Lindsay Long: Investigating the Usability of a Vibrotactile Torso Display for Improving Simulated Teleoperation Obstacle Avoidance

Lindsay Long will defend her thesis proposal on Tuesday, October 26 at 4:15 PM in the Psychology Conference Room, Room 419 Brackett. The abstract is below and a flyer is attached.

Abstract:

The goal of the proposed study is to determine the degree to which a vibrotactile torso belt can improve unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) teleoperation performance over visual displays. Previous literature on the ability of haptic feedback to augment visual displays indicates that obstacle avoidance information may be more meaningfully communicated via vibrotactile torso systems, though there is no empirical evidence to support this. Tactile torso systems deliver feedback more intuitively than visual and graphical displays but they have not been incorporated into UGV teleoperation displays to improve obstacle avoidance. Presenting this information so that operators could accurately detect the proximity from walls and obstructions could result in a significant reduction in errors, ultimately improving task performance and increasing the usability of teleoperation.

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