Carnegie Mellon University
Robot, Asker of Questions

Terrence W. Fong, Chuck Thorpe, and Charles Baur
Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 2003.

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Collaborative control is a teleoperation system model based on human-robot dialogue. With this model, the robot asks questions to the human in order to obtain assistance with cognition and perception. This enables the human to function as a resource for the robot and to help compensate for limitations of autonomy. To understand how collaborative control influences human-robot interaction, we performed a user study based on contextual inquiry. The study revealed that: (1) dialogue helps users understand problems encountered by the robot and (2) human assistance is a limited resource that must be carefully managed.

Collaborative control, dialogue, human-robot interaction, social robots, vehicle teleoperation

Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Vision and Autonomous Systems Center

Text Reference
Terrence W. Fong, Chuck Thorpe, and Charles Baur, "Robot, Asker of Questions," Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 2003.

BibTeX Reference
   author = "Terrence W Fong and Chuck Thorpe and Charles Baur",
   title = "Robot, Asker of Questions",
   journal = "Robotics and Autonomous Systems",
   publisher = "Elsevier Science",
   year = "2003",