Autonomous Vehicle-Pedestrian Interaction
This project explores the interaction problem between autonomous vehicles and pedestrians. Given fully-autonomous vehicles will not have a driver on board, pedestrians will no longer receive familiar cues from the driver such as eye gaze and gesture to aid them in making street crossing decisions. We are looking at possible ways in which we can facilitate the bi-directional communication of autonomous vehicles and pedestrians.
Safety in Close Proximity in Human-Robot Interaction
This project explores the question of safety in the interaction of people and robots in close proximity. In particular, we are looking at whether instinctive defensive behaviors that people exhibit when faced with threat stimuli manifest in similar ways when faced with unsafe robots. We hope to eventually incorporate the understanding of human defensive behavior in the design of robot behavior.