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Type Conference or Workshop Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Published in Proceedings Yes
Title Firefighters' Perceptions on Collaboration and Interaction with Autonomous Drones: Results of a Field Trial
Organization Unit
  • Moyi Li
  • Dzmitry Katsiuba
  • Mateusz Dolata
  • Gerhard Schwabe
Presentation Type paper
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed No
Status Published in final form
  • English
ISBN 979-8-4007-0330-0
Page Range 265
Event Title CHI '24: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Event Type conference
Event Location Honolulu, USA
Event Start Date May 11 - 2024
Event End Date May 16 - 2024
Series Name Proceedings of the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Number 265
Publisher ACM Digital library
Abstract Text Applications of drones in emergency response, like firefighting, have been promoted in the past decade. As the autonomy of drones continues to improve, the ways in which they are integrated into firefighting teams and their impact on crews are changing. This demands more understanding of how firefighters perceive and interact with autonomous drones. This paper presents a drone-based system for emergency operations with which firefighters can interact through sound, lights, and a graphical user interface. We use interviews with stakeholders collected in two field trials to explore their perceptions of the interaction and collaboration with drones. Our result shows that firefighters perceived visual interaction as adequate. However, for audio instructions and interfaces, information overload emerges as an essential problem. The potential impact of drones on current work configurations may involve shifting the position of humans closer to supervisory decision-makers and changing the training structure and content.
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Digital Object Identifier 10.1145/3613904.3642061
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Keywords Firefighting, Autonomous drone, Emergency intervention, Field trial