Russell Toris

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Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) is a rapidly expanding field of study that focuses on allowing nonroboticist users to naturally and effectively interact with robots. The importance of conducting extensive user studies has become a fundamental component of HRI research; however, due to the nature of robotics research, such studies often become expensive, time(More)
Recent work in the robotics community has lead to the emergence of cloud-based solutions and remote clients. Such work allows robots to effectively distribute complex computations across multiple machines, and allows remote clients, both human and automata, to control robots across the globe. With the increasing use and importance of such ideas, it is(More)
Research on robot learning from demonstration has seen significant growth in recent years, but existing evaluations have focused exclusively on algorithmic performance and not on usability factors, especially with respect to naïve users. Here we present findings from a comparative user study in which we asked non-experts to evaluate three distinctively(More)
Research on robot Learning from Demonstration has seen significant growth in recent years, but the field has had only limited evaluation of existing algorithms with respect to algorithm usability by naïve users. In this article we present findings from a user study in which we asked non-expert users to use and evaluate three different robot Learning from(More)
Since its official introduction in 2012, the Robot Web Tools project has grown tremendously as an open-source community, enabling new levels of interoperability and portability across heterogeneous robot systems, devices, and front-end user interfaces. At the heart of Robot Web Tools is the rosbridge protocol as a general means for messaging ROS topics in a(More)
Copyright is held by the author/owner(s). Abstract Interactive Machine Learning (IML) and Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) are rapidly expanding fields that focuses on allowing non-expert users to naturally and effectively interact and teach robots. The importance of conducting extensive user studies has become a fundamental component of this work; however,(More)
In order for robots to be useful in real world learning scenarios, non-expert human teachers must be able to interact with and teach robots in an intuitive manner. One essential robot capability is wide-area (mobile or nonstationary) pick-and-place tasks. Even in its simplest form, pick-and-place is a hard problem due to uncertainty arising from noisy input(More)
Over the past decade, human-robot interaction has become an increasingly researched and developed field. Recently, researchers and companies alike have noted its applications in industrial, factory, and warehouse settings in the form of collaboration and learning. In order for robotics to be usable in real world learning scenarios, human teachers must be(More)