The ORCA Hub: Explainable Offshore Robotics through Intelligent Interfaces

Helen Hastie, Katrin Solveig Lohan, Michael John Chantler, David Robb, Subramanian Ramamoorthy, Ronald P. A. Petrick, Sethu Vijayakumar, David Michael Lane

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We present the UK Robotics and Arti cial Intelligence Hub for O shore Robotics for Certi cation of Assets (ORCA Hub), a 3.5 year EPSRC funded, multi-site project. The ORCA Hub vision is to use teams of robots and autonomous intelligent systems (AIS) to work on o shore energy platforms to enable cheaper, safer and more e cient working practices. The ORCA Hub will research, integrate, validate and deploy remote AIS solutions that can operate with existing and future o shore energy assets and sensors, interacting safely in autonomous or semi-autonomous modes in complex and cluttered environments, co-operating with remote operators. The goal is that through the use of such robotic systems o shore, the need for personnel will decrease. To enable this to happen, the remote operator will need a high level of situation awareness and key to this is the transparency of what the autonomous systems are doing and why. This increased transparency will facilitate a trusting relationship, which is particularly key in high-stakes, hazardous situations.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2018
EventExplainable Robotic Systems: Workshop in conjunction with the 13th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction (HRI 2018) - Chicago, United States
Duration: 5 Mar 20185 Mar 2018


WorkshopExplainable Robotic Systems
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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