Robot-Assisted Medical Reachback: Using Shared Visual Information**This work is partially supported by a grant from the DARPA Synergistic Cyber-Forces Seedling and Cognitive Systems Exploratory Effort programs, and SAIC, Inc. Conference Paper uri icon


  • Robot assisted medical reachback (RAMR) involves remote medical personnel conducting operator- and robot- mediated victim assessment in an urban search and rescue environment. A simulated medical reachback exercise was developed to examine RAMR. Key findings suggest it is critical for providers and operators to maintain a shared visual space for developing mental models and facilitating team coordination, Communication analysis across the RAMR task revealed that shared visual information was used approximately 50% of the time to facilitate the development of shared mental models, and again approximately 50% of the time to facilitate team coordination activities. Future efforts in this research domain must further investigate the use of shared visual information to facilitate shared mental models and team coordination. © 2005 IEEE.

author list (cited authors)

  • Riddle, D. R., Murphy, R. R., & Burke, J. L.

citation count

  • 9

publication date

  • January 2005