation interface. The framework is a hierarchical procedure that incorporates general to specific assessment and its role in design evolution. Besides, it is essential to facilitate optimal situational awareness of the workspace for the operator through active telepresence cameras. However, the control of these active telepresence cameras adds an additional degree of complexity to the task of teleoperation. We further investigate how humans respond to the usage of telepresence cameras in terms of motion behavior and adaptation. Based on the findings from the evaluation, we implement the handheld-based motion tracking interface with multi-channel sensory augmentation as the intuitive and ergonomic teleoperation interface.


PhD Dissertation Committee Members:

Professor Zhi Li (Advisor, Committee Chair), RBE, WPI

Professor Cagdas Onal, RBE, WPI

Professor Berk Calli, RBE, WPI

Professor He Huang, BME, UNC/NCSU

Professor Paula Bylaska-Davies, NURSING, WSU