Human-Robot Teaming

Human-Robot Teaming

The Human-Robot Teaming Lab was established in 2020 by Dr. Michael Novitzky at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Housed within the Robotics Research Center, the Human-Robot Teaming Lab focuses on creating teams in dynamic and stressful environments. It accomplishes this goal through blending several disciplines such as psychology and human-factors along with robot perception, autonomy, and interaction. The lab explores fundamental research through the use of simulation, augmented and virtual reality, behavior-based systems and machine learning for robot autonomy. More applied work is explored by performing human-robot teaming in field environments to include the use of air, ground, and marine robots for such tasks as aided threat recognition.

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Augmented and Virtual Reality

Fundamental research in human-robot teaming can be performed in virtual reality.  Virtual reality allows to place participants in a more immersive environment. By leveraging virtual reality, the overhead for performing experiments with robots can be reduced.  Additionally, experiments can be performed year round.  Augmented reality allows for helping people with situational awareness which is an ongoing and difficult problem in human-robot teaming.  In experiments, augmented reality is created within our virtual reality simulations.  This allows for circumventing current limitations with augmented reality.

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Training for Human-robot Teams

As robot autonomy and interaction improve, training humans for human-robot teams is becoming a focus of the community.  The goal is to train humans to work in human-robot teams with as little time as possible while still making them effective.  

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Project Aquaticus@West Point

The Project Aquaticus testbed is a unique way to study human-robot teams where humans and robots play capture the flag as teammates against similar teams in a field environment. Originally started at MIT on the Charles River, Project Aquaticus @West Point seeks to study in detail the interaction modalities for human-robot teammates and the effects of training on those teams. Click here for further details