This is the best robot demo I have ever seen.
To run the human subject experiment for the drone control interface simulation system, we went to FAA Greensboro Airport Control tower. After we finished the experiment with Thomas, it was such an honor for us to visit their low altitude air traffic control center room, high altitude air traffic control tower, and air traffic control simulation. I read a few papers about air traffic control before, but this is absolutely the very first time in my life to see an air traffic control center in person.
So far, I have visited a rail dispatcher center and an airplane traffic control center. The HAIER project is controlling underwater robot, and this experiment van is a drone traffic control commend center simulation. I guess my next step should be to visit a driver less car dispatcher center when it comes to exist.
On August 7 evening, IEEE Robotics and Autonomy local chapter hosted a meeting highlighting the ENCS Humanoid Robot project and the STEM opportunities at the Forge Initiative.
Based on the IEEE mission and vision of creating in-house IEEE member experts in Robotics and Automation, Grayson's efforts had triggered "IEEE ENCS Humanoid Robot Project". Daniel McDonald, the lead developer of the project, provided a demo and walk-through of the current humanoid system design detail and future plans. The Forge initiative, a local STEM non profit, provides the opportunity for the project reach the community. The meeting demonstrated all five versions of the humanoid robot KEN.
During the meeting, Mahesh Balasubramaniam, IEEE ENCS RA24 Chair had an overview of IEEE and the cool projects IEEE does. As part of the illustration, Mahesh mentioned the RoboCup soccer tournament happened a week ago in Japan. It was shocking for me to see the NimbRo team on the screen because this is the only team at the RoboCup that I know the developers of the team. NimbRo did such a great job that they are known everywhere in the world now. I wish them well in all their endeavors.
Overall, it is a great event. The next step is to advance the technology, sustain the project, and use it to benefit more people.
The HAL team attended the ONR meeting in DC this week. It was my first time presenting at a program review meeting, and it was also the first time officially presenting the experiment results of the Human-Autonomy Interface for Exploration of Risks (HAIER) project. The ONR meeting was almost mind-blowing everyday and meanwhile mentally exhausting. So many interesting topics, but I did not understand many of them when it came to technical issues. Most of other teams were from Engineering and Computer Science background, with only a few from Psychology.
On the last day, we also visited the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the equipment in this room was a simulation for the engineer's control room in a train. Great thanks to Mike and Chris' facilitation. Now we all had some experience driving a train.
This visit was especially meaningful to me because I visited a railroad dispatcher center in February and learned how dispatchers interact with different parties, including conductors, PTC, line up signals for engineers, etc. This time I saw the effect of dispatchers' work from an train engineer's perspective. Now I can better connect dispatchers' work model and engineer's work model.
Lixiao Huang, a human factors scientist who is enthusiastic about human-robot interaction research.