Underwater Human-Robot Collaboration

 
 

Gestural Interface for an Underwater Robot

The underwater environment is communication-restricted, meaning that many of the communication channels we use to interact with other humans or robots in air are unavailable underwater. SCUBA divers use an established system of gestures to communicate underwater. We are developing a gesture-based interface so that a human can control and communicate with a robot without learning a new interface, thereby allowing the robot to seamlessly integrate into a established human team, and reducing the cognitive overhead for humans collaborating with the robot underwater.