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On June 12-14, 2012, BGST held an international, multidisciplinary workshop on "Intelligent Human-Machine Collaboration" in Washington, DC.  This workshop brought together researchers from a range of science and engineering disciplines, including robotics, human-robotic interaction, software agents/multi-agent systems, cognitive sciences, AI, and human-machine teamwork.  The participants, many of whom brought extensive international expeience, were drawn from research organizations in Australia, China, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Throughout the meeting, participants worked in small, interdisciplinary groups to identify research challenges that are yet to be overcome in intelligent human-machine collaboration in dynamic, unstructured environments.  During the workshop, participants also addressed anticipated applications of human and machine teamwork and the impact this could have on future generations of intelligent human-machine collaboration. Participants were not asked to arrive at a consensus on any issue, but rather to identify challenges and opportunities from their diverse disciplinary and cultural perspectives.

The following materials are available for download:


  • Research Presentations:

             Trust and Communication in Human Agent Robot Teams
             Frank Dignum (pdf, 1.1 MB)

             Acquiring User Intentions
             Michael Freed (pdf, 2.2 MB)

             Autonomy, Interaction & Collaboration: A WiSAR Perspective
             Michael Goodrich (pdf, 3.2 MB)

             Challenges and Opportunities for Human-Machine Collaboration at Beyond Human Scales
             Alex Morison (pdf, 9.9 MB)

             Robots that Learn to Communicate with Humans
             Yukie Nagai (pdf, 3.3 MB)

             Tactile Interactions During Robot Assisted Surgical Interventions
             Lakmal Seneviratne (pdf, 3.7 MB)

             Always-on Agents for Long Term Relationships with Isolated Older Adults
             Candy Sidner (pdf, 782 KB)

             Disaster Response Robot Quince and Lessons at Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident
             Satoshi Tadokoro (pdf, 3.8 MB)

             A Study on Humanoid Robots Playing Table Tennis
             Rong Xiong (pdf, 4.8 MB)

             Human-in-the-Loop Control of Robot Systems
             Holly Yanco (pdf, MB)