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RIDE: A Mixed-Mode Control Interface for Mobile Robot Teams

Erik Karulf, Marshall Strother, Parker Dunton, and William D. Smart.
Technical report WUCSE-2012-3, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, January 2012.

There is a growing need for robot control interfaces that allow a single user to effectively control a large number of mostly-autonomous robots. The challenges in controlling such a collection of robots are very similar to the challenges of controlling characters in some genres of video games. In this paper, we argue that interfaces based on elements from computer video games are effective tools for the control of large robot teams. We present RIDE, the Robot Interactive Display Environment, an example of such an interface, and give the results of initial user studies with the interface, which lend support to our claim.

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@techreport{ride-tr,
  author = {Karulf, Erik and Strother, Marshall and Dunton, Parker and Smart, William D.},
  title = {{RIDE}: A Mixed-Mode Control Interface for Mobile Robot Teams},
  number = {{WUCSE-2012-3}},
  institution = {Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Washington University in St.~Louis},
  month = {January},
  year = {2012}
}