Situational Awareness

A kitting exercise

Consent Form

This HIT has been generated as a part of a study being conducted by Pamela Carreno-Medrano as part of her Postdoctoral work. The study will be supervised by Drs. Dana Kulić and Stephen Smith at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Waterloo, Canada. The objectives of the research study are to examine individual behaviors and/or teamwork dynamics in a simulated assembly task as well as to quantify your awareness and performance during the task. Before you agree to complete this HIT, it is important that you read the information below. The information describes the purpose of the study, risks or benefits to yourself and your right to withdraw at any time. You will need to understand this information before signing this form.

Study Details

Participation in this study is voluntary. Participants must be adults (+19) with no color vision deficiency. Since the study aims at studying individual and team dynamics, you might be asked to work along another participant. Random assignment will be used to define each team.

If you decide to participate you will be given a three simulated kitting tasks. Each kit to be completed is defined by a kit structure image. This image describes the type, placement order and number of kit components required to assemble and complete a kit. A short training video will be shown to participants prior to initiating the first kitting task. This video explains and shows the main actions of the game, the rules and the principles you should keep in mind when completing the game. At the same time actions and rules are explained, the video also shows how a simple kitting task is completed.

Additionally, you will be asked to fill out a simple questionnaire before, during, and after each task as well as at the end of the HIT. Answers are anonymous and you can skip any questions you do not wish to answer.

It is important for you to know that the website is also programmed to keep record of your mouse trajectory during completion of the kitting tasks.

Benefits and Risks

By participating in this study, you provide valuable data to the experimenters to advance research in human-robot collaboration and autonomous robot control systems. There are no direct anticipated or known benefits to participants as a result of this study.

The tasks performed in this study take place online, and participation is performed at your own time, location, and pace. We therefore see not known or anticipated risk, physical or emotional, in participating in this study.

Remunaration, Time Commitment and Withdrawal

You will be paid based on the USA nationwide minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Participation in this study will require approximately 30 minutes. If you take this HIT you will be paid $5.43 in total.

You may withdraw from this study at any time without penalty or loss of remuneration by ceasing to take any action in the simulated task or to answer questions, proceeding to the end of the post study questionnaire, and closing your browser. To receive remuneration please click on the withdraw button, obtain the unique code for this HIT, and submit it.


It is important for you to know that any information that you provide will be confidential. All of the data will be summarized and no individual could be identified from these summarized results. Furthermore, the web site is programmed to collect responses alone and will not collect any information that could potentially identify you (such as machine identifiers). The data, with no personal identifiers, collected from this study will be maintained on a secure server for a minimum in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo. Access to this server is restricted to the researchers involved in this project.

As well, the data will be electronically archived after completion of the study and maintained for a minimum of 10 years and then erased.

Once all the data are collected and analyzed, we plan on sharing this information with the research community through seminars, conferences, presentations and journal articles in summarized form.

Concerns about Your Participation

The final decision about participation in this study is yours. This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee (ORE# XXXXX). If you have questions for the Committee contact the Chief Ethics Officer, Office of Research Ethics, at ore-ceo[at]uwaterloo[dot]ca.


If you have additional questions right now, or would like any other information regarding this study at a later time, please contact Pamela Carreno-Medrano at It will take approximately six months to complete the analysis of the data. If you are interested in obtaining the results of the study please let us know by email at dkulic[at]uwaterloo[dot]ca or pcarreno[at]uwaterloo[dot]ca.

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