Communication and Computing Research Centre
Investigation of robot guide with haptic interface
The project is designing and investigating hapticcommunicational interfaces (reins) between a human agent and a mobile robot guide.
The reins facilitate joint navigation and inspection of a space under conditions of low visibility (occurring frequently in fire fighting).
The focus is on haptic and tactile human robot cooperation as it has been found that a limited visual field and obscured cameras adds to the distress of humans working under pressure.
Humans naturally interact with animals using tactile feedback in scenarios such as working with guide dogs and horse riding; the project aims to extend this practice to human robot interaction.
Dr Chris Roast - Reader in HCI and Knowledge Transfer Lead (Digital and Design)