Tobias Altmüller, Senior Manager Center of Competence HMI, Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany
Tobias Altmüller works as Senior HMI Technology Manager at the Center of Competence HMI at Robert Bosch GmbH in Leonberg, Germany. He studied Engineering Cybernetics at university of Stuttgart and joined corporate research of Bosch in 2000. There, he first focused on drowsiness detection based on steering wheel movements for which he received his PhD of the Universität der Bundeswehr München, Munich in 2007. At corporate research, he was working on user centered product development including aspects of personalization and resource management as well as on research on different HMI technologies.
Since 2012, Tobias is working at the business division Car Multimedia at Bosch, supporting the development of the Center of Competence HMI. Currently he focuses on integration of new HMI technologies and cooperation with internal and external partners.
Tobias Altmüller will present a talk entitled “The 3rd Living Space – Challenges of Usability and User Experience.”
Emanuel Sousa, Centre for Computer Graphics, Portugal
Emanuel Sousa is a researcher and project manager in the Perception, Interaction and Usability unit at CCG – Centre for Computer Graphics. He holds a PhD in Electronics and Computers (Cognitive Robotics), from the University of Minho, Portugal. During his PhD he has collaborated on several research projects funded by the Portuguese government and European Commission, focusing on Human-Robot Interaction and Robot Learning-from-Demonstration. Since 2014 he has been working on human factors in the automotive context, including research on usability, driver perception and autonomous driving. He has also contributed to several fundamental and applied research projects on human perception and bio-motor data analysis and visualization.
Emanuel’s presentation will be about “Tackling Usability in Autonomous Vehicles: A User-centered Design Experience“.
Nora Broy, BMW Group Research and Technology, Germany
Nora Broy develops location based services at BMW Group in Munich, Germany. She studied Computer Science and Software Engineering at the technical university of Munich and was visiting the BMW Technology Office in Palo Alto to work on her Master Thesis. Back in Munich, she joined the research department of BMW to investigate novel input and output modalities in the car and the interaction with automated vehicles. In 2016, she received her PhD at the Human-Computer Interaction Group of the Institute for Visualization and Interactive Systems (VIS) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. Her PhD thesis is about new display modalities in the car and particularly addresses the interaction with stereoscopic 3D displays.
Nora will make a presentation intitled “Stereoscopic 3D User Interfaces – Exploring the Potentials and Risks of 3D Displays in Cars”. The advent of glasses-free 3D displays allows for introducing 3D technology into application domains such as automotive user interfaces. We envision its use to enhance the in-car user interface by structuring the presented information via depth. Thus, content that requires attention can be shown close to the driver and distances, for example to other traffic participants, gain a direct mapping in 3D space. This talk gives a summary on several user studies which address the question whether and how 3D can contribute to advanced automotive user interfaces.
Tim Smith, UsTwo Auto, UK
Originally from North Wales, Tim moved to London in 2005 to begin his career as a graphic and user experience designer. Before turning his attention to the challenges and opportunities in the automotive and mobility space, Tim specialised in designing for “human to whatever” interaction as he calls it. Starting his career designing weird and wonderful interactive packaging, he quickly moved on to digital design, where he furthered his interest in Human–Machine Interaction (HMI) working on everything from museum interactives and gestural art installations to smartphones, smart TVs and smart fridges – he even worked on an interface for a cow milking machine. Nowadays, Tim focusses on studying, exploring and designing for human behaviour in and around the car, including autonomous vehicles, along with transportation services and mobility. Tim also co-wrote ustwo Auto’s first book on appropriate design for in-car interactions and has since gone on to write many articles and talked at many events on the subject of user-centred design for automotive and mobility, as well as working with automotive clients on their future products and services. Tim also has a collection of toy cars some 1,100 plus strong.
Tim will be presenting “A user-centred design approach to driverless cars“. ustwo Auto believes autonomous vehicles should be built from the ground up and, vitally, on principles of user centred design, rather than using technical expertise alone. What do people actually want and need from this new technology? Based on insights drawn from research, interviews, and observing peoples’ diverse mobility needs, ustwo Auto’s Tim Smith explores the hidden challenges and opportunities automakers will encounter as drivers become passengers and the world transitions to an autonomous future.
Alexandra Fernandes, Institute for Energy Technology, Norway
Alexandra Fernandes is a researcher in the Industrial Psychology Department – Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) in Halden, Norway. She has a Master’s degree on Cognitive Psychology and a PhD on Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Minho, in Portugal. She has been working on HFE topics since 2012, first with a brief collaboration at CCG in Guimarães and since then at IFE. Here she has been working mostly with the nuclear industry on topics such as human performance assessment, control room verification and validation, control room modernization and human-system interfaces evaluation, development and analysis. She has also collaborated in HFE projects with the petroleum industry, in air traffic control, in control centres for space research, and on automation topics.
Alexandra will present us “The Homer Simpson effect: human factors in the nuclear industry“, in a talk about the history and future of the nuclear industry, accidents, analysis and consequences, human error, humans as resource and the optimization of human-machine systems.
Diamantino Freitas, Universidade do Porto, Portugal
Diamantino Freitas, graduated and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, in 1976 and 1991, respectively. He has held academic professional functions at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department since 1974, presently as associate professor and coordinator of the Speech Processing, Electro-acoustics, Signals and Instrumentation Laboratory of this Faculty (LPF-ESI).
Has been member of several national and international projects and R&D actions, eventually a national delegate, as in, e.g., COST Action 219 – “Future telecommunications and tele-informatics facilities for disabled persons”. The main areas of interest both for teaching and R&D have been Acoustics and Electro-acoustics, Telecommunications and Accessibility for Persons with Special Needs, Automatic Speech Processing, Bioengineering and Rehabilitation Engineering. Has authored or co-authored several papers in international conferences, international book chapters, international journal papers, prototypes and patents (details on this and additional information can be found at FEUP’s website, https://sigarra.up.pt/feup/en/FUNC_GERAL.FORMVIEW?p_codigo=208644).
Professor Diamantino Freitas will be making a presentation intitled “Sound Orientation System – an innovative tool for navigation“.
The use of such an accurate and well-adapted instrument as the human hearing system, as a tool to guide people through spaces, is the key motivation of the Sound Orientation System (SOS). This technology is currently in use in the largest underground subway train station of Porto in Portugal in the NAVMETRO® project – an information and navigation system for visually impaired people. Although very useful for people in general, the SOS is particularly important for visually impaired people where usability is the essence.
Ana Moreira, Product Discovery – SCALab/Renault
Ana Júlia Moreira started studying Psychology, in 2008, at University of Minho, where she first developed a strong interest for fundamental research, and cognitive psychology. An exchange program between University of Minho and University of Lille led to two master’s degrees: one in Clinical Psychology in Minho (at the Human Cognition Lab), and other in Psychology of Neurocognitive Processes and Affective Sciences in Lille (at SCALab – Cognitive and Affective Sciences Lab). During the latter, in 2013, she did an internship at Chanel, where she first merged cognitive psychology and consumer experience. Later on, Ana Júlia participated in a research study for Ubisoft, in which their interest resided in testing the benefits of a new video-game. Currently, and since 2015, she is a PhD student at SCALab, in association with Renault, working on perception of car exterior design.
Ana’s presentation will be “On the search for understanding perception of car exterior design: a behavioral and psychophysiological approach“.