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 language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||2019 International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2019|
|Publisher||Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.|
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - May 2019|
|Event||2019 International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2019 - Montreal, Canada|
Duration: May 20 2019 → May 24 2019
|Name||Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation|
|Conference||2019 International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2019|
|Period||5/20/19 → 5/24/19|
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