Research Area H: Descriptive models of human everyday activity:
Humans are capable of performing everyday activities near-optimally while at the same time being capable of timely, flexible responses to whatever happens (Anderson, 1995). So far we do not have a good understanding of how we can design computational mechanisms that can achieve such efficiency and are at the same time as adaptive as human activity.
The goal of Research Area H, which will be pursued throughout the duration of EASE, is concerned with a better understanding of the mechanisms needed for these performance characteristics. To this end we will investigate information processing models of humans, with a focus on giving answers to the research questions listed on page 2. EASE will research, realize, and analyze methods for systematically collecting information from humans performing everyday activity. The data acquired through these methods will form the basis for the information processing models. The data will be transformed into NEEMs as a common representation and studied using the reasoning principles discovered by Research Area P.
The goal of Research Area H is to understand why and how people can perform vague instructions for everyday manipulation tasks so competently and investigate hypotheses about the form and role of PEAMs in competent human everyday manipulation activities.