Nonverbal Signaling for Human-Robot Collaboration
The goal of this research is to enable nonhumanoid robots to utilize nonverbal signals to improve human-robot collaboration. As robots start to not only share space, but directly interact with humans, they must convey information about their internal state. Such information promotes safety and enables coordination. We take inspiration from animation, psychology, psychophysics, and communication to develop new algorithms for generating state expressive cues using sound, light, and motion. We are applying this work to non-humanoid robots, such as the NASA Astrobee, which do not possess the communication modalities typically utilized in human nonverbal communication.