Daniel J. Barber

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In 2007, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) released a report detailing the future of robotic military equipment and how to proceed in development and procurement of unmanned systems (Office of Secretary of Defense, 2007). This document recognizes the role of unmanned systems in the areas of reconnaissance, surveillance, and target identification. This(More)
As unmanned systems continue to evolve and their presence becomes more prolific, new methods are needed for training people to interact with these systems. Likewise, new interfaces must be developed to take advantage of the increasing capabilities of these platforms. However, the complexity of such interfaces must not grow in parallel with advancements in(More)
OBJECTIVE We investigated the effects of level of agent transparency on operator performance, trust, and workload in a context of human-agent teaming for multirobot management. BACKGROUND Participants played the role of a heterogeneous unmanned vehicle (UxV) operator and were instructed to complete various missions by giving orders to UxVs through a(More)
OBJECTIVE A study was run to test the sensitivity of multiple workload indices to the differing cognitive demands of four military monitoring task scenarios and to investigate relationships between indices. BACKGROUND Various psychophysiological indices of mental workload exhibit sensitivity to task factors. However, the psychometric properties of(More)
Current military forces increasingly rely upon unmanned systems. Training mixed teams of soldiers and robotic agents can be accomplished using specialized virtual environments or fabricated real-life structures. However, there are still gaps in the technology and methodologies needed to support human-robot teams. In addition, the environments presently used(More)
In the current experiment, we simulated a multitasking environment and evaluated the effects of an intelligent agent, RoboLeader, on the performance of human operators who had the responsibility of managing the plans/routes for three vehicles (their own manned ground vehicle, an aerial robotic vehicle, and a ground robotic vehicle) while maintaining proper(More)
OBJECTIVE Two experiments were performed to investigate the feasibility for robot-to-human communication of a tactile language using a lexicon of standardized tactons (tactile icons) within a sentence. BACKGROUND Improvements in autonomous systems technology and a growing demand within military operations are spurring interest in communication via(More)