The CAREER project titled, “Drones in Public: foundational interaction research” is led by Dr. Brittany Duncan. A long-term goal of this NSF-funded project is advancing human-drone interaction by developing generalizable guidelines for drone approaches to the general public focusing on language and communication in public environments. The objective of learning about human-drone interaction will be explored through outreach events (e.g., lessons plans on human robot interaction for K-12 students, Science Café in local venues, and museum exhibits).
MERC is tasked with collecting and evaluating participant feedback during outreach events through pre- and post-surveys, observations, and interviews. Data collected will measure knowledge, confidence, and interest in STEM activities and careers, as well as effectiveness of outreach programming.