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Teamwork with Robots

Robots are increasingly being used as collaborative technologies. 

For example:
  • First-responder teams are saving lives by coordinating their actions through robots and drones. 
  • Police officers are employing remote-control robots to counter acts of terrorism. 
  • Construction teams collaborate through their robots to bring down concrete walls from a safe distance. 
  • NASA is employing remote-control robots to aid in space exploration. 
In all of these cases lives are at risk and hinge on the ability to effectively deploy robots. Unfortunately, advances in robotics have far exceeded our understanding of how these collaborative technologies can be leveraged. 

My research in this area explores highly significant questions at the dawn of an era of human-robot collaboration. As robots become increasingly central to our society it seems timely and important to understand how to effectively employ these robot. This research has the high-impact potential to reshape what we know about collaborative work.

Research Papers on Teamwork with Robots 

Robert, L. P. (2017). The Growing Problem of Humanizing Robots, International Robotics & Automation Journal(IRAJ), 3(1), (pdf), link to the article on publisher's site, link to the author's copy

You, S. and Robert, L. P. (conditionally accepted in 2017). Teaming Up with Robots: An IMOI (Inputs-Mediators-Outputs-Inputs) Framework of Human-Robot Teamwork, International Journal of Robotic Engineering(IJRE), link to the preprint version coming soon.

Sangseok, Y., Ye, T., Robert, L. P. (2017). Team Potency and Ethnic Diversity in Robot-Supported Dyadic Teams, (Conditionally Accepted) Proceedings of the 38th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2017), Dec 10-13, Seoul, Korea.

You, S. and Robert, L. P. (accepted in 2017) Emotional Attachment, Performance, and Viability in Teams Collaborating 
with Embodied Physical Action (EPA) Robots, 
Journal of the Association for Information Systems, (JAIS), link to the preprint version

You, S. and Robert, L. P. (2017). A Working Framework for Human-Robot Teamwork accepted to the Robots in Groups and Teams Workshop at 20th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2017), Portland OR. Link to the paper:

You, S. and Robert, L. P. (2016). Trust in Teams Working with Robots to be presented at the 2016 Annual SIG Cognitive Research Workshop, (IS-CORE 2016), (see pages 2-3) Dublin, Ireland

You, S and Robert, L. P. (2016). Curiosity vs. Control: Impacts of Training on The Performance of Teams Working with Robots in the Proceedings of the companion publication of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2016), San Francisco, CA, (pdf). and the link to the copy provided by the author:

Robert, L. P. and You, S.  (2015). Subgroup Formation in Teams Working with Robots in the Extended Abstracts of the 33rd ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2015), April 18-23, 2015, Seoul, South Korea, (pdf). The link to the copy provided by the author: and the link to ACM Digital Library
Kim, J., You, S., Kamat, V., Sanghyun Lee, S. and Robert, L. P. (2015). Evaluation of Human-Robot Collaboration in Construction Environments Using Immersive Virtual Environments in the International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality, (CONVR 2015) (pdf (See page 132).

Robert, L. P. and You, S. (2014). Human-Robot Interaction in Groups: Theory, Method, and Design for Robots in Groups in the 18th ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work (GROUP 2014) (pdf). November 9–12, 2014, Sundial Island, FL, USA. The link to the copy provided by the author and the link to the ACM Digital Library

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Taken from You and Robert 2016