Towards Successful Coordination of Human and Robotic Work using Automated Scheduling Tools: An Initial Pilot Study

TitleTowards Successful Coordination of Human and Robotic Work using Automated Scheduling Tools: An Initial Pilot Study
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference2013
AuthorsGombolay, M. C., R. J. Wilcox, A. Diaz, F.. Yu, and J. A. Shah
Conference NameRobotics: Science and Systems, Human-Robot Collaboration Workshop
Date Published06/2013
Conference LocationBerlin, Germany
Call Number2
Keywordstopic0
Abstract

With the latest advancements in robotic manufacturing technology, there is a desire to integrate robot workers into the labor force to increase productivity and efficiency. However, coordinating the efforts of humans and robots in close physical proximity and under tight temporal constraints poses challenges in planning and scheduling and the design of human-robot interaction. In prior work, we present a scheduling algorithm capable of performing the coordination of heterogeneous multi-agent teams. Given this capability, we now want to understand how best to implement this technology from a human-centered perspective. Humans derive purpose and identity in their roles at work, and requiring them to dynamically change roles at the direction of an automated
scheduling algorithm may result in the human worker feeling devalued. Ultimately, overall productivity of the human-robot team may degrade as a result. In this paper, we report the results of a human-subject pilot study aimed at answering how best to implement such an automated scheduling system. Specifically, we test whether giving humans more control over the task allocation process improves worker satisfaction, and we empirically measure the trade-offs of giving this control in terms of overall process efficiency.

URLhttps://interactive.mit.edu/sites/default/files/documents/RSS_Workshop.pdf
Refereed DesignationRefereed