Nancy is giving an introduction.
NASA Data Fusion Project
MineCraft Project: Human-Robot Teaming on a search and rescue task
Synthetic Teammate Project
Cyber Deception Project
HFES2018 conference at Philadelphia, PA. Presenting concluded last week. Learning new trends/methods, and networking are always the top three businesses at conferences.
I gave a talk on "Preliminary Analysis and Simulation of Railroad Dispatcher Workload". Surprisingly, the paper received the Best Paper Award at the Human Performance Modeling technical group. Thanks to coauthors Dr. Cummings, Victoria Nneji, and other contributors. Several people came to me after the talk, saying there has not been much literature on railroad dispatchers. There is definitely potential along this line of research.
During the conference, I used key words like Human-Robot Interaction, Team(ing), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Human-Machine Interaction to search for talks related to Human, AI, and Robot Teaming. Four sessions were specifically found on this topic and each session was filled with attendees, which indicated the rising interest of the public on this topic.
Networking happens naturally at the conference reception, when catching up with friends and colleagues during the conference, at university social events, at the HF women lunch, at the poster sessions (including regular poster session and posters with fellows), after giving a talk, at the session that I co-chair, at small-group discussion sessions, and even on the train to the airport. People are friendly and supportive, especially at HFES conferences.
I did not plan any sightseeing this time. The only two things I remember are the Reading Terminal Market next to the conference hotel and the outside of the Museum of American Revolution near my hotel. Maybe next time I should plan something ahead.
Lixiao Huang, a human factors scientist who is enthusiastic about human-robot interaction research.