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Exploring in-vehicle user interfaces at AutomotiveUI

November 21, 2016

The eighth International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications—also known as AutomotiveUI—took place at the University of Michigan in October. 

The event brought together 200 researchers primarily from the United States and Europe, including practitioners and students who are interested in both the technical and the human aspects of in-vehicle user interfaces and applications. The conference format included a mix of workshops and tutorials, scientific paper and poster sessions, and collaborative opportunities. 

Research professor Paul Green, head of the UMTRI Driver Interface Group, served as general chair of the 2016 conference. He noted that this year’s event featured approximately forty scientific papers and forty posters addressing state-of-the-art work. 

“The conference had twin goals of providing a forum for the presentation of high-quality information concerning research, practice, and education pertaining to vehicle interfaces as well as providing for opportunities to build personal connections,” said Green. “Accordingly, the workshops were included in registration and attended by almost all attendees. To support building connections, we had name tags that indicated conference topics of interest, a ‘speed dating’ format to encourage meeting new people, sponsored meals at small tables to facilitate interaction, and follow-on, birds-of-a-feather meetings." 

Consistent with prior conferences, AutomotiveUI 2016 addressed novel in-vehicle services, models of and concepts for enhancing the driver experience, driver performance and behavior, development of (semi-) autonomous driving, and the needs of different user groups.  The overarching goal of the conference was to support the development of interfaces that are safe, easy to use, and desired by users. 

Several UMTRI faculty were among the conference organizers, including assistant research scientist Anuj Pradhan (publication co-chair), and associate research scientist Shan Bao and research fellow Brian Lin (local arrangements co-chairs).  Students from the University of Michigan Human Factors and Ergonomics Society chapter played a significant role in helping to coordinate the meeting. 

The next AutomotiveUI conference will take place in Oldenburg, Germany in September 2017.

Photo: Keynote speaker Renee Stephens of J.D. Power speaks at the AutomotiveUI conference in October. Credit: Photo courtesy of Paul Green, UMTRI