Human-Robot Interaction for a Self-determined Life
(Physische Mensch-Roboter Interaktion für ein selbstbestimmtes Leben)
Persons with multiple physical limitations, eg. high-grade paraplegics, require help in everyday life, for example for eating and drinking. Support robots that have basic interactive skills (such as support tasks and people-to-people deals) can provide new opportunities.
Goals and Approach
The aim of the project MobILe is the research and realization of basic skills with and without direct physical contact between robot and human. For robot control in three-dimensional space, we investigate humans' head and eye movements as possible input modalities, which are recorded via a headset with motion sensors or glasses with eye tracker and electrooculography. For the interaction of the robot with humans we are exploring Augmented Reality (eg in the form of visual representations of intended actions of the robot). The user-centered interaction design minimizes attention loss. A safety system with redundancies ensures functional safety. The basic body-contact skills use new control strategies that ensure that interaction continues until a clear order is issued.
Innovations and Perspectives
MobILe will also enable support services with direct physical contact in the future. The research results will be transferred to further basic robotic skills and to cooperative industrial robotics.
Our current approaches focus on the following topics:
- Mixed Reality as visual feedback for:
- Intentention of the robot
- Perception of the robot
- Interaction Design and Intervention Strategies for people with mobility impairments (limited input modalities).
- Ethnographic analysis like participatory observations of activities of daily living, such as eating and drinking.
SwipeBuddy: A Teleoperated Tablet and Ebook-Reader Holder for a Hands-Free Interaction InproceedingsMobILe
Lamas, David; Loizides, Fernando; Nacke, Lennart; Petrie, Helen; Winckler, Marco; Zaphiris, Panayiotis (Ed.): Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2019, S. 568-571, Springer, Cham, 2019, ISBN: 978-3-030-29390-1.
Little Helper: A Multi-Robot System in Home Health Care Environments InproceedingsMobILe
Proceedings of the 2019 International workshop on Human-Drone Interaction (iHDI) as part of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM 2019.
SwipeTank - A teleoperated tablet and ebook-reader holder for a hands-free interaction PresentationMobILe
Anforderungen an die Interaktion eines Roboterarms zur Nahrungsaufnahme bei Tetraplegie – Eine ethnografische Analyse InproceedingsMobILe
Kongress und Ausstellung zu Alltagsunterstützenden Assistenzlösungen / Active Assisted Living (AAL) - Tagungsband, S. 100-101, Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH Karlsruhe, 2018.
Opportunities and Challenges in Mixed-Reality for an Inclusive Human-Robot Collaboration Environment InproceedingsMobILe
Proceedings of the 2018 International Workshop on Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality for Human-Robot Interactions (VAM-HRI) as part of the ACM/IEEE Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, S. 83–86, Chicago, USA, 2018.