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Workshops & Doctoral Colloquium
at the University of Washington – Seattle Campus

Doctoral Colloquium – Wednesday, 17th September

Time Wednesday, September 17th, 2014, 1PM - 5PM
University of Washington, Mary Gates Hall, Room 097
(12:00 - 13:00 Lunch provided by the conference)
13:00 - 13:15 Opening and introduction
  • short round of introductions (Panelists, PhD students)
  • opening address by Linda Boyle, Conference host and AutoUI 2014 General Chair
13:15 - 14:45 PhD Presentations & Discussion Round I (30min. per student)
  • PhD student 1
  • PhD student 2
  • PhD student 3
14:45 - 15:15 Coffee break
15:15 - 16:45 PhD Presentations & Discussion Round II (30min. per student)
  • PhD student 4
  • PhD student 5
  • PhD student 6
16:45 - 16:50 DC Closing and Clean-Up

  • Paul Green, University of Michigan, Transportation Research Institute
  • John Krumm, Microsoft Research
  • Albrecht Schmidt, University of Stuttgart
  • Carryl L. Baldwin, George Mason University
  • Jim Foley, Toyota

We will do our best to get all participants (panelists, students) on the last shuttle to Motif Seattle immediately after the DC. If you want to use some time to walk around the campus, etc., it is really very easy to get back to hotel on public transit – see the information on "Workshop Shuttles" below.

Note: Participation in the doctoral colloqium is closed for the public (on invitation only).

Workshop Shuttles

Chartered bus transportation will be provided to workshop registrants between the conference venue, Motif Seattle and the University of Washington (UW) campus, where all workshops will take place.

Please note CHARTERED BUS SHUTTLE SCHEDULE (Wednesday only):
Buses depart starting 7:30 AM from Motif Seattle (1415 Fifth Ave., Seattle, WA) to UW, stopping on George Washington Lane, near Red Square. Meet in the main lobby and board buses outside of front door, on 5th Ave. A volunteer from UW will be there to assist.

At least one shuttle will depart from UW to return participants to Motif Seattle between 12:30 and 1:30 PM, while another bus will pick up afternoon-only workshop attendees departing Motif at Noon, to be at UW by 12:30 PM. (Workshops start or resume at 1:30 PM.)

Local maps, bus info and shuttle assistance will be available in Mary Gates Commons. Check with onsite logistics coordinator at the lunch break for updates.

The final shuttles leave UW campus (using same boarding and drop-off area on George Washington Lane) at 4:30 PM, with trips provided as needed back to the conference venue. Trip time each way is 25 - 30 minutes, depending on traffic.

If you are not at the bus by scheduled departure times, then you will need to make your own transportation arrangements. If you wish to take public transportation, there are METRO buses that run regularly between downtown and the University District. See Routes 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 & 75 on the Trip Planner website for specific stops and schedules.

If you are driving to campus you are responsible for parking fees.


W1: Social, Natural, and Peripheral Interactions: Together and Separate


  • Andreas Riener, Institute for Pervasive Computing, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
  • Myhounghoon Jeon, Mind Music Machine Lab, Michigan Technological University, USA
  • Bastian Pfleging, Institute for Visualization and Interactive Systems, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Ignacio Alvarez, BMW CRM & Connected Drive, Beijing, China
  • Mario Chiesa, Istituto Superiore Mario Boella Torino, Italy
  • Heiko Müller, OFFIS – Institute for Information Technology, Oldenburg, Germany
  • Andreas Löcken, OFFIS – Institute for Information Technology, Oldenburg, Germany


A major challenge in the future of traffic is to understand how “socially-aware vehicles” could be making use of their social habitus, formed by any information that can be inferred from past and present social relations, social interactions, and a driver’s social state when exposed to other participants in real, live traffic. The aim of this workshop – in recognition of this challenge – is to advance on a common understanding of the symbiosis between drivers, cars, and the infrastructure. The central objective of the workshop is to provoke an active debate on the adequacy of the concept of social, natural, and peripheral interaction, addressing questions such as “who can communicate what”, “when”, “how”, and “why”? To tackle these questions, we would like to collect different, radical, innovative, versatile, and engaging works that challenge or re-imagine human interactions in the near future automobile space.

W2: Cognitive load and In-Vehicle Human-Machine Interaction (CLW)


  • Andrew L. Kun, University of New Hampshire, USA
  • Peter Froehlich, Telecommunications Research Center Vienna, Austria
  • Bryan Reimer, AgeLab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Paul A. Green, Transportation Research Institute, University of Michigan, USA
  • Peter A. Heeman, Center for Spoken Language Understanding, Oregon Health and Science University, USA
  • W. Thomas Miller, III, University of New Hampshire, USA
  • Ivan Tashev, Microsoft Research, USA
  • Shamsi Iqbal, Microsoft Research, USA
  • Thomas M. Gable, Sonification Lab, Georgia Tech, USA


Interactions with in-vehicle electronic devices can interfere with the primary task of driving and increase crash risk. Interactions with in-vehicle interfaces draw upon visual, manipulative and cognitive resources, with this workshop focusing on cognitive resources for which measurement processes are less well known or established. This workshop will focus on two methods of measuring cognitive load, the Decision Response Time Task and collecting eye fixation data. The workshop will describe and demonstrate how they are collected, and discuss how the resulting data are reduced and analyzed. The focus will be on practical aspects of collecting and analyzing data using these methods, not on reporting research results.

W3: Pointing towards future automotive HMIs: The potential for gesture interaction


  • Linda Angell, Touchstone Evaluations, Inc., USA
  • Yu Zhang, DENSO International America, Inc., USA


Gesture provides a new design space for in-vehicle human-machine interaction. It could potentially mitigate emerging conflicts between the increasing functionality of today’s vehicles and the very limited space that is available for implementing these functions within the driver’s reach. However, because gesture requires manual input, it may cause unintended consequences for drivers rather than supporting concurrent driving tasks as it is meant to do. This workshop will explore the potential of in-vehicle gesture interaction, as well as the cautions that must be exercised during its implementation. Participants will contribute to the discussion of design guidelines for gesture interaction; discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of gesture interaction based on properties of secondary tasks; will propose promising uses of gesture for in-vehicle interaction; and will advise systematic approaches for guiding the development of gesture interactions that will minimize the impact to or even facilitate primary driving tasks. The discussion within this workshop will also consider the different phases of automation as a design factor and discuss how to adapt gesture interactions to the changing demands in manual driving control.

W4: EVIS 2014 3rd Workshop on Electric Vehicle Information Systems


  • Sebastian Osswald, Technische Universität München, Germany
  • Sebastian Loehmann, University of Munich (LMU), Germany
  • Anders Lundström, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Ronald Schroeter, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Andreas Butz, University of Munich (LMU), Germany
  • Markus Lienkamp, Technische Universität München, Germany


The effort to push the electric vehicle development worldwide is continuously rising. Production sites for electric vehicle components are built, billions are invested to create new battery electric vehicle concepts (BEV) and new players are entering the market. The information systems of electric vehicles (EVIS) need to cope with a variety of new features that are related to changes of vehicle components and driving behavior, but also with changes and new systems that are silently introduced into the vehicles. Sustainability, mobility concepts and smart mobility are just a few points out of many that can be attributed to the “silent” category. With this workshop, we continue to bring together researchers, designers and practitioners to explore the related field and generate a state of the art perspective on EVIS.

W5: Human Factors Design Principles for the Driver-Vehicle Interface (DVI)


  • John L. Campbell, Battelle, USA
  • Christian M. Richard, Battelle, USA
  • L. Paige Bacon, Battelle, USA
  • Zachary R. Doerzaph, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, USA


The Human Factors Design Principles for the Driver-Vehicle Interface (DVI) are based on the findings of current high-quality research (including both the best-available scientific literature, as well as current research being conducted by agencies of the United States Department of Transportation), as well as basic human factors concepts. These design principles are provided as a complementary resource to other documents and resources, as well as an augment to industry research and existing guidance from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The information within this document may be useful to researchers, designers, and original equipment manufacturers and Tier-1 suppliers seeking to ensure the compatibility of DVIs with driver limitations and capabilities. This workshop will provide an overview of the process used to develop the design principles, the format and content of the design principles, and provide an opportunity for workshop participants to provide feedback on the design principles.

W6: Designing for People: Keeping the User in mind


  • JohnRobert Wilson, User Experience (UX) Group, Fujitsu Ten Corp. of America
  • Jenny Le, User Experience (UX) Group, Fujitsu Ten Corp. of America


When designing systems that will be used by people it is paramount that everyone involved remembers that key point; the system is to be used by a person, the user. This is at the core of User Centered Design but how exactly do we accomplish this.

The workshop will focus on various User Centered Design processes, with an emphasis on hands on techniques for identify key insights about users, and using those to inform decision making processes throughout the development process.

Key to this will be participant analysis of these processes with the goal of comparison, refinement, and improvement to these processes that can be used during the coming year.

W7: 2nd Workshop on User Experience of Autonomous Driving at AutomotiveUI 2014


  • Alexander Meschtscherjakov, University of Salzburg, Austria
  • Manfred Tscheligi, University of Salzburg, Austria
  • Dalila Szostak, Google, USA
  • Rabindra Ratan, Michigan State University, USA
  • Ioannis Politis, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Roderick McCall, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Sven Krome, RMIT University, Australia


Autonomous Driving has gained attention from academia and industry over the last decades. Research organizations and companies have developed (semi-)autonomous vehicles and first in-situ studies have been conducted. This workshop follows last years first AUI workshop on user experience (UX) and autonomous driving (AD). We would like to widen the conversation on UX and AD based on the results from last year. The focus lays in an in depth discussion on challenges and potentials for UX and AD among experts and researchers. We will explore various areas such as methodological issues, human factors, entertainment, social driving, and novel user interface approaches. The overall aim of the workshop is to discuss the future landscape for research within and across each these areas.

W8: Wearable Technologies for Automotive User Interfaces: Danger or Opportunity?


  • Maurizio Caon, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, Switzerland
  • Leonardo Angelini, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, Switzerland
  • Elena Mugellini, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, Switzerland
  • Michele Tagliabue, Paris Descartes University, France
  • Paolo Perego, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Giuseppe Andreoni, Politecnico di Milano, Italy


Wearable technologies are spreading into human’s everyday life. Smart bracelets, watches and glasses promise to provide us with ready-at-hand access to several information and interaction possibilities. What happens when these technologies enter the car? Are they a mere danger or can also offer information and interaction opportunities that can improve the vehicle inhabitants’ user experience and safety?

This workshop aims to discuss all the opportunities and dangers that such technologies not only are already bringing in nowadays vehicles, but could also bring in future semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles.