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Usability study of a robot companion for monitoring industrial processes

Sita, Enrico; Thomessen, Trygve; Pipe, Anthony G.; Studley, Matthew; Dailami, Farid

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Authors

Trygve Thomessen

Matthew Studley Matthew2.Studley@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Technology Ethics

Farid Dailami Farid.Dailami@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Knowledge Exch in Manufact



Abstract

In this paper we present the findings of a usability study for a monitoring robotic unit tele-operated via a virtual fixtures (VF) based control framework. The study aims at investigating the impact of VF on the robot navigation as well as the impact of multimodal feedback on the user performance in a static inspection task. The findings will help in the design of the monitoring control framework to inspect a robotised welding process, as it has been researched in previous work. The study has been conducted with untrained participants, involved in four different test scenarios. The experiments treated a static case in which users were asked to navigate the monitoring robot in the workspace to find a lit LED of a test-piece. The statistical analysis of the experiment metrics showed a positive impact of the VF control on the navigation of the monitoring robot even for users with no previous experience. Moreover, from the analysis of the task load index forms (TLX) it emerged that the combination of VF control and additional multimodal feedback improved the user performance without negatively impacting the effort required to accomplish the task.

Citation

Sita, E., Thomessen, T., Pipe, A. G., Studley, M., & Dailami, F. (2020). Usability study of a robot companion for monitoring industrial processes. In 2020 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Intelligent Robot Systems (ACIRS). , (37-42). https://doi.org/10.1109/acirs49895.2020.9162607

Conference Name 2020 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Intelligent Robot Systems, ACIRS 2020
Start Date Jul 17, 2020
End Date Jul 19, 2020
Acceptance Date Mar 25, 2020
Online Publication Date Aug 10, 2020
Publication Date Jul 1, 2020
Deposit Date Aug 18, 2020
Publicly Available Date Aug 27, 2020
Pages 37-42
Book Title 2020 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Intelligent Robot Systems (ACIRS)
ISBN 9781728198187
DOI https://doi.org/10.1109/acirs49895.2020.9162607
Keywords Monitoring , Task analysis , Service robots , Fixtures , Robot sensing systems , Usability
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/6544286

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