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The Human Factors of Workstation Telepresence.

Smith TJ; Smith KU
Paper in 3rd Ann Wkshp on Space Operations & Robot Soar '89 NASA Conf Pub 3059 P235-50 :16 pages
Human-operated, remotely controlled robots (telerobots) are projected to play a pivotal role in the performance of assembly, maintenance, and servicing manipulation tasks during construction and operation of the U.S. space station in the next decade. To reap the anticipated benefits of telerobotic systems--increased safety, efficiency, and productivity of task performance in space, accompanied by reduced costs--it is essential that the control requirements for telerobot operation be compliant with control capabilities and limitations of the human operator. The term "workstation telepresence" has been introduced to describe such human-telerobot compliance, which enables the human operator to effectively project his or her body image and behavioral skills to control of the telerobot itself. This report addresses major human factors considerations for establishing high-fidelity workstation telepresence during human-telerobot operation. Telerobot workstation telepresence is defined by the proficiency and skill with which the operator is able to control sensory feedback from direct interaction with the workstation itself, and from workstation- mediated interaction with the telerobot. Numerous conditions influencing such control have been identified.
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Paper in 3rd Ann. Wkshp. on Space Operations & Robot. (Soar '89). NASA Conf. Pub. 3059, P235-50
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