Investigation of human-robot comfort with a small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle compared to a ground robot

Urja Acharya, Alisha Bevins, Brittany A Duncan

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Abstract

This paper presents an investigation of human comfort with a small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (sUAV) through a study offering a comparison of comfort with a sUAV versus a ground vehicle. Current research on human comfort with sUAVs has been limited to a single previous study, which did not include free flight, and while ground vehicle distancing has been studied, it has never been directly compared to a sUAV. The novelty in the approach is the use of a motion capture room to achieve smooth trajectories and precise measurements, while conducting the first free flight study to compare human comfort after interaction with aerial versus ground vehicles (within subjects, N=16). These results will contribute to understanding of social, collaborative, and assistive robots, with implications for general human-robot interactions as they evolve to include aerial vehicles. Based on the reduced stress and distance (36.5cm or 1.2ft) for ground vehicles and increased stress and distance (65.5cm or 2.15ft) for sUAVs, it is recommended that studies be conducted to understand the implications of design features on comfort in interactions with sUAVs and how they differ from those with ground robots.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIROS 2017 - IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages2758-2765
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781538626825
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 13 2017
Event2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2017 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: Sep 24 2017Sep 28 2017

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
Volume2017-September
ISSN (Print)2153-0858
ISSN (Electronic)2153-0866

Other

Other2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2017
CountryCanada
CityVancouver
Period9/24/179/28/17

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications

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Acharya, U., Bevins, A., & Duncan, B. A. (2017). Investigation of human-robot comfort with a small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle compared to a ground robot. In IROS 2017 - IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (pp. 2758-2765). [8206104] (IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems; Vol. 2017-September). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2017.8206104