BS Computer Science and Communication Design (2017)
REU Participant (2015)
Abstract: Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) is a relatively young field, however it is growing rapidly. This field is expanding beyond academic communities as more people are exposed to robots in their everyday lives such as robotic toys and household appliances. Robots are being studied and developed for real-world applications such as educational or health care purposes. To further this technological development, we designed an experiment to determine the effect instructions can have on an individual’s performance and interaction with an AR Drone 2.0. We hypothesize that the instructions will significantly change how they pilot the AR Drone 2.0. First, participants went through a brief training session on how to fly the unmanned aircraft system (UAS). Then, we split the participants into two groups based on different instructions and alternated between the two instruction sets for every other participant. We told one group the UAS was an inexpensive toy and the other that it was an expensive piece of research equipment. We told both groups to fly the UAS as quickly as possible without hitting any of the obstacles. Then participants flew the UAS through a specified obstacle course. The obstacle course featured flying to the right of a pole, then flying through and to the right of a hula-hoop and finally flying around the left side of the first pole before landing in a green square. We examined the time and accuracy of flying the UAS. After the course, participants answered a short survey that included questions about individuals’ age, gender, experience with a UAS, experience with video games, and thoughts during the experiment such as nervousness and belief of the value of the UAS. Experiments are ongoing at the time of this abstract submission, thus we cannot draw any conclusions yet.