Accessible Human-Robot Interaction and Collaboration
There are several research areas within HRI which can be explored for activities such as dressing, mobility, medication management, physiotherapy and rehabilitation.
Related Research Projects
TARICS aims to create an interactive cultural experience for museum visits by provisioning a social robot to make the experience more accessible and inclusive for people with learning disabilities and/or autism. The proposed learning and interaction techniques will be deployed on Lindsey, a robot tour guide operating autonomously in The Collection Museum since 2018.
Contact: Ayse Kucukyilmaz
Open All Senses will explore people’s feelings of safety and comfort when controlling and interacting with telepresence robots and will provide opportunities for transforming their design and utility.
Project Lead: Horia Maior
Related Past Research Projects with CHART team member involvement
FLOURISH, Led by Atkins, was a multi-sector collaboration that helped to advance the successful implementation of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) in the UK. While at UWE Praminda Caleb-Solly worked on designing and evaluating accessible interfaces for people with aging-related impairments who could be early adopters of autonomous vehicles.
The main objective of the I-DRESS project , which was based at UWE, was to develop a system that would provide proactive assistance with dressing to disabled users or users such as high-risk health-care workers, whose physical contact with the garments must be limited to avoid contamination. The robotic system consisted of two highly dexterous robotic arms, sensors for multi-modal human-robot interaction and safety features.
The system comprised three major components: (a) intelligent algorithms for user and garment recognition, specifically designed for close and physical human-robot interaction, (b) cognitive functions based on the multi-modal user input, environment modelling and safety, allowing the robot to decide when and how to assist the user, and (c) advanced user interface that facilitates intuitive and safe physical and cognitive interaction for support in dressing.
Praminda Caleb-Solly led the work package on Human Factors and Interface Design when she worked at UWE, and is continuing aspects of the research on safety in close-proximate human-robot interaction.
Related Research Publications
Stephenson, A.C., Eimontaite, I., Caleb-Solly, P., Morgan, P.L., Khatun, T., Davis, J. and Alford, C., 2020. Effects of an Unexpected and Expected Event on Older Adults’ Autonomic Arousal and Eye Fixations During Autonomous Driving. Frontiers in psychology, 11, p.571961. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.571961/full
Stephenson, A., Eimontaite, I., Caleb-Solly, P. and Alford, C., 2020, July. The impact of a biological driver state monitoring system on visual attention during partially automated driving. In International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (pp. 193-200). Springer, Cham. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-50943-9_25
Voinescu, A., Morgan, P.L., Alford, C. and Caleb-Solly, P., 2020. The utility of psychological measures in evaluating perceived usability of automated vehicle interfaces–A study with older adults. Transportation research part F: traffic psychology and behaviour, 72, pp.244-263. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1369847820304174
van Maris, A., Sutherland, A., Mazel, A., Dogramadzi, S., Zook, N., Studley, M., Winfield, A. and Caleb-Solly, P., 2020, March. The impact of affective verbal expressions in social robots. In Companion of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 508-510). https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3371382.3378358
He, J., van Maris, A. and Caleb-Solly, P., 2020, March. Investigating the effectiveness of different interaction modalities for spatial human-robot interaction. In Companion of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 239-241). https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3371382.3378273
van Maris, A., Dogramadzi, S., Zook, N., Studley, M., Winfield, A. and Caleb-Solly, P., 2020, March. Speech related accessibility issues in social robots. In Companion of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 505-507). https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3371382.3378379
Eimontaite, I., Voinescu, A., Alford, C., Caleb-Solly, P. and Morgan, P., 2019, July. The impact of different human-machine interface feedback modalities on older participants’ user experience of CAVs in a simulator environment. In International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (pp. 120-132). Springer, Cham. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-20503-4_11
Bellamy, D.D., Caleb-Solly, P. (2019). Collaborative HRI and Machine Learning for Constructing Personalised Physical Exercise Databases. In: Althoefer, K., Konstantinova, J., Zhang, K. (eds) Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems. TAROS 2019. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 11649. Springer, Cham. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-23807-0_18
Morgan, P.L., Voinescu, A., Alford, C. and Caleb-Solly, P., 2018, July. Exploring the usability of a connected autonomous vehicle human machine interface designed for older adults. In International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (pp. 591-603). Springer, Cham. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-93885-1_54
Voinescu, A., Morgan, P.L., Alford, C. and Caleb-Solly, P., 2018, July. Investigating older adults’ preferences for functions within a human-machine interface designed for fully autonomous vehicles. In International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population (pp. 445-462). Springer, Cham. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-92037-5_32
Chance, G., Jevtić, A., Caleb-Solly, P., Alenya, G., Torras, C. and Dogramadzi, S., 2018. “elbows out”—predictive tracking of partially occluded pose for robot-assisted dressing. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 3(4), pp.3598-3605. https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/8410029
Caleb-Solly, P., Dogramadzi, S., Huijnen, C.A. and Heuvel, H.V.D., 2018. Exploiting ability for human adaptation to facilitate improved human-robot interaction and acceptance. The Information Society, 34(3), pp.153-165. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01972243.2018.1444255
Jevtić, A., Valle, A.F., Alenyà, G., Chance, G., Caleb-Solly, P., Dogramadzi, S. and Torras, C., 2018. Personalized robot assistant for support in dressing. IEEE transactions on cognitive and developmental systems, 11(3), pp.363-374. https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/8320312
Chance, G., Caleb-Solly, P., Jevtić, A. and Dogramadzi, S., 2017, August. What's “up”?—Resolving interaction ambiguity through non-visual cues for a robotic dressing assistant. In 2017 26th IEEE international symposium on robot and human interactive communication (RO-MAN) (pp. 284-291). IEEE. https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/8172315
Morgan, P.L., Voinescu, A., Williams, C., Caleb-Solly, P., Alford, C., Shergold, I., Parkhurst, G. and Pipe, A., 2017, July. An emerging framework to inform effective design of human-machine interfaces for older adults using connected autonomous vehicles. In International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (pp. 325-334). Springer, Cham. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-60441-1_33
Chance, G., Jevtić, A., Caleb-Solly, P. and Dogramadzi, S., 2017. A quantitative analysis of dressing dynamics for robotic dressing assistance. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 4, p.13. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/frobt.2017.00013/full