The Effectiveness of Dynamically Processed Incremental Descriptions in Human Robot Interaction

Christopher D. Wallbridge, Alex Smith, Manuel Giuliani, Chris Melhuish, Tony Belpaeme, Séverin Lemaignan
2022 ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction (THRI)  
We explore the effectiveness of a dynamically processed incremental referring description system using under-specified ambiguous descriptions that are then built upon using linguistic repair statements, which we refer to as a dynamic system. We build a dynamically processed incremental referring description generation system that is able to provide contextual navigational statements to describe an object in a potential real-world situation of nuclear waste sorting and maintenance. In a study of
more » ... 31 participants, we test the dynamic system in a case where a user is remote operating a robot to sort nuclear waste, with the robot assisting them in identifying the correct barrels to be removed. We compare these against a static non-ambiguous description given in the same scenario. As well as looking at efficiency with time and distance measurements, we also look at user preference. Results show that our dynamic system was a much more efficient method—taking only 62% of the time on average—for finding the correct barrel. Participants also favoured our dynamic system.
doi:10.1145/3481628 fatcat:kk75tjv3a5hjdd2imlrw3ia54a