Drones in Firefighting: A User-Centered Design Perspective

Omri Alon, Sharon Rabinovich, Chana Fyodorov, Jessica R. Cauchard

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Abstract

This work presents a user-centered perspective on the integration of semi-autonomous drones in firefighting. We first present the outcomes of an interview with the leading officers in Israel, which revealed opportunities and barriers in drone integration, as well as current usage and future needs. We envision a future where firefighters and drones can directly communicate with each other and propose the use of gestures in collocated environments. We then present the results of an elicitation study with operational firefighters (N=9), which resulted in a set of tasks for drones and matching user-defined gestures that can be performed in highly constrained environments. This research opens the space for future collocated human-drone interaction in emergency response and other complex professional settings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of MobileHCI 2021 - ACM International Conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationMobile Apart, MobileTogether
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450383288
DOIs
StatePublished - 27 Sep 2021
Event23rd ACM International Conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction: Mobile Apart, MobileTogether, MobileHCI 2021 - Virtual, Online, France
Duration: 27 Sep 20211 Oct 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of MobileHCI 2021 - ACM International Conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction: Mobile Apart, MobileTogether

Conference

Conference23rd ACM International Conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction: Mobile Apart, MobileTogether, MobileHCI 2021
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityVirtual, Online
Period27/09/211/10/21

Keywords

  • Collocated Interaction
  • Elicitation Study
  • Firefighting
  • Harsh Environments.
  • Human Drone Interaction
  • Human Machine Teaming
  • UAV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Information Systems
  • Software

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