2013 workshop report

Around 30 people from industry and academia attended CLW 2013.


Klaus Bengler gives keynote at CLW 2013

The workshop featured two invited presentations. First, Klaus Bengler gave a keynote address in which he discussed human-computer interaction in automated vehicles. Klaus’s presentation was very well received, especially as driving automation is quickly becoming more than just a dream. For example, AutomotiveUI 2013 featured a live demo of TNO’s Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC).


Tuhin Diptiman discusses NHTSA's manual-visual guidelines

In the afternoon Tuhin Diptiman joined us  via Skype to share his assessment of NHTSA’s Manual-Visual guidelines. This discussion sparked a great deal of interest and discussion, and we expect that this interest will carry over if CLW is organized again in 2014.

In addition to the invited presentations CLW 2013 featured seven presentations by workshop participants, covering topics from utilizing physiological measurements for cognitive load assessment, to managing cognitive load using ambient displays.

We concluded the workshop with suggestions for next steps (see images below – click for larger versions). The main ideas focused on three groups of issues:

  1. There’s a need to further discuss the basics, such as the very definition of cognitive load, and its relationship to concepts such as attention.
  2. We need to improve and standardize methods/techniques. E.g. what are values of lane position variance that indicate that cognitive load has increased too much in a particular context? And how can we use the Detection Response Task (DRT) for evaluating in-vehicle interactions?
  3. There is a need to provide CLW participants with a way to interact between workshops, perhaps using a LinkedIn group.


The organizers would like to thank Microsoft Research for their financial support of CLW 2013. Thanks to Shamsi Iqbal for securing this support. We thank Klaus and Tuhin, as well as the other presenters, for giving engaging talks. Finally, we thank all of the workshop attendees for raising questions, discussing posters, and sharing their knowledge and expertise.

Pictures from the workshop are available on Flickr.