'08-09 Robot NUI ACM CHI '09 Student Research Competition
Existing user interfaces for controlling mobile robots in real-time are generally for only one robot. Controlling multiple robots simultaneously is difficult. We developed a multi-touch interface with a top-down view from a ceiling-mounted camera for simultaneously controlling multiple mobile robots. Users touch and move their hands on the screen to specify the vector field, and all the robots move along the vector field. The test users in our study successfully operated multiple robots simultaneously with our interface.
This was my graduation thesis work and won 1st place at CHI 2009 Student Research Competition.
With our multi-touch interface, users can navigate multiple robots simultaneously through three operation modes. Please note that the users do not need to switch between these modes explicitly.