Human Supervision of Robotic Site Survey

Debra Schreckenghost, Terrence W. Fong, and Tod Milam
6th Conference on Human/Robotic Technology and the Vision for Space Exploration, February, 2008.


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Abstract
Ground operators will interact remotely with robots on the lunar surface to support site preparation and survey. Astronauts will interact with robots to support outpost buildup and maintenance, as well as mission operations. One mode of interaction required for such operations is the ability to supervise robots performing routine autonomous tasks. Supervision of autonomous robotic activities requires monitoring the robot? performance of tasks with minimal human effort. This includes understanding its progress on tasks, awareness when important milestones are achieved or problems impede tasks, and reconstructing situations after the fact by relating task events to recorded data. We are developing a software framework to support such interaction among distributed human teams and robots and are evaluating our framework for human supervision of mobile robots performing routine site survey operations. In this paper we describe our approach for human supervision of robotic activities and report the results of our evaluation with the NASA Ames K10 robot.

Keywords
planetary rover, lunar exploration, robotic survey

Notes
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Field Robotics Center
Associated Project(s): Lunar Rover Initiative
Number of pages: 8

Text Reference
Debra Schreckenghost, Terrence W. Fong, and Tod Milam, "Human Supervision of Robotic Site Survey," 6th Conference on Human/Robotic Technology and the Vision for Space Exploration, February, 2008.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Fong_2008_5933,
   author = "Debra Schreckenghost and Terrence W Fong and Tod Milam",
   title = "Human Supervision of Robotic Site Survey",
   booktitle = "6th Conference on Human/Robotic Technology and the Vision for Space Exploration",
   month = "February",
   year = "2008",
}