Thesis Proposal


"Using Virtual and Augmented Reality Interfaces to Train Safe Robots at Scale"

Daivd Whitney

Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 12:00 Noon

Room 506 (CIT - 5th Floor)

The inability of robots to perform basic tasks limits their usefulness in everyday environments, and their illegibility in intent makes them unsafe co-workers. The aim of the research outlined in this proposal is to create new interaction modalities to support mixed-initiative multi-human, multi-robot collaborations in both co-located and dislocated spaces. Specifically, we plan to design and implement novel interaction methods that take advantage of existing low-cost virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) technology to (a) obtain human demonstrations of robot behaviors at scale, (b) train autonomous robot behaviors, and (c) test the hypothesis that AR/VR interfaces will allow for better, safer, and more intuitive multi-human, multi-robot collaborations.

Host: Professor Stefanie Tellex