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Human Theory of Mind Inference in Search and Rescue tasks
SessionCEDM/HART1: Decision Making
Cognitive Engineering & Decision Making
Human AI Robot Teaming (HART)
LocationGrand Salon V
DescriptionThe ability to make inferences about other's mental state is referred to as having a Theory of Mind (ToM). Such ability is the foundation of many human social interactions such as empathy, teamwork, and communication. As intelligent agents being involved in diverse human-agent teams, they are also expected to be socially intelligent to become effective teammates. To provide a feasible baseline for future social intelligent agents, this paper presents a experimental study on the process of human ToM reference. Human observers' inferences are compared with participants' verbal reported mental state in a simulated search and rescue task. Results show that ToM inference is a challenging task even for experienced human observers.