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Video Manipulation Techniques for the Protection of Privacy in Remote Presence Systems

Alexander Hubers, Emily Andrulis, Levi Scott, Tanner Stirrat, Duc Tran, Ruonan Zhang, Ross Sowell, Cindy M. Grimm, and William D. Smart.
In "Proceedings of the 10th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Extended Abstracts", Portland, OR, 2015.

Systems that give control of a mobile robot to a remote user raise privacy concerns about what the remote user can see and do through the robot. We aim to preserve some of that privacy by manipulating the video data that the remote user sees. Through two user studies, we explore the effectiveness of different video manipulation techniques at providing different types of privacy. We simultaneously examine task performance in the presence of privacy protection. In the first study, participants were asked to watch a video captured by a robot exploring an office environment and to complete a series of observational tasks under differing video manipulation conditions. Our results show that using manipulations of the video stream can lead to fewer privacy violations for different privacy types. Through a second user study, it was demonstrated that these privacy-protecting techniques were effective without diminishing the task performance of the remote user.

Paper: [PDF]

@inproceedings{hri2015a,
  author = {Hubers, Alexander and Andrulis, Emily and Scott, Levi and Stirrat, Tanner and Tran, Duc and Zhang, Ruonan and Sowell, Ross and Grimm, Cindy M. and Smart, William D.},
  title = {Video Manipulation Techniques for the Protection of Privacy in Remote Presence Systems },
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 10th {ACM/IEEE} International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction ({HRI}) Extended Abstracts},
  address = {Portland, OR},
  year = {2015}
}