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Using haptic feedback in human swarm interaction

Nunnally, Steven and Walker, Phillip and Lewis, Michael and Chakraborty, Nilanjan and Sycara, Katia (2015) Using haptic feedback in human swarm interaction. In: Handbook of Research on Design, Control, and Modeling of Swarm Robotics. IGI Global, Hershey, PA. ISBN UNSPECIFIED (In Press)

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A swarm of robots is a large group of individual agents that autonomously coordinate via local control laws. Their emergent behavior allows simple robots to accomplish complex tasks. Since missions may have complex objectives that change dynamically due to environmental and mission changes, human control and influence over the swarm is needed. The field of Human Swarm Interaction (HSI) is young, with few user studies, and even fewer papers focusing on giving non-visual feedback to the operator. The authors will herein present a background of haptics in robotics and swarms and two studies that explore various conditions under which haptic feedback may be useful in HSI. The overall goal of the studies is to explore the effectiveness of haptic feedback in the presence of other visual stimuli about the swarm system. The findings show that giving feedback about nearby obstacles using a haptic device can improve performance, and that a combination of feedback from obstacle forces via the visual and haptic channels provide the best performance.


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Item Type: Book Section
Status: In Press
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Nunnally, Steven
Walker, Phillip
Lewis, Michael
Chakraborty, Nilanjan
Sycara, Katia
Date: 2015
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: IGI Global
Place of Publication: Hershey, PA
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Title of Book: Handbook of Research on Design, Control, and Modeling of Swarm Robotics
EditorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2015 20:35
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2017 12:55


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