Human collective visualization transparency

24 Mar 2020  ·  Roundtree Karina A., Cody Jason R., Leaf Jennifer, Demirel H. Onan, Adams Julie A. ·

Interest in collective robotic systems has increased rapidly due to the potential benefits that can be offered to operators, such as increased safety and support, who perform challenging tasks in high-risk environments. Human-collective transparency research has focused on how the design of the algorithms, visualizations, and control mechanisms influence human-collective behavior... Traditional collective visualizations have shown all of the individual entities composing a collective, which may become problematic as collectives scale in size and heterogeneity, and tasks become more demanding. Human operators can become overloaded with information, which will negatively affect their understanding of the collective's current state and overall behaviors, which can cause poor teaming performance. An analysis of visualization transparency and the derived visualization design guidance, based on remote supervision of collectives, are the primary contributions of this manuscript. The individual agent and abstract visualizations were analyzed for sequential best-of-n decision-making tasks involving four collectives, composed of 200 entities each. The abstract visualization provided better transparency by enabling operators with different individual differences and capabilities to perform relatively the same and promoted higher human-collective performance. read more

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