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Rise of Civil Robots, Oct 23

This talk will discuss the use of unmanned land, sea, and aerial systems for civil and environmental engineering with specific focus on the human-robot interaction necessary for these types of systems to be of practical use in the field. A new human-robot interface for ad hoc Mission Specialists that provides role-specific visual common ground and permits shared control of the robot’s payload camera and verbal coordination with the Pilot will be discussed.

This research is of importance to human-robot interaction researchers and practitioners, as well as those in the fields of robotics, human-computer interaction, and artificial intelligence, because it found that a human Pilot role is necessary for assistance and understanding, and that there are hidden dependencies in the human-robot team that affect Mission Specialist performance. Additional future directions for this research will be discussed.


This semester marks the start of a new format for CITRIS seminars. The i4Energy seminar series will be included in the Research Exchange seminar series and held only on Wednesdays (seminars will no longer take place separately on Fridays). This format gives us chance to focus on each of our initiatives in turn, bringing challenging speakers to discuss their research and join in an ongoing discussion at CITRIS.


The seminars are held in in the Banatao Auditorium of Sutardja Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley campus, and box lunches are provided *with registration*.

Registration for each event (by the Monday prior at 3pm) is required for lunch at UC Berkeley at

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