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Marvel, Jeremy A. (Fed)
Mon, 24 Aug 2020 11:48:21 +0000
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Apologies for cross-posting.

We are happy to announce the formation of a new IEEE Robotics and Automation Society study group on the development of metrology standards for human-robot interaction.  Information regarding the launch meeting of this study group can be found below.

Research into human-robot interaction (HRI) has yielded innumerable advances in industrial, rehabilitative, medical, response, consumer, and service robot technologies.  Studies in software, hardware, and human psychology, physiology, and culture enable the evolution of robots that are more effective teammates, tutors, customer support, and companions.  However, it is not clear how many of these advancements have directly benefited from the research versus blind luck.  The multiple fields of HRI are disjointed in terms of consistent metrics and mechanisms for technology assessment, verification, and validation.  Paired with the constant tendency to rely on ad hoc measurements and custom equipment, HRI research repeatability and reproducibility is practically nonexistent.

This standards study group seeks to identify candidate key performance indicators of human-robot interaction (HRI) effectiveness, and to recommend the formation of working groups that may focus on developing the metrics and test methods by which HRI performance may be assessed.  Key proposed outputs include a roadmap toward HRI standards and a prioritized list of candidate standards topics for future working groups.  These standards will address multiple facets of the field of HRI research, including:

  *   Communications,
  *   Effective teaming,
  *   Human factors,
  *   Situation and social awareness,
  *   Ease-of-use,
  *   Interface performance,
  *   Terminologies and taxonomies,
  *   Presence and embodiment, and
  *   Safety.

The next virtual meeting is scheduled for 17 September, 2020 at 1:00 PM EDT (GMT-4).

Date:  17 September, 2020
Time:  13:00 EDT  – 14:00 EDT (GMT-4)

We welcome and invite all interested parties to participate.

For information regarding joining this study group, or the meeting, contact Jeremy Marvel at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>, or visit the study group home page<>.

With best regards,

Jeremy A. Marvel, Ph.D.
Computer Scientist
U.S. Department of Commerce
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Engineering Laboratory, Intelligent Systems Division
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8230
Gaithersburg, MD 20899 USA
Tel:  301-975-4592
Fax:  301-990-9688
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