TitleAuditory Perspective Taking
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsMartinson, E, Brock, DP
JournalIEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics Part A: Systems and Humans
Date Published2012
KeywordsAcoustic propagation, auditory displays, human–robot interaction, robot sensing systems

Effective communication with a mobile robot using
speech is a difficult problem even when you can control the auditory
scene. Robot self-noise or ego noise, echoes and reverberation,
and human interference are all common sources of decreased
intelligibility. Moreover, in real-world settings, these problems are
routinely aggravated by a variety of sources of background noise.
Military scenarios can be punctuated by high decibel noise from
materiel and weaponry that would easily overwhelm a robot’s
normal speaking volume. Moreover, in nonmilitary settings, fans,
computers, alarms, and transportation noise can cause enough
interference to make a traditional speech interface unusable. This
work presents and evaluates a prototype robotic interface that uses
perspective taking to estimate the effectiveness of its own speech
presentation and takes steps to improve intelligibility for human

Refereed DesignationRefereed
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