Grants: RCTA work gets funded! $50,000

I'm happy to say that my proposal for a project with the Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (RCTA) 2017 was selected for funding.

Grant title: Appropriate calibrations of trust for supporting soldier-robot teaming, PI: Elizabeth Phillips, Brown University, Funded by General Dynamics Land Systems, $50,000

Overview after the break

Partnership with Sproutel & Rhode Island Innovation Voucher

Right before leaving for vacation a few weeks back, I worked with the team over at Sproutel, a local Rhode Island medical tech company, to submit a proposal for funding via a Rhode Island Innovation voucher. Together Sproutel and Brown's Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative are partnering to complete a user study deploying a new iteration of Jerry the Bear  in patient homes. I am really excited about this project and looking forward to working on an industry-academia partnership. We're hoping to hear back about funding soon. 

Grant title: Evaluating Psychosocial Support Provided by Jerry the Bear for Type I Diabetes, submitted to Rhode Island Commerce Corporation


Robot Block Party!

I'm super excited to say that the HCRI will be hosting and participating in 2017 Robot Block Party! 

RBP highlights the innovation of our state’s robotic community, bringing together industry, universities, community organizations, and K-12 schools. It’s open to the public and includes numerous pieces of robotic equipment that range from ocean exploration devices to animatronic toys.

Wow. Finally, I am getting a manuscript of my dissertation work out the door. It was a herculean effort to try to cut down the manuscript to under 8,000 words. But, I think I'm happy with how it turned out. 

Phillips, E. & Jentsch, F. (Submitted). Supporting situation awareness through robot-to-human information exchanges under conditions of visuospatial perspective taking. Submitted to Journal of Human-Robot Interaction. 

Abstract after the break. 

This post is coming a bit late, but a few months back some colleagues and I submitted a journal article manuscript to the ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (TiiS) special issue on Trust and Influence in Intelligent Human-Machine Interaction. We're really excited about this piece and hope to hear back about it soon. 

Baker, T., Phillips, E., Ullman, D., & Keebler, J. (Submitted). Toward an understanding of trust repair in human-robot interaction: Current research and future directions. Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems

Recently, I was really fortunate to lend my expertise in experimental design and HRI studies with human users, to collaborate on a paper with researchers in Brown's Computer Science Department, the Humans 2 Robots Lab on a paper for the 2017 IROS conference

Whitney, D., Rosen, E., Phillips, E., Konidaris, G., & Tellex, S. (Submitted). A virtual reality interface for robots. International conference on intelligent robots and systems. IEEE/RSJ. 

Before the vacation was a made dash to finish a number of conference submissions, including two for HFES 2017. Hoping these will get in so that I can see my Human Factors Colleagues in Austin in October. 

Submitted paper titles: 

  • What does a robot look like?: A multi-site examination of user expectations about robot form

  • Robot Self-Assessment and Expression: A Framework