Does an abstract weld pool visualization help novice welders assess the performance of a weldbot?

Travis M. Kent, Bo Fu, Brittany D. Walls, Will Seidelman, M. A. Sublette, Michael Lee, C. Melody Carswell, Ruigang Yang

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The domain of welding recently has seen the introduction of numerous potential aids to the practitioners who monitor welding robots ("welbots") or perform welds themselves. One such aid is the visual augmentation or visualization of particular weld pool parameters. The purpose of this study was to examine the potential effects of a simple, geometric weld pool visualization on the ability of novice welders to relate what they witnessed in welding videos to the completed welds on physically-present pipes (a situation awareness outcome). In addition to participants' accuracies on the situation awareness measure, perceived usability and subjective workload were also assessed. There was no reliable benefit for the augmented condition compared to the raw, unedited video condition. The results may indicate a task specificity for the type of augmentation utilized or possible limitations of the current rendering methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1308-1312
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventHuman Factors and Ergonomics Society 2016 International Annual Meeting, HFES 2016 - Washington, United States
Duration: Sep 19 2016Sep 23 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics


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