Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Fifth Committee Member
Jin Ouk Choi
Number of Pages
Current drones perform a wide variety of tasks in surveillance, photography, agriculture, package delivery, etc. However, these tasks are performed passively without the use of human interaction. Aerial manipulation shifts this paradigm and implements drones with robotic arms that allow interaction with the environment rather than simply sensing it. For example, in construction, aerial manipulation in conjunction with human interaction could allow operators to perform several tasks, such as hosing decks, drill into surfaces, and sealing cracks via a drone. This integration with drones will henceforth be known as dexterous aerial manipulation.
Our recent work integrated the worker’s experience into aerial manipulation using haptic technology. The net effect was such a system could enable the worker to leverage drones and complete tasks while utilizing haptics on the task site remotely. However, the tasks were completed within the operator’s line-of-sight. Until now, immersive AR/VR frameworks has rarely been integrated in aerial manipulation. Yet, such a framework allows the drones to embody and transport the operator’s senses, actions, and presence to a remote location in real-time. As a result, the operator can both physically interact with the environment and socially interact with actual workers on the worksite.
This dissertation presents a human-embodied drone interface for dexterous aerial manipulation. Using VR/AR technology, the interface allows the operator to leverage their intelligence to collaboratively perform desired tasks anytime, anywhere with a drone that possesses great dexterity.
aerial manipulation; aerial vehicles; AR/VR; embodiment; robotics
Artificial Intelligence and Robotics | Robotics
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Kim, Dongbin, "A Human-Embodied Drone for Dexterous Aerial Manipulation" (2021). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4298.
IN COPYRIGHT. For more information about this rights statement, please visit http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/