Preliminary Conference Programme



Day 1: Tuesday 21 May

Networking Breakfast
08:00 - 08:50

Join us on the opening morning for our complimentary networking breakfast. All speakers, delegates, and sponsors are invited to attend.

Keynote Opening Session
09:00 - 12:45

Moderator

Dr Frederik Diederichs
Senior researcher
Fraunhofer IAO
GERMANY

09:00

Trust and Collaboration : Design for Autonomous Vehicles

Tom Wellings
Principal Designer, User Experience at Huemen Design Agency
Harman International
BELGIUM
The promise of autonomous vehicles is that they will allow journeys without any need for driving input from their users, thereby opening up new possibilities for the use of this time. To reach that point however, the issue of lack of trust between driver and automated vehicle needs to be confronted. Harman propose that through understanding users’ preferred driving style and their moods a more collaborative relationship with respect to vehicle control can be established between human and machine.

09:30

Forget the tech: focus on the customer

Jaime Moreno
CEO
Mormedi
SPAIN
Although most experts predict that AVs will eventually overtake traditional vehicles, there are still many unknowns regarding use cases and how these may differ between different contexts and countries. What are the jobs to be done? In a world where cost and convenience become the key decision factors, what happens to brand and differentiation? What will be the services that will generate value for passengers and providers? How will these needs influence the design of the HMI, exterior and interior design? In order to reduce uncertainty, deep customer knowledge and the ability to design for real needs will be key.

10:00

Designing bubbles: digital magic for analog users

Dr Thorsten Bohnenberger
Marketing director
Faurecia Interior Systems
GERMANY
About three years ago, Faurecia started to intensify its efforts to meet the requirements of the CASE mega-trends. Connectivity, autonomous driving, shared mobility and electrification are the four well-known drivers of the transformation process, which Faurecia is currently undergoing together with the whole automotive industry. Learn about cutting-edge ‘Cockpit of the Future’ technologies and innovations that will enable amazing user experiences in the CASE context. Take a look at the challenges of the transformation process, from the perspective of one of the largest automotive suppliers, and see how Faurecia managed to overcome the transformation roadblocks.

10:30 - 11:15

Break

11:15

Validation of driver monitoring systems

Dr Wolfgang Stolzmann
Lead engineer and consultant ADAS systems
CMORE Automotive GmbH
GERMANY
It sounds like a paradox, but autonomous driving is the enabler for driver monitoring systems in mass-production vehicles. To reach high and full automation (Levels 4 and 5), conditional automation (Level 3) must be established. To guarantee that the driver is able to take over responsibility, inattentiveness and sleepiness must be detected. This can only be done by a driver monitoring system. CMORE is a global partner for the validation of driver monitoring systems (DMS) including ground truth systems concepts, ground truth systems development and setup, ground truth system integration into the vehicle and data collection.

11:45

Finding your way and spending your time in a robo-taxi

Dr Nils Lenke
Senior director innovation management automotive
Nuance Communications
GERMANY
The presentation will cover two new concepts for 'robo-taxi' passengers. Using gaze detection, a 3D model of the environment and voice interaction, passengers will be able to negotiate changes in their trips by saying things like, "Let me out at that ATM and pick me up in five minutes". And using new glass technology, debuted at CES 2019, the windshield and windows of the vehicle will become fully functional displays for interaction and augmented reality, visible to everyone (not just the driver as in HUD solutions). The presentation will include results from usability studies on both technologies.

12:15

Stepping stones towards level 5 autonomy

John Tighe
Design director transport
JPA Design
UK
William Harbidge
Lead industrial designer
JPA Design
UK
The convergence of user experiences between autonomous automotive and aviation is increasingly highlighted. The risk of being overtaken by parallel industries that seem to have a better understanding of this sector remains. Although we can begin to imagine how this can impact Level 5 autonomy, what are the steps to take toward this with nearer-term vehicles? The presentation will discuss lessons from the aviation sector, both from a design and a materials perspective.

12:45 - 14:00

Lunch

Afternoon Session
14:00 - 17:45

Moderator

Richard Searle
Lead automotive designer
SeymourPowell
UK

14:00

Cars drive themselves. Now, what drives UX?

Emanuel Angelescu
CEO
Humain GmbH
GERMANY
With the rise of autonomous cars, the questions around UX seem, at first glance, to be pretty easy to answer. Without the responsibility of steering the car and watching the road, a bright future awaits. Just lean back and relax inside a comfortable cocoon full of entertainment marvels. Assuming the passenger UX is more or less solved, a whole new set of challenges appears on the horizon. Let us take a step back and check if there is more to it. How is a new autonomous actor to be integrated into a human world?

14:30

Improve comfort and safety, and reduce the cost of vehicle interiors

Jérôme Regnault
Product marketing engineer
ESI Group
FRANCE
With the advent of autonomous vehicles, the interior layout will be completely rethought, and interior components will have to evolve. For example, the fact that seats could move about and swivel makes the usual static climate systems, and some safety equipment, inefficient. Moreover, new materials and thermal devices will be added to seats. Checking static seating and thermal performance in different layouts with real prototypes could be very time-consuming and expensive. An alternative approach is iteration during the conception phase with virtual prototypes. This paper will give examples of how this approach can be applied to interior thermal management and safety.

15:00

Designing autonomous vehicles – the opportunities and challenges

Carsten Astheimer
MD
Astheimer Design
UK
The automotive industry is at its most significant crossroads in the last 100 years, as several key factors are creating a perfect storm of change: the maturation of new technologies, environmental issues, government regulation, congestion, commonization of platforms, and the opening up of the start-up economy. These changes are creating new challenges and opportunities for the automotive industry. The companies, governments and associations with the vision to harness these opportunities and satisfy the needs and desires of customers will be the new leaders in the next chapter in automotive history.

15:30 - 16:15

Break

16:15

Adding freedom to car design

Simon Jones
Commercial director
FlexEnable
UK
Almost every new car today has a flat, rectangular satnav or infotainment screen dominating the central console. These LCD screens are getting bigger and bigger and are often the only flat surfaces left in the vehicle, disrupting the form and flow of the interior space and limiting ergonomic options for designers. So why not replace these flat panel displays with something more aesthetically pleasing, that still offers the same visibility and functionality without creating design ‘dead spots’ in the dashboard? This talk will discuss a new plastic display technology known as Organic Liquid Crystal Display, its performance and in-vehicle applications.

16:45

Future of mobility – autonomous vehicle concepts

Jonny Culkin
Designer
Seymourpowell
UK
In this talk, Jonny will explore a variety of autonomy-related visions, supported by examples of original Seymourpowell concepts. Seymourpowell has experience designing all modes of transport, and it is this bandwidth of knowledge that allows the company to understand how the automotive industry can leverage valuable knowledge from the aviation business to unlock the full potential of autonomous vehicles. Alongside this, the presentation will discuss how AVs have the potential to recalibrate our relationship with a vehicle, from questioning how we define the thrill of driving, to challenging our definition of a ‘commute,’ right through to providing a new paradigm of public retail spaces.

17:15

AV interior designs in VR

Sofia Lewandowski
AV user experience
HFM (Hanseatische Fahrzeug Manufaktur GmbH)
GERMANY
Hanseatische Fahrzeug Manufaktur GmbH (HFM) is an engineering company that provides highly automated and electric technology solutions. Its products include Motionboard, an accessible and modular platform for custom use cases including the definition of interior designs for special customer requests. The company works with its customers to create different interior concepts by demonstrating some predefined interior solutions in virtual reality and recreating these together, working on the interior package in real time. In the very early design development stages, HFM considers accessible solutions so as to include as many users as possible in the AV concepts.

Day 2: Wednesday 22 May

Morning Session
09:00 - 12:45

Moderator

Dr Frederik Diederichs
Senior researcher
Fraunhofer IAO
GERMANY

09:00

New levels of automation – now from the user perspective

Dr Frederik Diederichs
Senior researcher
Fraunhofer IAO
GERMANY
SAE, NHTSA, BAST and more: definitions of automated driving put the focus on system performance. But random drivers will not be able to distinguish five or more levels of automation. Soon vehicles will offer driverless route sections (Level 4) in between route sections where the driver is responsible (Level 3-0). Design for mode awareness requires a new definition of the driver role and responsibility from a human point of view. New interior elements emerging in passenger cars and trucks can support HMI for mode awareness and safe transitions. Automation also plays an important role as an HMI element. The presentation will provide an ambitious outlook on a human-centered mobile future.

09:30

HMI and testing activities in the H2020 project BRAVE

Dr Niklas Strand
Researcher
VTI
SWEDEN
The presentation will provide an overview of the H2020 project 'Bridging gaps for the adoption of automated vehicles' (BRAVE) with a special focus on HMI and testing activities carried out within the project.

10:00

Human performance in traffic: its measurement and its predictors

Dr Meike Jipp
Head of human factors department
German Aerospace Center DLR
GERMANY
The introduction of autonomous cars on European roads is expected to improve road safety. This is why these cars need to outperform human drivers. For such comparisons, a definition of human performance in traffic and a methodology for its assessment need to be available. Within the scope of this presentation, such a definition and a methodology will be introduced and discussed. Moreover, the presentation will look at which variables influence human performance in traffic and how empathic system design can avoid the (negative) impact of these variables on human performance.

10:30 - 11:15

Break

11:15

The interior changes with automation – what about the exterior?

Dr Claudia Ackermann
Research assistant / postdoc
TU Chemnitz
GERMANY
With automation, the interior of the car will change: no controls, windows as displays, etc. Will the exterior change as well? Do we need more signals in traffic in order to recognize highly automated cars? What HMI has been proposed and what is actually needed to meet road users' requirements? Do we have other means for communication between connected and non-connected traffic participants? The presentation gives answers to such questions and provides an insight into lessons learned from extensively testing vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) communication. For example, we identify cues that indicate the intentions of highly automated vehicles (e.g. to give way) to VRU.

11:45

HMI and driver monitoring regulation and Euro NCAP review

Alain Piperno
Autonomous vehicle testing and homologation expert
UTAC CERAM
FRANCE
The presentation will cover: HMI and driver monitoring UN-ECE ADAS and AD regulation and standardization review; HMI and driver monitoring Euro NCAP review and gradings for SAE Level 2 vehicles; HMI and driver monitoring Euro NCAP working group for SAE Level 3 vehicles; external HMI – regulation review, BRAVE project example with GRAIL external HMI; UTAC new CAV proving grounds TEQMO; and digital official tracks and scenarios. UTAC CERAM is a worldwide reference in testing and homologation, and an accredited lab for Euro NCAP tests and for French type approval tests.

12:15

The monkey's brain in a rolling robot

Dr Peter Rössger
Founder and CEO
beyond HMI
GERMANY
In this focused presentation the relationship between humans, with all their genetic heritage, and autonomous driving will be presented. Points to discuss are: anthropology – what makes a human human, the core differentiation; wrap up – the one-slide human history; psychology – human cognition and information processing; driving – how many levels of autonomy can a human distinguish and control; identification – the human factors issues connected to the different levels of autonomous driving; solutions – what we can do, how today's HMI trends reflect the needs; and latest trends – a look at automotive HMIs at the CES 2019.

12:45 - 14:00

Lunch

Afternoon Session
14:00 - 17:45

Moderator

Prof Frank Flemisch
Branch head human systems integration
Fraunhofer FKIE / RWTH Aachen
GERMANY

14:00 - 14:30

Panel Discussion - How many levels of automation can a driver handle?

Dr Frederik Diederichs
Senior researcher
Fraunhofer IAO
GERMANY
Alain Piperno
Autonomous vehicle testing and homologation expert
UTAC CERAM
FRANCE
Friedrich Niehaus
Project manager
Daimler AG
GERMANY
Peter Rössger
Founder and CEO
beyond HMI
GERMANY
Moderator:
Frank Flemisch, branch head human systems integration, Fraunhofer FKIE / RWTH Aachen

14:30

Maneuver guidance and control of partially and highly automated vehicles

Prof Frank Flemisch
Branch head human systems integration
Fraunhofer FKIE / RWTH Aachen
GERMANY
The presentation will summarize the concept and the results of the BMBF Vorreiter project, in which a small consortium of universities and suppliers developed a revolutionary way of controlling a partially and highly automated vehicle, which is also compatible with today's control of manually driven and assisted vehicles. The idea was born at the Autonomous Vehicle Conference in Stuttgart four years ago. It includes pushing and stroking gestures similar to a rider-horse interaction, and is applied to a steering wheel and an unconventional device. First simulator results will be shown.

15:00

Smart HMI on steering wheel: a future perspective

Arun Muthumani
Senior research engineer, human factors
Autoliv
SWEDEN
The rise of autonomy in vehicles will change the way we interact with the steering wheel. Depending on the autonomy level, the interaction with the steering wheel could be simpler or even more complex. The presentation will discuss opportunities for novel vehicle-driver interaction with the steering wheel that could enhance the future interaction design of the wheel. Additionally, the presentation will address the possibility to integrate driver state sensing, which could aid adaptive interfaces to enhance driving experience in the future. Future steering wheels pave the way for new interaction possibilities and intelligence.

15:30 - 16:15

Break

16:15

Thrill the trucker: mobile VR simulation in UX guerrilla interviews

Friedrich Niehaus
Project manager
Daimler AG
GERMANY
How can VR help in user-centered interior and HMI developments? The presentation will discuss a new VR tool for qualitative user research. It will provide insights into the importance of context in qualitative questionnaires with naive respondents, and will also explore the silent trucker majority: why mobility is important in trucker-centered HMI developments. The presentation will also discuss cost-sensitive capital goods: user-centric design on a budget.

16:45

XR – the new automotive UX?

Patrice Reilhac
Innovation director
Valeo CDA
GERMANY
We will explore the use of XR/VR/AR in cars and make a comparison of selected concepts and use cases. The presentation will then discuss VoyageXR, the virtual passenger experience platform. This will include VoyageXR integration and the use of 4G and 5G, plus the impact this will have on future AV interiors.

17:15

Passenger activity recognition for future assistance systems in automated cars

Manuel Martin
Research assistant
Fraunhofer IOSB
GERMANY
The presentation will discuss body pose estimation, interaction recognition, activity classification and handover time modeling.

Day 3: Thursday 23 May

Morning Session
09:00 - 12:00

Moderator

Baris Cakar
Management consultant and project manager
P3 Automotive GmbH
GERMANY

09:00

The effect of environmental complexity during the handover phase in highly automated driving

Baris Cakar
Management consultant and project manager
P3 Automotive GmbH
GERMANY
Increasing development of highly automated vehicles brings many challenges to automotive manufacturers. One of these challenges is the handover phase. The driver must receive the handover request early enough to drive safely. In this talk, we will explore the effect of environmental complexity on the duration of the handover phase. To investigate this issue, we will analyze in detail a simulator study that was conducted at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence.

09:30

Ambient automotive AI – interaction between AVs and their occupants

Dr Michael Kaisser
Innovation manager
Nuance Communications
GERMANY
In this talk we will outline a few key concepts regarding the interaction between autonomous vehicles and their occupants. We will discuss speech as a central modality of user/car interactions and lay out how it will evolve over the next years. We will also present UX research and look at demo cars with more multi-modal experiences, for example integrating gesture and gaze control. Furthermore, we show how emotion recognition technologies can help an automotive assistant better understand a user’s mood and their cognitive state, thus creating a more personalized and pleasant in-car experience.

10:00

Mixed-reality evaluation of a Level 4 driverless pod design

Joscha Wasser
PhD researcher
Coventry University
UK
Driverless pods are on the verge of becoming a reality accessible to the wide public as part of public transportation systems. However, the user experience and comfort are often overlooked in these vehicles. We therefore proposed a comfort model for driverless pods, which was then used as a basis for the design of a four-seater driverless pod. The design was then used for a number of user evaluations, with the final one being a mixed reality (MR) setup. For this setup, a traditional ergonomic buck and MR were combined to conduct participant-led ergonomic and design evaluations of the interior. In this setup, participants moved freely through a virtual environment and experienced the vehicle as part of an interactive simulation that included an animated journey across a fictional technology park. The subsequent study with 100 participants from the general public using the MiCar in the MR looks into the response to the design in detail, which then led to a validation of the proposed comfort model introduced at the beginning. That study is presented here, along with an outline of the build of the mixed reality.

10:30

Future Automotive Cockpit & Storage (FACS)

Julien Robin
R&D project manager
Simoldes Plastic Division
PORTUGAL
The Future Automotive Cockpit & Storage (FACS) project aims at the design, development and demonstration of a new architecture and new modules for the interior of professional vehicles (LCV/van type), seeking to anticipate the evolutionary trend of the automotive industry toward autonomous vehicles, as well as the opportunities that this evolution brings to the interiors of commercial vehicles. It is expected that the interior design of professional vehicles will evolve significantly in its configuration, meeting not only the transportation needs of occupants, cargo and equipment, but also other needs and uses (such as working, communicating, eating and resting) arising from the free time provided by the operation of the autonomous vehicles.

11:00

User and customer experience as a basis for enhancing the relationship with your car

Olaf Preissner
Head of UX automotive
Luxoft
GERMANY
This presentation will focus on three key points. Firstly, we will examine the path from family 2.0 to greenomics. Next the focus will be on intelligent assist to mixed reality and finally, how customer expectations and technology will influence the way we interact in the age of sustainable mobility
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