GVU Center Brown Bag: Using Cognitive System Engineering Methods To Inform Human-Robot Collaboration In A Novel Precision Agriculture Application
Operational concepts for novel robotic systems employing a human supervisor require the consideration of enabling technologies, the needs of the human operators, and their interactions. Leveraging the abstraction hierarchy method can support the development of a set of function allocations to inform the operational concept and a research roadmap for novel systems. Reviewing current and envisioned enabling technologies can support downselect of the potential function allocations. The use of operational event sequence diagrams can help to specify information and control requirements and also to identify gaps in the operational concept. The combination of the abstraction hierarchy method and operational event sequence diagrams holds promise for supporting the development of operational concepts for novel robotic systems. As a case study, this talk addresses the use of the methods to inform the specification of the human-robot interaction for a novel robotic Medjool date palm tree thinning system.
Ellen J. Bass is Interim Associate Dean for Research and Professor in the Department of Information Science in the Drexel University’s College of Computing and Informatics, Bass has over 30 years of human-centered systems engineering research and design experience in multiple domains. She develops theories of human performance, quantitative modeling methodologies, and associated decision support and visualizations that can be used to design and to evaluate human-autonomy interaction and human-human collaboration in the context of total system performance. Her research program is currently funded by the FAA, NIH, PCORI, and the VA. Bass is the Past Secretary-Treasurer and a fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and a senior member of the IEEE and of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Bass holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Advanced Technology from the State University of New York at Binghamton, a B.S.Eng. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S.Econ. in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania.