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Anthropocentric Robotics
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Head: Kristen Stubbs
Contact: Kristen Stubbs
Mailing address:
Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Associated center(s) / consortia:
 Vision and Autonomous Systems Center (VASC)
 Quality of Life Technology Center (QoLT)
Associated lab(s) / group(s):
 Human-Robot Interaction Group
The focus of the Anthropocentric Robotics Project is on the importance of understanding people in order to build better robots. The goals of the project are to develop a "cognitive model" of how people understand robots, to integrate knowledge about this model into robotic systems, and to evaluate the effectiveness of this integration in improving human-robot interactions. At the present time, the Anthropocentric Robotics Project involves three studies of human-robot systems: a study of employees at NASA Ames and their involvement in the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission (completed), a study of museum employees and their interactions with the Personal Exploration Rover (completed), and a study of the interactions among scientists, roboticists, and a semi-autonomous rover as part of the Life in the Atacama project (in progress). Our next steps are to combine the results of these studies to generate a model of how people understand robots, to use this model to improve a robotic system, and to evaluate the impact of the use of the model on human-robot interaction. By better understanding people, we hope to generate quantifiable improvements in how well they are able to work with robots.