Congratulations to Irene Rae and Allison Sauppé! Irene and Allison are currently in Toronto, Canada for this year’s Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) conference. CHI hosts and publishes research from around the world on human-computer interaction. Learn more about it here.

Irene’s paper analyzed the effect of mobility in telepresence communication. The study had participants collaborate in a construction task using a robot telepresence system that had either high or low mobility. In the end Irene found very consistent results, with 100% participants reporting they felt more involved with high mobility when the task required a lot of movement. This will mean a lot for telepresence design, which will hopefully focus on mobility to achieve that sense of “being there” for the user.

Allison’s research involved creating a new interface for modeling human-robot dialogue. Her study first observed dialogue patterns of 16 paired participants in five scenarios (conversation, collaboration, instructing, interview, and storytelling), and then used these design patterns for the interface. This was then evaluated by designers and computer scientists. With a drag-and-drop style and simple layout, this interface is geared toward making robot dialogue easier to design and interaction with humans more successful.

Another congratulations goes to lab member Dan Szafir, whose research on assistive free-flyers was accepted into the CHI doctoral consortium!

Great job to everyone!

Rae, I., Mutlu, B., and Takayama, L. Bodies in Motion: Mobility, Presence, and Task Awareness in Telepresence. In Proceedings of the 2014 ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI 2014.

Sauppé, A., & Mutlu, B. Design Patterns for Exploring and Prototyping Human-Robot Interactions. Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2014). May 2014. Toronto, Canada.

* Toronto image by Flicrk user bielousov, licensed under a Creative Commons License.