Introduction to AG Interaction & Generic Multi Robot Control Interface (ROCON)
Elsa Andrea Kirchner
series DFKI Documents, volume 14-07, Nov/2014. DFKI GmbH, Universität Bremen.
The work group “Interaction and ROCON” deals with the development of interfaces, robot control environments,
human-machine interfaces and approaches for human state analysis. Most relevant for our developments
are our high demands on the developed solutions to enable intuitive interaction. To this end different
challenges are tackled with respect to three highly relevant areas: (1) behavior, appearance and effect of
an interface or robot on the interacting human, (2) transfer of intentions between human and technical system,
and (3) correctness and completeness of the approach to assure proper functioning. With respect to
applications, we develop multi robot control approaches for space and industrial applications, solutions for
close human-robot interaction as for example in the field of rehabilitation robotics or the support of elderly
people. For the later, research questions of the field of social interaction must be considered. Hence, our work
group deals not only with questions regarding the development of the targeted technical solution but does
also consider questions from psychology, neuroscience, or social science and hence drives interdisciplinary
discussion and cooperation.