The Influence of Risk on Trust in Automation

Kelly Satterfield

Advisor: Tyler H. Shaw, PhD, Department of Psychology

Committee Members: Carryl Baldwin, Ewart de Visser

David J. King Hall, CENTEC Conference Room
November 30, 2016, 01:00 PM to 10:00 AM


          Advances in technology have led to increases in the implementation of automated systems. In order for the full range of benefits of automation to be utilized, an understanding of how operators trust an automated system is vital. The level of risk in an environment is an important factor that affects trust and one that has not been studied extensively. This dissertation aims to explore the effect differing levels of risk have on trust in an automated system. The first study examines whether trust in an autonomous teammate differs between situations with low and high risk. A second study determines if experience with the automation interacts with level of risk.