Future manned space missions will require astronauts to work with a variety of robotic systems. To develop effective human-robot teams, NASA needs objective methods for function allocation between humans and robots. This study develops an objective methodology for function allocation between humans and robots for future manned space missions. Some problems that need to be addressed in function allocation include: (a) monitoring of agents, (b) agents waiting on other agents (idle time), (c) high task load of agents, (d) excessive amount of communication required.
Our methodology entails a formal definition of robotic capabilities, the creation of work models and the development of a scenario-based computational simulation framework Work Models that Compute (WMC) to gain objective insight in the pros and cons of different function allocation options.