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VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNIVERSITY
Consent to Take Part in a Research
StudyTitle of research study: Leadership Emergence for Synchronous Human-Autonomy Teaming VT IRB 23-121
Principal Investigator: Nathan Ka Ching Lau, 540.231.5936 or nathan.lau@vt.edu
Other study contact(s): Tianzi Wang, (540.200.9076 or tianzi@vt.edu)
Key Information: The following is a short summary of this study to help you decide whether or not to be a part of this study. More detailed information is listed later on in this form.
Why Am I Being Asked to Join This Research? We invite you to take part in a research study because you are a student over 18 years old who has normal or corrected-to-normal vision.
What should I know about being in a research study?
●       Someone will explain this research study to you.
●       Whether or not you take part is up to you.
●       You can choose not to take part.
●       You can agree to take part and later change your mind.
●       Your decision will not be held against you.
●       You can ask all the questions you want before you decide.
What should I know about this research study?
For this research study, we would like to learn more about how trust change dynamically during people interacting with UAVs in search and rescue missions. With the UAVs getting involved in the SAR mission, the path of the UAVs during the search could influence the search efficiency in speed and accuracy. Trust of the UAV path would influence the effectiveness and efficiency of the search performance. As the search results from the UAVs have uncertainty on the accuracy of detecting and identifying the lost person, the human operators have the authority of changing the UAV path. In this study, visualizations of the UAV path planning and feedback in different levels of detail are presented aiming to support decision-making for planning UAV paths. How different visualizations would influence trust with respective speed and value.    
Detailed Information: The following is more detailed information about this study in addition to the information listed above.
Who can I talk to? 
If you have questions, concerns, or complaints, or think the research has hurt you, talk to the research team at Nathan Ka Ching Lau, 540.231.5936, or nathan.lau@vt.edu. This research has been reviewed and approved by the Virginia Tech Institutional Review Board (IRB). You may communicate with them at 540-231-3732 or irb@vt.edu if:
●       You have questions about your rights as a research subject
●       Your questions, concerns, or complaints are not being answered by the research team
●       You cannot reach the research team
●       You want to talk to someone besides the research team to provide feedback about this research
How many people will be studied? We plan to include about 38 people in this research study.
What happens if I say yes, I want to be in this research?
●       The whole study includes a training session and four task sessions. Each session will be 5 to 10 minutes. The study will be lasting for about one hour in total.
●       You will interact with an online search and rescue application using a computer with a stable internet connection.
●       Our staff will contact you to schedule the time and send you an online meeting (e.g., zoom invite).
●       You will join the study through the scheduled online meeting.
●       During the study, you will:
  1.      Have a five-minute introduction about the study.
 2.      Receive a link to the webpage for the experiment. All the procedures will be performed using the link in your web browser, and there is no need to download, install, or uninstall any software as long as you have access to web pages.
 3.      Fill in the demographic questionnaire.
 4.      A training session to get familiar with the web user interface for collaborating with UAVs in a search and rescue simulation.
 5.      Four task sessions where you will work with a UAV in a search task to identify the potentially lost person by identifying objects by changing UAV height during object identification and changing the height of the UAV for search.
 6.      After each task session, you will fill out the questionnaires about your experience with the task and workload.
 7.      At the end of the study, you will fill out a short interview.
What happens if I say yes, but I change my mind later? You can leave the research at any time, for any reason, and it will not be held against you. If you are a student, the decision whether to participate or not participate will have no effect on your grades or relationship with Virginia Tech. If you decide to leave the research, contact the investigator so that the investigator can delete your data from the data set if you wish to withdraw from the experimental procedure because of unacceptable reasons.
Is there any way being in this study could be bad for me? (Detailed Risks) There are no known risks to participating in this study.
What happens to the information collected for the research? 
We will make every effort to limit the use and disclosure of your personal information, including research study and medical records, only to people who have a need to review this information. We cannot promise complete confidentiality. Organizations that may inspect and copy your information include the IRB, Human Research Protection Program, and other authorized representatives of Virginia Tech.
All collected data will be backed to a disk drive with password security protection and stored in a locked cabinet at our VACSE Lab, located at Whittemore 529. Only research team members listed in the protocol submitted to the VT IRB will have access to study data. In accordance with the Data Protection Act, the data will be kept securely during the period of analysis of results. After this time, the data will be kept securely on a password-protected computer for seven years following the analysis of results.
If identifiers are removed from your private information or samples that are collected during this research, that information or those samples could be used for future research studies or distributed to another investigator for future research studies without your additional informed consent. The results of this research study may be presented in summary form at conferences, in presentations, reports to the sponsor, in academic papers, and as part of a thesis/dissertation.
What else do I need to know?
If you agree to take part in this research study, you will also receive $10 in an amazon gift card (through email) or e-check (need to register HokieMark) for your time and effort.
For participants in course ISE 3614 in spring 2023, you can also choose to receive course credits (0.5 credits) for your time and effort.
Your information and samples (both identifiable and de-identified) might be used to create products or to deliver services, including some that may be sold and/or make money for others. If this happens, there are no plans to tell you, pay you, or give any compensation to you or your family. We will not offer to share your individual test results with you. You may accept or decline these results. 
I have read the Consent Form and conditions of this project. I have had all my questions answered. I hereby acknoledge the above and give my voluntary consent:
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