Nanja J. J. M. Smets

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Mobile information systems aid first responders in their tasks. Support is often based on mobile maps. People have different preferences for map orientations (heading-up or north-up), but map orientations also have different advantages and disadvantages. In general north-up maps are good for building up situation awareness and heading-up maps are better for(More)
The paper describes experience with applying a user-centric design methodology in developing systems for human-robot teaming in Urban Search & Rescue. A human-robot team consists of several semi-autonomous robots (rovers/UGVs, mi-crocopter/UAVs), several humans at an off-site command post (mission commander , UGV operators) and one on-site human (UAV(More)
Shared Mental Models (SSM) are crucial for adequate coordination of activities and resource deployment in disaster responses. Both human and robot are actors in the construction of such models. Based on a situated Cognitive Engineering (sCE) methodology, we identified the needs, functions and evaluation paradigm for this model construction support. Via(More)
Learning and acting on social conventions is problematic for low-literates and non-natives, causing problems with societal participation and citizenship. Using the Situated Cognitive Engineering method, requirements for the design of social conventions learning software are derived from demographic information, adult learning frameworks and ICT learning(More)
— This paper presents a Cognitive Task Load (CTL) model designed to keep track of an operator's mental work-load, both quantitatively (amount of workload) and qualitatively (cognitive state). By integrating this model in a (semi-)autonomous robot, robot's level of automation and user interface can be attuned to the operator's state (Every second, the(More)
Running computer simulations of work practices early on lets researchers test human-agent teams in dangerous, complex environments by incrementally increasing fidelity, adding realistic features, and incorporating human participants. robotic agents, must collaborate closely and with relative independence from Mission Control Center for the mission to(More)