General Chair


AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, USA

Dr. C. Y. David Yang is the Executive Director of AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and he oversees the day-to-day operations of this non-profit research and education organization. Previously, he was with U.S. Department of Transportation. Dr. Yang attended Purdue University and received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the field of civil engineering.

Technical Program Co-Chairs

Bill Horrey

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, USA
Bill Horrey is the Traffic Research Group Leader at the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. He earned his Ph.D in engineering psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Horrey currently serves as the Publications Division Chair and as an Associate Editor for the Human Factors journal. He is the current Chair of the Transportation Research Board AND10 Vehicle User Characteristics committee.
Bill Horrey

Satoshi Kitazaki

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan
Dr. Kitazaki received his Bachelor’s  and Master’s degree of engineering from Kyoto University Japan, and Ph.D. from the University of Southampton UK. He had been working for Nissan Motor as a human-factors engineer (1985-2012). After working as a professor at the University of Iowa US (2012-2015), he was invited to the current position, Director of Automotive Human Factors Research Center, AIST, Japan. Dr. Kitazaki also has been leading a national project of Japan on human factors in automated driving for two phases (2016-2019, 2019-2022).

Shadan Sadeghian

University of Siegen, Germany

Shadan Sadeghian is a post doc researcher at Experience & Interaction group at the University of Siegen in Germany. She has previously worked as a researcher in OFFIS institute for IT, Fraunhofer FKIE, and the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany. Her research focuses on designing human machine interfaces for automated vehicles, exploring multimodal interaction, and user experience in automated vehicles. She has been serving as publication chair, student volunteer chair, and work-in-progress chair in the last AutomotiveUI conferences.

Hybrid Work in Progress Co-Chairs

Jim Jenness

Westat, USA

Dr. James Jenness is an Associate Director and manager of research in Westat’s Center for Transportation, Technology, and Safety Research. He has more than 25 years of professional experience conducting projects in transportation, visual perception, and communications. He has directed research projects for U.S. DOT clients, safety organizations, and automobile manufacturers on topics such as driver distraction, automated vehicles, feedback systems for novice drivers, and voice control systems.

Yi-Ching Lee

George Mason University, USA

Yi-Ching Lee is an Assistant Professor in Human Factors in the Department of Psychology at George Mason University. Her research focuses on the theoretical advancement and practical understanding of real-world behavioral issues in the context of human-technology interactions. Dr. Lee has served as the PI and co-PI on multiple federal grants and is a past program chair of the Surface Transportation Technical Group of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Anuj Pradhan

University of Massachusetts, USA

Dr. Anuj K. Pradhanis an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and co-Director of the Human Performance Laboratory. He has led research on driver training, automated vehicles, and advanced driver assistance systems. Dr. Pradhan is a contributing editor of the Journal of Law and Mobility and is a past chair of the Surface Transportation Technical Group of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. 

Bruce Walker

Georgia Tech, USA
Bruce N. Walker is a Professor of Psychology and of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. His Sonification Lab studies multimodal interfaces, including sonification and auditory displays, in complex task environments such as driving. He teaches HCI, Sensation & Perception, and Assistive Technology; and has consulted for NASA, state and federal governments, the military, and private companies.

Hybrid Workshop Co-Chairs

Shan Bao

University of Michigan, USA
Dr. Bao is an Associate Professor in the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department, University of Michigan-Dearborn, and an Associate Research Scientist in the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute’s Human Factors Group. Her research interests are human factors issues related to connected and automated vehicle technologies, ADAS system evaluation, and big data analysis. She has served as the PI or co-PI of 47 projects, and as the chair of the Surface Transportation Technical Group of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. 

Winnie Chen

SUNY Buffalo, USA
Dr. Huei-Yen “Winnie” Chen is an Assistant Professor in Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University at Buffalo. Her research goals are to understand and promote safer and more effective human-machine performance in complex systems such as transportation and healthcare. Dr. Chen and her students design interfaces for automated driving systems, examine ways to train for driver-automation interactions, and work with pharmacists and physicians to address problems on polypharmacy.

Ian Reagan

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, USA
Ian Reagan is a senior research scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Since joining the Institute in 2012, Dr. Reagan has conducted research on how drivers use and adapt to technology in vehicles, including technology that is built-in to vehicles, such as collision avoidance and driver assistance systems, and portable devices such as smartphones. Previously, he worked for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as a research psychologist. Dr. Reagan received a bachelor's degree and a doctorate in psychology from Old Dominion University.

Jaka Sodnik

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Jaka Sodnik is a Professor for the field of Electrical Engineering, at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana. His research focuses on human factor and human-machine interaction in vehicles. He leads research projects focusing on methods for driver evaluation and profiling as well as mechanisms for assessing performance and safety of autonomous vehicles. He advises and supervises R&D department of Nervtech d.o.o., a Slovenian company developing state-of-the-art motion driving simulators and simulation technologies for AV testing and validation.

Doctoral Colloquium Co-Chairs

Birsen Donmez

University of Toronto, Canada
Birsen Donmez is a professor at the University of Toronto, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department and is the Canada Research Chair in Human Factors and Transportation. Her research interests are centered on understanding and improving human behavior and performance in multi-task and complex situations, using a wide range of analytical techniques. She has served as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, and as the General Chair for AutomotiveUI’18.

Andreas Riener

Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, Germany

Andreas Riener is professor for Human Machine Interface and Virtual Reality at Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI) with co-appointment at the CARISSMA research center. He is program manager for User Experience Design and leads the Usability research/UXD and driving simulator labs. In 2017, he founded the interdisciplinary Human-Computer Interaction Group. His research interests include ergonomics, driver state assessment, and trust/acceptance/ethics in automated driving.

Publication Co-Chairs

Ignacio Alvarez

Intel Corporation, USA
Ignacio Alvarez is senior Research Scientist at the Autonomous Driving Research Lab in Intel Labs. Previously, he worked for 8 years at BMW leading R&D and product development for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Vehicle Telematics Services and User Interfaces. Ignacio received his International Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of the Basque Country and Clemson University in the field of Driver Assistance Systems. His research focus is the development of intelligent automated vehicles that augment human mobility with safer and more enjoyable experiences.

Jing Feng

North Carolina State University, USA
Jing Feng is an Associate Professor of Human Factors and Applied Cognition in the Department of Psychology at NC State University, with an adjunct appointment in the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and is part of the transportation human factors consortium in the Institute of Transportation Research and Education. Her research interests include human attention and cognition, human factors in driving and display design. She has served on the Standing Committee of Vehicle User Characteristics (AND10) of the Transportation Research Board.

Alexander Mirnig

University of Salzburg, Austria

Alexander Mirnig is a Research Fellow at the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Salzburg, Austria. He has been involved in multiple research projects, has published in several international conferences and journals, and was involved in the development of the Austrian RDI roadmap for automated vehicles. His main research areas are safe and effective control transitions in Level 3+ automated vehicles, trust in automation and interactive technologies, ethics in automation, design patterns, and cross-discipline knowledge transfer.

Missie Smith

Oakland University, USA

Dr. Missie Smith is Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Director of the Human Centered Engineering Lab at Oakland University. Dr. Smith earned her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech, and her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Mississippi State University. Dr. Smith’s research focuses on the impact of technology on people’s behaviors, trust, and decision-making. In addition to teaching and research, she is passionate about mentoring and incorporating art into her engineering projects.

Sponsorship Co-Chairs

Greg Fitch

Google, USA

Greg Fitch leads the Android Auto User Experience Research team at Google, where he is working to create a safe and seamless connected experience in every car. Previously, he worked at Apple and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. Dr. Fitch is an experienced researcher of driver performance with technology and has specialized in driver distraction and automated vehicles. He received his Ph.D. from the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech in 2009.

Chris Monk

Exponent, USA

Chris Monk, Ph.D. is a Senior Managing Scientist with Exponent, Inc. He is an internationally respected researcher and thought-leader on driver inattention, in-vehicle safety systems, driver performance, automated vehicle human-machine interactions, and driver behavior. Previously, he was head of human factors research at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), responsible for developing, planning, conducting, and coordinating NHTSA’s human factors research program.

Web, Publicity & Social Media Co-Chairs

Kuan-Ting Chen

SUNY Buffalo, USA

Kuan-Ting Chen is a Ph.D. student in the department of Industrial and Systems Engineering with Human Factors concentration at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). He is interested in understanding and improving driver behavior with in-vehicle driver-assistance systems and autonomous vehicle. His main research works include driving simulator studies, eye-tracking as well as driver behavioral data analysis.

Brittany Holthausen

Georgia Tech, USA

Brittany is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Engineering Psychology at Georgia Institute of Technology. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Masters of Science in Psychology from Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on trust in automated driving, evaluating automation reliability displays, and determining the impact of training on trust calibration in automated driving.

Jingyi Li

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

Jingyi Li is a PhD student in Media Informatics at the University of Munich. She works on the virtual restorative environments in vehicles simulated in immersive media, aiming to enhance the user experience of relaxation in automated vehicles. Previously, she earned her B.E. degree in Industrial Design and M.F.A. degree in Media Art and Design.

Philipp Wintersberger

CARISSMA, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt,  Germany

Philipp Wintersberger is a researcher at the research center CARISSMA/THI and obtained his diploma in Computer Science from Johannes Kepler University Linz specializing in Human-Computer-Interaction and Computer Vision. Currently, he conducts research in the area of Human Factors and Driving Ergonomics, focusing on Trust in Automation, Intelligent and Attentive User Interfaces, as well as Augmented and Virtual Reality.

Diversity & Inclusion Co-Chairs

Myounghoon ‘Philart’ Jeon

Virginia Tech, USA
Myounghoon Jeon is an Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Computer Science at Virginia Tech. His Mind Music Machine Lab is conducting research on Human-Computer Interaction and Human-Robot Interaction with focus on emotion and sound. He serves as President of the International Community for Auditory Display and as associate editor for International Journal of Human Computer-Studies, Presence, and Ergonomics in Design. Currently, he is editing a book, “User Experience Design in the Era of Automated Driving” with AutoUI colleagues.

Andrew Kun

University of New Hampshire, USA
Andrew L. Kun is 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 AutomotiveUI conference series, program co-chair of the 2020 ACM Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interactions (TEI) conference, and program co-chair of the 2020 ACM MobileHCI conference. As of January 2020 he is also the ACM SIGCHI Interim Vice President for Conferences.

Virtual Conference Coordinator

Joanne But

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, USA

Joanne But is the Foundation’s program coordinator. She serves as the liaison and first point of contact for AAA National and AAA clubs. Additionally, she coordinates current and upcoming research projects and outreach activities. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.