My research examines how robot design encourages or discourages human emotional attachment and affects operator decision-making. Of particular interest to me are (U.S. military) EOD personnel human-robot interactions; specifically, experiences with field robot models used every day, such as PackBot and TALON. Long-term, this research could be used to help improve troop robotics training; enhance robot development specifications to mitigate mission-dependent risks; and improve warfighter and civilian safety in conflict environments, both foreign and domestic. More broadly, findings can be applied to the development of robots that are effective in human collaborative/team or training situations, especially in stressful conditions (for example, space, defense, and humanitarian relief).
Recent publications include the book chapter Just Doesn’t Look Right: Exploring the impact of humanoid robot integration into Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams. [In R. Luppicini (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Technoself: Identity in a Technological Society (pp. 609-636). Hershey, PA: Information Science Publishing]. My dissertation, The Quiet Professional: An investigation of U.S. military Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel interactions with everyday field robots, was published in 2013.
Keywords used in my research: Chronic Stress, Cognitive Science, Defense, Emotional design, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, EOD, Field Robots, Humanoid Robots, Human-Robot Interaction, Human Social Cultural Behavior, Military, Social Robotics, Traumatic Stress, User-Centered Design. Please contact me with any questions about the contents of this site. I welcome your feedback: julie4 at u dot washington dot edu.
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A short bio that explains the path to my current research interests.