On the effect of swarm collective behavior on human perception: Towards brain-swarm interfaces

George K. Karavas, Panagiotis Artemiadis

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Abstract

Swarms of autonomous robots consist of a large number of simple and inexpensive units that use local communication and sensing in order to achieve a common goal. They provide improved robustness and efficiency characteristics over single agent solutions due to their interchangeability and inherent redundancy. Human-Swarm Interaction (HSI) is a relatively new field that has captured the attention of many researchers over the last decade. Efforts have mainly focused on the design of human-swarm control interfaces, neglecting significant aspects like the human perception of the swarm behavior. In this work, we attempt to address this issue by examining the perception and representation of collective behaviors of swarms at the brain level of human supervisors. More specifically, the effect of swarm cohesion on the ElectroEncephaloGraphic (EEG) activity of the human supervisor is investigated. We show that brain activity is correlated to swarm cohesion levels, which refers to spreading in the motion of the swarm agents. Moreover, we show that as the cohesion of the swarm becomes lower, the subjects are less able to discern changes in the direction of its motion. This work provides the first evidence of representation of swarm collective behaviors at the brain level, which can lead to the design of a new generation of brain-swarm control and perception interfaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE International Conference on Multisensor Fusion and Integration for Intelligent Systems
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages172-177
Number of pages6
Volume2015-October
ISBN (Print)9781479977727
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 9 2015
EventIEEE International Conference on Multisensor Fusion and lntegration for Intelligent Systems, MFI 2015 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Sep 14 2015Sep 16 2015

Other

OtherIEEE International Conference on Multisensor Fusion and lntegration for Intelligent Systems, MFI 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period9/14/159/16/15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications

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