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Research interests

Since Jan.2018 I have been working on Human Robot Interaction and Explainable AI as part of the ORCA Hub project (Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets), funded by EPSRC and industry. The aims of the hub project can be found here:https://orcahub.org.

Previously I was working on MIRIAM (Multimodal Intelligent inteRactIon for Autonomous systeMs) as part of HWU INCRA lab funded by dstl under the Defence and Security Accelerator theme, Revolutionise the human information relationship for Defence, with industry partners SeeByte and Tekever. That project involves a conversational agent for autonomous systems. I have continued to work on MIRIAM for the ORCA Hub and recent work raised MIRIAM's technology readiness level from working with simulated vehicles to operating with a real autonomous underwater survey vehicle. 

Other research interests are: Image-based emotion feedback, image summarisation, cognitive styles, and intuition; Promoting collaboration through computer supported cooperative work (CSCW) and visualisation; also User experience when using visualisations of complex data.

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Research Output 2012 2018

  • 15 Conference contribution
  • 4 Paper
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Conference article

A Natural Language Interface with Relayed Acoustic Communications for Improved Command and Control of AUVs

Robb, D., Scharff Willners, J., Valeyrie, N., Garcia, F. J. C., Laskov, A., Liu, X., Patron, P., Hastie, H. & Petillot, Y., 5 Nov 2018, (Accepted/In press) 2018 IEEE OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Symposium. IEEE

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Autonomous underwater vehicles
Remote control

Explainable Autonomy: A Study of Explanation Styles for Building Clear Mental Models

Garcia, F. J. C., Robb, D. A., Liu, X., Laskov, A., Patron, P. & Hastie, H., Nov 2018, Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Natural Language Generation. Association for Computational Linguistics, p. 99-108 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Unmanned vehicles

Explain Yourself: A Natural Language Interface for Scrutable Autonomous Robots

Garcia, F. J. C., Robb, D., Liu, X., Laskov, A., Patron, P. & Hastie, H., Mar 2018

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access

Improving User Confidence in Concept Maps: Exploring Data Driven Explanations

Le Bras, P., Robb, D., Methven, T., Padilla, S. & Chantler, M. J., 2018, Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, 404

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Strategic planning
Decision making

Issues affecting user confidence in explanation systems

Robb, D. A., Padilla, S., Methven, T. S., Liang, Y., Le Bras, P., Howden, T., Gharavi, A., Chantler, M. J. & Chalkiadakis, I., 30 Jul 2018, In : CEUR Workshop Proceedings. 2151

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

Open Access
Artificial intelligence
Learning systems
Deep learning


Honourable Mention ACM CHI 2017 Research Papers and Notes

Stefano Padilla (Recipient), Thomas Methven (Recipient), David Robb (Recipient) & Michael John Chantler (Recipient), 8 May 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Honourable Mention ACM DIS 2017 Research Papers and Notes

David Robb (Recipient), Stefano Padilla (Recipient), Thomas Methven (Recipient), Britta Kalkreuter (Recipient) & Michael John Chantler (Recipient), 13 Jun 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)