Etiquette within and between Large Human-Robot Teams

Christopher L. Johnson

This paper describes the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA) Mixed-Initiative Control of Automa-teams (MICA) program as a context for investigating human-computer etiquette. The goal of the MICA program is to enable the control of large-scale teams of semi-autonomous vehicles by a relatively small number of human operators. Program research focuses on both control-theoretic techniques for autonomous control, as well as cognitive engineering techniques for effective human interaction with the resulting control system. Also, thoughts are presented on how shared knowledge between humans and computers could be an important component of a human-computer etiquette approach, both in managing dynamic aspects of etiquette, and in forming a basis for fundamental polite behavior.

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