Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Report
from the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials

Published in 2015, the DRC Trials HRI report includes:

1. A DRC Trials task overview

2. The HRI research and analysis methodology overview

3. Team interaction methods evaluated:

  • Interface displays
  • Operators, input devices, and screens
  • Control methods

4. Subtask and overall results including:

  • Team ability to discuss tasks vs. tactical robot control
  • Sensor fusion
  • Control methods and interaction requirements

5. Lessons learned including: 

  • Operator effort and interaction
  • Design guidelines
  • How to streamline the engineering and testing phases

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The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Trials tested humanoid robot capabilities in emergency response scenarios and focused on identifying areas to improve human-robot interaction (HRI) design and robot performance in dangerous environments. Boston Engineering led a HRI research group that DARPA invited to study the DRC Trials. Read about HRI findings in this 36-page report.

Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Report: DARPA DRC Trials

The DRC Trials HRI research group included Boston Engineering, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, the New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation (NERVE) Center at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and AnthroTronix Inc.         

The December 2013 DRC Trials provided an important foundation for our follow-on HRI research during the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals. In Q1-Q2 2016, we will publish detailed HRI findings and analysis from the DRC Finals.


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