Portrait of Assistive Robots for Blind Travelers
Heads: M. Bernardine Dias and Aaron Steinfeld
Contact: Ermine A Teves
Last Project Publication Year: 2015

As robotics technology evolves to a stage where co-robots, or robots that can work with humans, become a reality, we need to ensure that these co-robots are equally capable of interacting with humans with disabilities. This project addresses this challenge by exploring meaningful human-robot interaction (HRI) in the context of assistive robots for blind travelers.

The proposed work explores three research areas in the context of assistive robots for blind travelers:

  • Accessible Interfaces, which will be a crucial component of assistive robots
  • Assistive Interaction between humans and robots, which we envision happening both directly and remotely via accessible smartphone interfaces
  • Effective Cooperation, which will have to accommodate a variety of teaming options including human-robot teams, flexibility in teaming based on capabilities and resources, and also allow a range of connectedness and heterogeneity for the cooperating agents

Project work will begin with stakeholder interviews and task shadowing to help identify high value robot tasks and functional constraints.

We anticipate generating new knowledge on how to support interactions between co-robots and visually impaired travelers through this project. We also hope to make advances in the areas of multi-robot skill coordination and crowdsourcing assistance to robots, and to produce peer-review publications as well as infusions into classes and outreach programs.

Displaying 3 Publications
Future Directions in Indoor Navigation Technology for Blind Travelers
M Bernardine Dias, Aaron Steinfeld and Mary Beatrice Dias

Book Section/Chapter, Indoor Wayfinding and Navigation, pp. 203 -226, March, 2015
How Would You Describe Assistive Robots to People Who are Blind or Low Vision?
Byung-Cheol Min, Aaron Steinfeld and M Bernardine Dias

Conference Paper, Proceedings of the Tenth Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction Extended Abstracts, pp. 91-92, March, 2015
Incorporating Information from Trusted Sources to Enhance Urban Navigation for Blind Travelers
Byung-Cheol Min, Suryansh Saxena, Aaron Steinfeld and M Bernardine Dias

Conference Paper, Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), March, 2015

Past Project People

  • Byung-Cheol Min