Visualization Techniques for Transparent Human-Agent Interface Designs
Technical Report,05 Jul 2017,13 Sep 2018
US Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground United States
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The report outlines various visualization techniques as the basis for enabling intelligent agent software transparency. We discuss visualizations as vehicles to capture the dynamics of the system being portrayed to give a human operator insight into the agents plans, logic, and expected outcomes including uncertainties. Various techniques such as ecological interface designs, sensemaking, and storytelling are discussed with exemplars to indicate possible usages. General design principles are then explicated including principles for displaying uncertainty and are tied to a Situation-Awareness-based Agent Transparency SAT model. Techniques and their experimental results related to SAT projects are discussed to indicate the variety of SAT visualization solutions for diverse Department of Defense research programs.