The Impact of Role Authority and Communication Initiative on HAT Outcomes
Event Type
TimeWednesday, October 12th3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
LocationPoster Gallery
DescriptionThe objective of this study was to understand how role authority and communication initiative of autonomous agents impact Human-Autonomy Team (HAT) performance, trust, workload, and cohesion. The study employed a 2 (role authority: peer vs. subordinate) x 2 (communication initiative: proactive vs. reactive robot communication) mixed factorial design. Participants worked collaboratively with Boston Dynamic’s Spot robot to conduct an in-person search and rescue task in a field environment. The study revealed the subordinate role authority condition, where the robot-is-subordinate to the human, imposed a higher workload than the peer condition, where the robot-is-peer to the human.