Trust in Risk-Aware, Human-Cooperative Autonomy
This project is to examine the factors that influence humans' trust in autonomy in risky situations. Our team has been developing a software platform called Human-Autonomy Interface for Exploration of Risks (HAIER).
Intrinsic motivation in Human-Robot Interaction
This project aims to investigate humans' motivations in interacting with robots, and what factors influence their motivation, and how to design the human robot interface accordingly to influence humans' motivations in HRI.
Humans' Emotional Attachment to Robots
This line of research is to find out the emotions people have developed toward robots and the influencing factors for the emotions, as well as developing a reliable instrument to measure the emotions. When it comes to emotional attachment, the concept is redefined with a new framework. So far we have explored human emotions with classroom robots, tournament robots, and favorite technological objects. Participants include college students, middle school students, high school students, and general public.
Group Interactions with Robots in Robotics Tournaments
Starting 2016, I have been using naturalistic observation method to study how team players interact with robots in robotics tournaments. The first goal is to find the behavioral pattens of human-robot interactions in a dynamic, real-life, and high time pressure environments. The next goal is to explore areas where human factors method might be used to help team players to perform their tasks better in robotics tournaments.
Human Reactions to a Humanoid Robot in Public STEM Education
The IEEE ENCS Humanoid Robot Project is a community outreach oriented project to educate the public especially children about science and engineering through the humanoid robot KEN. KEN has been invited to many organizations including museums and schools, and more than 500 people have been reached.
STEM Outreach Using Students-Built Humanoid Robots
In January 2016, the IEEE ENCS Humanoid Robot project was awarded the IEEE foundation grant, titled “STEM Outreach Using Students-Built Humanoid Robots”. The grant helps fund a yearlong mentoring and outreach program designed to teach students to build four versions of humanoid robots and for students to perform STEM outreach. The Humanoid Robot Project team has worked with The Forge Initiative, a local STEM nonprofit for the mission. In the past, the demonstrations and exhibitions of KEN provided one-time exposure to the general public to increase their awareness and interest in robotics and STEM. Collaborating with the Forge Initiative allows interested members to work closely with IEEE mentors and professionals to learn more about robotics through committed hands-on activities for longer periods of time. Here are two research questions about robotics education related to this project.
- What do children learn from building such a humanoid robot?
- How does building such a humanoid robot would impact humans' knowledge, liking of the robot, acceptance of the robot, and interaction behaviors?
Uncanny Valley Effect and Mere Exposure
This research is to explore the mechanism of the uncanny valley effect for humanoid robots and solutions to overcome it.
This line of research is to examine the current status of robotics education in classrooms and robotics clubs that prepare for robotics tournaments. I have looked into self-efficacy, problem solving skills, reflection journals, and metacognition. I am also interested in team formation and team learning dynamics.
Studio STEM: Afterschool Design-based Science Learning
This line of research is to assist Dr. Michael Evans with his Studio STEM project, which is to study middle school students’ engagement, learning process, and learning outcomes in a design-based science learning environment using multimodal data streams.