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A Supervisory Control Interface for Large Mobile Robot Groups

William D. Smart and Timothy M. Blakely.
In "Proceedings of the American Nuclear Society 12th Robotics and Remote Systems for Hazardous Environments Topical Meeting", pages 457-463, 2008.

There is a pressing need for supervisory control interfaces that allow single human operators to effectively control large numbers of robots or unmanned vehicles. Although increasing levels of autonomy make it possible to control robots at higher-and-higher levels, we must still be able to respond to unforeseen problems with low-level intervention. In this paper, we present RIDE, a supervisory control interface for large teams of mobile robots. RIDE allows task-level control of robot teams, and includes a sliding autonomy mechanism that allows robots to request help from a supervising human when they cannot complete their assigned task.

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@inproceedings{rrsd08,
  author = {Smart, William D. and Blakely, Timothy M.},
  title = {A Supervisory Control Interface for Large Mobile Robot Groups},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the American Nuclear Society 12th Robotics and Remote Systems for Hazardous Environments Topical Meeting},
  pages = {457--463},
  year = {2008}
}