Rosemarie Yagoda ryagoda at gmail.com
Tue Jun 16 12:19:46 PDT 2009



Improving Human-Robot Interaction in Complex Operational Environments:  
Translating Theory into Practice

The last decade has seen an unprecedented proliferation in the use of  
robots in a broad range of complex domains such as urban search-and- 
rescue, military operations (e.g., explosive ordinance disposal,  
intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance), scientific  
exploration in underwater and space expeditions, law enforcement  
(e.g., bomb squads), manufacturing, and healthcare (e.g., tele-robotic  
surgery).  Remotely controlled ground, aerial, sea surface, and  
underwater robotic vehicles are being utilized as tools to safely  
extend the sensory and psychomotor capabilities of humans to remote  
environments.  More importantly, with the ever-increasing  
technological sophistication in their design and capabilities, robots  
are becoming more than mere tools but rather quasi-team members whose  
tasks and behaviors have to be integrated with the task requirements  
and expectations of their human teammates.

Accordingly, in the past decade, the scientific research community has  
focused considerable attention on developing a better understanding of  
the technical and social issues that affect human-robot interaction  
(HRI), particularly in the context of teams.  To increase the utility  
of this growing body of work, researchers must be able to translate  
their theories and empirical findings into practical, useful guidance  
for improving HRI across various domains.  In turn, these findings  
could potentially generate new research, such as further empirical  
validation of proposed design recommendations in different contexts  
and the development and validation of theoretical and quantitative  
models of human performance in HRI.

The goal of this special issue, therefore, will be to present  
practical, useful recommendations, that are theoretically-based and  
empirically-validated, for the design of systems and processes to  
support HRI in complex operational environments as well as delineate a  
'research roadmap' that highlights areas warranting further  
investigation.  We invite theoretical, methodological, and empirical  
papers that address issues including (but not limited to) the  
following topic areas:

·       Sensor Interpretation and Integration: information  
visualization; object recognition; motion awareness, etc.

·       Manipulation: tele-operation and motor control such as during  
mine removal, USAR, and RSTA, etc.

·       Navigation: local and global spatial comprehension; robot  
localization; motion awareness; cognitive maps, etc.

·       Planning: decision-making; task prioritization; contingency  
planning; dynamic re-planning, etc.

·       Multiple Robot Operations: operator-to-robot ratio; attention  
(focused and divided); task switching; situation awareness; adaptive  
automation, etc.

·       Team Performance: human-human group dynamics; collaboration  
and coordination; shared situation awareness, etc.

·       Trust and Acceptance: human-robot group dynamics;  
anthropomorphism; system reliability, etc.

·       Technological Issues: system capabilities and limitations;  
latency; bandwidth; use of multiple modalities, etc.

·       Research Issues: scaled real-world testbeds vs. simulated  
virtual environments; platform-specific vs. platform-general  
considerations (e.g., UGV vs. UAV); metrics / measures and benchmarks;  
individual differences, etc.

All contributors are asked to include in their manuscripts a final  
section that explicitly and succinctly demonstrates how their research  
findings can be translated into practice.  This section should be  
formatted as a bulleted list of guidelines, lessons learned, or  
implications for practice, with a brief rationale that explains and  
supports each statement.

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of  
the American Psychological Association (5th ed.).  Review the JCEDM  
“Information for Contributors” webpage [http://www.hfes.org/web/PubPages/JCEDMauthorinfo.pdf 
] for more specific instructions.  Manuscripts should be no more than  
25–30 double-spaced pages.  The title page, abstract, and author  
biographies do not count toward the page limit.

The closing date for submissions is 15 November 2009.  Please let us  
know by 15 October 2009 if you are planning to submit a paper.   
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to cedm.journal at satechnologies.com 
, with emails entitled “Submission for Improving Human-Robot  
Interaction in Complex Operational Environments.”

Please direct inquiries regarding the suitability of work to the  
Special Issue Guest Editors (see contact information below).  For  
technical questions (e.g., formatting, review status, etc.), please  
contact Haydee Cuevas, the Administrative Liaison.

Special Issue Guest Editors

Jennifer M. Riley

SA Technologies

jennifer at satechnologies.com

Patricia L. McDermott

Alion Science & Technology

pmcdermott at alionscience.com

Douglas J. Gillan

North Carolina State University

djgillan at gwced.ncsu.edu

Administrative Liaison

Haydee M. Cuevas

SA Technologies

haydee.cuevas at satechnologies.com

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