Human-Robot Teaming using Shared Mental Models

TitleHuman-Robot Teaming using Shared Mental Models
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference2012
AuthorsNikolaidis, S., and J. A. Shah
Conference NameIEEE/ACM International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Workshop on Human-Agent-Robot Teamwork
Date Published03/2012
Conference LocationBoston, Massachusetts

Robots are increasingly introduced to work in concert with people in high-intensity domains, such as manufacturing, space exploration and hazardous environments. Tasks in these domains are often well-defined, but involve complex coordination under constraints and are performed under time pressure. Although numerous studies on human teamwork and coordination in these settings, very little prior work exists on applying these models to human-robot interaction. In this paper we propose a methodology for applying prior art in Shared Mental Models (SMMs) to promote effective human-robot teaming. SMMs are measurable models developed among team members prior to task execution and are strongly correlated to team performance.