Brittany Duncan CAREER Award
Brittany Duncan researches how people interact with aerial drones in a public setting. Duncan is an assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and won a National Science Foundation CAREER Award to continue her research.
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[00:00:04.820]I'm Brittany Duncan.
[00:00:05.710]I'm an assistant professor
[00:00:06.930]in the computer science and engineering department
[00:00:09.040]at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
[00:00:11.390]I am interested in how people will interact with drones
[00:00:14.660]as they become more prevalent in public spaces.
[00:00:16.760]So, for instance, you are at your kid's soccer game
[00:00:18.635]and you see a drone buzzing around
[00:00:20.290]because somebody's taking video or film.
[00:00:22.100]And so you want to know how this drone is interacting,
[00:00:25.880]if something is wrong with it,
[00:00:26.880]how it would communicate that.
[00:00:28.289]And you can also think about if you were here on campus,
[00:00:30.137]and we wanted to give you a tour of campus.
[00:00:31.810]We might have drones someday that can do that.
[00:00:34.131]If they were, how would they approach you?
[00:00:36.120]And how would that make you feel?
[00:00:37.569]Two of the major things I'm going to look at:
[00:00:39.710]How people distance from robots, and so to do that
[00:00:42.030]I'll actually have robots approach them
[00:00:44.090]and as they are coming closer,
[00:00:45.933]then when people feel uncomfortable, they'll say, "Stop."
[00:00:47.770]But we'll also look at their body language,
[00:00:49.240]their facial expressions.
[00:00:50.820]We'll ask them questions to see
[00:00:52.160]how they felt in the interaction,
[00:00:53.360]to really triangulate down on when they felt uncomfortable
[00:00:56.240]and what might make them feel more comfortable.
[00:00:57.998]On the other side, we're also looking
[00:00:59.910]at how things like this model could be used.
[00:01:02.273]For random people to come in and say,
[00:01:04.384]well, how would this robot communicate
[00:01:06.500]to you if it needed to land?
[00:01:08.123]The impacts of this research, hopefully,
[00:01:10.320]are getting broader by the day.
[00:01:11.859]10 years ago, the air drone was introduced
[00:01:14.320]and we didn't know that drones
[00:01:15.860]would be such a big part of our lives now.
[00:01:17.531]We didn't know that Amazon would think about
[00:01:19.150]delivering packages to our house.
[00:01:20.890]We didn't know that agricultural operations would use them
[00:01:23.980]to know if your apples are ripe.
[00:01:25.612]And so we're thinking 10 years in the future,
[00:01:28.062]these will hopefully be closer to our personal spaces.
[00:01:31.110]So they may be used in nursing homes.
[00:01:32.640]They may be used closer to our families,
[00:01:34.790]to check out our house or do security.
[00:01:37.170]And as they do that, they will need
[00:01:38.210]to become more communicative.
[00:01:39.800]We will need to feel safer around them.
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