Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote - Nilli Lavie, FBA


Nilli Lavie is a Professor of Psychology and Brain Sciences at UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, where she heads the Attention and Cognitive Control laboratory. She is an elected fellow of the British Academy, Royal Society of Biology, British Psychological Society, the Association for Psychological Science, US; and an honorary life member of the Experimental Psychological Society, UK. Among the awards she received are the British Psychological Society award for ‘outstanding contribution to research on human cognition’ and the Experimental Psychological Society ‘Mid-Career award’ for her distinguished research record.  She is renowned for her ‘Load Theory’ of attention, perception and cognitive control, which has provided a resolution to the four-decades long debate in Cognitive Sciences on the locus of capacity limits in human information processing.

Her research concerns attention, perception, multi-sensory integration, emotion, and cognitive control over behavior. She uses a combination of research methods spanning neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG, MEG, Spectroscopy), behavioral experiments, psychophysics, and machine learning. Prof Lavie’s research is supported by Toyota Motor Europe and Jaguar Land Rover, to address the fundamentals of human brain and cognition during driving.

She was previously a scientist at the MRC Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge, UK; A postdoctoral Miller research fellow at UC Berkeley; and has received her PhD and BA degrees from Tel Aviv University.

Keynote Abstract

Understanding Auto-UI in Highly Automated Driving: A Cognitive Neuroscience Approach

Advances in cognitive neuroscience allow us to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which human mind and brain interacts with tasks and their interfaces. In this talk, I describe our application of a cognitive neuroscience approach to establish several ground principles of the human mind and brain engagement during driving, with a focus on Highly Automated Driving (HAD). HAD involves new forms of user interaction with the car interfaces, including the opportunity for the user to engage in a wide range of non-driving tasks and activities during the autonomous driving mode. I describe our work using a combination of brain science (specifically neuroimaging with Electroencephalography (EEG) and functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy), computer vision (deep learning predictive models), physiological (e.g. pupillometry) and behavioural performance measures, as well as psychological tests to establish new understanding of driver task engagement (including in non-driving tasks) during HAD. This work offers both general principles and specific methods to measure and monitor user engagement levels, and their impact on attention, perception and task switching ability (for example upon the presentation of a takeover request). We have also begun to establish individual differences in these cognitive capacities, paving the way for the design of personalised Auto UI.

Closing Keynote - Regina Bernhaupt


Regina Bernhaupt is Full Professor of Measuring and Analyzing Quality of Dynamic Real Life Systems. Making people's lives better by understanding how, when and why interactive systems fail is the driving force behind Bernhaupt’s research. Her focus is on how to evaluate technologies during all design and development phases – from idea generation to product deployment. In her work, she studies how to evaluate usability and user experience in various contexts, especially for entertainment-oriented products and services. Bernhaupt’s background is in artificial intelligence, computer science and psychology. She is an active member of the human-computer interaction community and has organized conferences and workshops. She has also worked in various EU-funded and national projects and with the interdisciplinary team at the ICT&S Center, giving her a deep experience with interdisciplinary work, within institutions as well as projects. Her book on Games User Experience Evaluation (published with Springer) has become a classic for UX evaluation methods education. Her work on interaction concepts in industry has been awarded several red dot awards (over 12) including the Best of the Best for TICTACTILE in 2017.

Regina Bernhaupt studied Psychology and Applied Informatics at the University of Salzburg, Austria, and received her PhD there in Summer 2002, on artificial time-coded neural networks. In 2009, she completed her habilitation qualifications at Université Paul Sabatier in Toulose, France. In 2007, she started as Invited Professor at the IRIT in Toulose and as User Experience Research Director at award-winning design firm Ruwido Austria. In 2017, she accepted a Full Professorship at Eindhoven University of Technology. She also still works as research director for Ruwido. Bernhaupt is currently acting as VP for Membership and Communication in the Executive Committee of SIGCHI and is founder for the ACM SIGCHI CHI PLAY Conference.

Keynote Abstract

Flying Cars, Autonomous Driving or Robots as Drivers?
Applying a Systemic Design Perspective

The successful introduction of novel designs and concepts into the automotive market is typically constrained by a variety of stakeholders ranging from governments deciding on new laws to the individual perspective of a consumer deciding to buy a car. In this talk Regina Bernhaupt explains a systemic change design perspective helping to understand the complicated processes one has to face when designing for flying cars, autonomous driving or even robots that could replace humans as drivers. Based on a set of inspirations, how our future might look like, this talk will elaborate the details on how the Automotive UI community should move forward, to make their innovations and vision become part of our future.