Robot communication via motion: Closing the underwater human-robot interaction loop

Michael Fulton, Chelsey Edge, Junaed Sattar

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Abstract

In this paper, we propose a novel method for underwater robot-to-human communication using the motion of the robot as 'body language'. To evaluate this system, we develop simulated examples of the system's body language gestures, called kinemes, and compare them to a baseline system using flashing colored lights through a user study. Our work shows evidence that motion can be used as a successful communication vector which is accurate, easy to learn, and quick enough to be used, all without requiring any additional hardware to be added to our platform. We thus contribute to 'closing the loop' for human-robot interaction underwater by proposing and testing this system, suggesting a library of possible body language gestures for underwater robots, and offering insight on the design of nonverbal robot-to-human communication methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages4660-4666
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781538660263
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2019
Event2019 International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2019 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: May 20 2019May 24 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Volume2019-May
ISSN (Print)1050-4729

Conference

Conference2019 International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2019
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period5/20/195/24/19

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Fulton, M., Edge, C., & Sattar, J. (2019). Robot communication via motion: Closing the underwater human-robot interaction loop. In 2019 International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2019 (pp. 4660-4666). [8793491] (Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation; Vol. 2019-May). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2019.8793491