Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) is a rapidly expanding field of study
that focuses on allowing non-roboticist users to naturally and effectively interact with robots. The importance of conducting extensive user studies has become a fundamental component of HRI research; however, due to the nature of robotics research, such studies often become expensive, time consuming, and limited to constrained demographics.
The Robot Management System is a novel framework for bringing robotic experiments to the web. The paper below presents a detailed description of our open source system, and describes an initial trial of the RMS as a means of conducting user studies. Our findings show little statistical differences between usability patterns across these groups, validating the use of web-based crowdsourcing techniques for certain types of HRI evaluations.