Tracking trust in human-robot work interactions

Researchers in Dr. Ranjana Mehta’s lab capture functional brain activity as operators work with robots on a manufacturing task to track the operator’s trust or distrust levels. Credit: Texas A&M Engineering

The future of work is here.

As industries begin to see humans working closely with robots, there’s a need to ensure that the relationship is effective, smooth and beneficial to humans. Robot trustworthiness and humans’ willingness to trust robot behavior are vital to this working relationship. However, capturing human trust levels can be difficult due to subjectivity, a challenge researchers in the Wm Michael Barnes ’64 Department …

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