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Seminar: The Future of Work and Wellbeing in Automated Vehicles

October 16, 2019 at 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location:238 MacOdrum Library

This event is part of the NSERC CREATE Collaborative Learning in Usability Experiences Seminar Series.

Speakers: Andrew Kun, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of New Hampshire

& Joanne Harbluk, Human Factors Specialist, Transport Canada

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Automated driving systems (ADS) fundamentally change the activities of driving. In some instances they provide support and assistance for drivers while driving. In others, drivers may disengage from the task of driving entirely to take on other activities.

These new roles and responsibilities for humans and their vehicles provide new and exciting challenges to design for interactions that are pleasant and productive as well as safe.

In this workshop we will explore human-vehicle interaction design to support these new relationships. We’ll start with an overview of Automated Driving Systems, present some scenarios and design considerations. Following discussions, each group will create a prototype or mockup to address the issues in their chosen human-vehicle scenario.



Andrew Kun is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Hampshire, and Director of the UNH Human-Computer Interaction Lab. His primary research interest is in-vehicle human-computer interaction. He serves as Steering Committee Co-Chair of the ACM Automotive UI conference series, program Co-Chair of the 2020 ACM Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interactions (TEI) Conference, and program Co-Chair of the 2020 ACM Mobile HCI Conference.

Joanne Harbluk leads research in the Human Factors and Crash Avoidance Division at Transport Canada. Current work is focused on human-vehicle interaction with automated vehicles, both inside and outside the vehicle, with the goal of improving safety. She is active in national and international research projects and committees contributing to the development of guidelines, standards and regulations. She has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and, prior to joining Transport Canada, was an International Research Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. She is an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Psychology here at Carleton.