Ro-Man 2017 Workshop on Agent Transparency

Workshop on Agent Transparency for Human-Autonomy Teaming Effectiveness

IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (IEEE RO-MAN 2017)

Lisbon, Portugal, August 28 - September 1, 2017

Format: Full Day Workshop (September 1, 2017)

Main organiser: Dr. Jessie Y.C. Chen (U.S. Army Research Laboratory;

Co-organiser: Dr. Joseph B. Lyons (U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory;


As machine agents become more sophisticated and independent, it is critical for their human counterparts to understand their behaviors, perceived intent, the reasoning process behind those behaviors, and the expected outcomes to properly calibrate their trust in the systems and make appropriate decisions. Indeed, past studies have shown that human operators sometimes question the accuracy and effectiveness of agents’ actions due to the operators’ difficulties understanding the state/status of the agent and the rationales behind the behaviors. These limitations can be substantial impediments to overall system and task performance. The aim of this workshop is to review the state of-the-art of research on agent transparency as well as identify research gaps and potential ways forward. The intended audience for this workshop is those who work on human-agent communications/teaming.


Transparency; Human-Robot Communications; Trust; Situation Awareness; User Interface Design; Operator Workload

Program Committee:

- Dr. Jessie Chen (U.S. Army Research Lab)

- Dr. Joseph Lyons (U.S. Air Force Research Lab)

- Prof. David Kaber (North Carolina State University, USA)

- Prof. Mark Neerincx (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)

- Prof. Julie Adams (Oregan State University, USA)

- Dr. Christopher Miller (SIFT, USA)


Talk 1: 9:00-9:30

Situation awareness-based agent transparency for human-autonomy teaming effectiveness Jessie Chen (U.S. Army Research Laboratory)

Talk 2: 9:30-10:00

Utility of Functional Transparency and Usability in UAV Supervisory Control Interface Design David Kaber, Wenjuan Zhang & David Feltner (North Carolina State University)

Talk 3: 10:00-10:30

Hurdles to Transparency for Human-Swarm Interaction Julie Adams (Oregon State University)

Coffee break: 10:30-11:00

Talk 4: 11:00-11:30

Agents explaining their performance with underlying beliefs, goals and uncertainties Mark Neerincx, Frank Kaptein, Jasper van der Waa, Jurriaan van Diggelen, Joost Broekens and Koen Hindriks (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research - TNO)

Talk 5: 11:30-12:00

Towards robots that explain their actions and reasoning Katia Sycara (Carnegie Mellon University)

Lunch: 12:00-14:00

Talk 6: 14:00-14:30

Transparency: The Temporal Dimension Chris Miller (SIFT)

Talk 7: 14:30-15:00

The Muttering Robot: Improving Robot Transparency Though Vocalisation of Reactive Plan Execution Robert H. Wortham & Vivienne Rogers (Bath)

Talk 8: 15:00-15:30

Dynamic Generation and Refinement of Robot Verbalization Vittorio Perera and Manuela Veloso (Carnegie Mellon University)

Coffee break: 15:30-16:00

Discussion (ALL): 16:00-17:00

Challenges; Research Gaps; Ways Forward