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CLW 2016 announcement


We are excited to announce that CLW 2016 will be held at AutomotiveUI 2016 in Ann Arbor, MI. The half-day workshop will take place in the morning of October 24.

The workshop has three goals:

  1. Explain the theoretical underpinnings behind common eye tracking measures of cognitive load. The first goal of the workshop is to communicate the theoretical reasoning behind the use of eye tracking measures and practical considerations of how eye tracking should be conducted within the automotive setting. A strong focus will be on ensuring that participants understand how the changes seen in these measures correspond to differences in workload. The workshop will also then include discussion of practical aspects of using these measures in the automotive environment and how these can affect the outcome of the measure data.
  2. Demonstrate how eye tracking measures of workload are collected. The attendees of the workshop will gain an understanding about how to actually collect eye tracking measures of workload. The second goal of the workshop is to ensure participants receive a demonstration of how these measures are collected and some level of hands-on experience in the collection of measures. Again the focus here will be toward the practical considerations of using these measures within an automotive environment.
  3. Present techniques of how the data from these measures are reduced and analyzed. The last goal for the workshop in an effort to allow attendees to walk away with applicable knowledge is to ensure they understand how to filter the data that they will collect. To some extent, this will involve summarizing existing practice codified in standards or discussed in previous studies within the space for the participants. However, the workshop will go beyond what is in those documents, discussing practical problems of filtering and cleaning the data, rules for determining and eliminating outliers, and methods of quantifying lost data. The workshop will also discuss identifying potential confounding factors and situations that arise with the use of eye tracking data that can bias interpretations of results, as well as pointing attendees to software that can help produce results.

The organizers will bring together experts to address the above issues.

CLW 2015: announcing expert presenters

We are excited to announce the expert presenters for CLW 2015: Leon Kenemans and Bruce Mehler. Leon and Bruce will share knowledge with the community regarding the theoretical underpinnings, collection, and filtering of physiological data, focusing on heart rate, electrodermal activity (skin conductance, galvanic skin response, GSR, etc.) measures, and electroencephalography (EEG), as a measure of cognitive load within the scope of automotive research.

Leon Kenemans is professor of Biopsychology and Psychopharmacology at Utrecht University. His recent research activities include neurobiological mechanisms of inhibition and impulse control; dopaminergic, noradrenergic, and cholinergic mechanisms in selective attention and impulse control; the effects of cannabinoids on selective attention and working memory, and their application in anxiety disorders; and a neurobiological approach to susceptibility and distractibility during driving and driving-related tasks, including the effects of multi-tasking and state variables like alcohol. He wrote books on psychopharmacology and on cognitive neuroscience, topics on which he also teaches, in addition to biological foundations of behavior and methods of electroencephalography and other human-biological signals. From 2009-2014 he served as scientific director of the Dutch National Initiative on Brain and Cognition, aimed at excellent research and especially application of Dutch brain and cognition research. He collaborates with (representatives of) several companies including pharma, consumer-lifestyle technology, and ICT solutions for recording brain function and behavioral assessment. He was co-organizer of the most recent Society for Applied Neuroscience conference.

Bruce Mehler is a Research Scientist in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab and the New England University Transportation Center. He is also a senior consultant at NeuroDyne Medical Corporation where he served as Director of Applications & Development prior to assuming his current position at MIT. He has an extensive background in the development and application of non-invasive physiological monitoring technologies in medical, academic and applied research settings. Working with his colleagues in the AgeLab and the New England University Transportation Center, he is particularly interested in exploring methods of combining psychophysiological measures with other assessment techniques to develop a richer understanding of cognitive workload, stress, attention, and emotional arousal in applied settings.

CLW 2015 announcement

We are excited to announce that CLW 2015 will be held at AutomotiveUI 2015 in Nottingham, UK. The half-day workshop will take place in the morning of September 1.

The workshop has three goals:

    1. Explain the theoretical underpinnings of the physiology behind common physiological measures of cognitive load. In this workshop we will address electrodermal activity (EDA), measures related to heart rate, and electroencephalography (EEG). A strong focus will be on why these measures change with differences in workload and what this means within the applied setting of automotive research.
    2. Demonstrate how measures of physiological workload are collected. The workshop will include demonstrations of practical issues in data collection. Again the focus will be on practical considerations of using these measures within an automotive environment.
    3. Present techniques of how the data from these measures are reduced and analyzed. To some extent, data reduction and analysis will be discussed by summarizing existing practice codified in standards or described in previous studies. However, we will go beyond what is in those documents, discussing practical problems of filtering and cleaning up the data, censoring, rules for determining and eliminating outliers, and methods of quantifying lost data.

The organizers will bring together a number of experts to address the above issues.

CLW 2014 announcement

We are excited to announce that CLW 2014 will be held at AutomotiveUI 2014 in Seattle, WA. The half-day workshop will take place in the morning of September 17.

The workshop has three goals:

  1. Describe how a few measures of cognitive load are collected and describe the likely advantages and disadvantages of the measurements, problems with their use and solutions that they provide in enhancing understanding: For each measure, there will be one or possibly two invited papers that will provide an overview of each measure selected. The presentation will describe current standard data collection procedures for each measure including subject selection, IRB issues, training, practice, and data logging. The presenter should go beyond recounting standard protocol, describing the practical issues they have experienced with each measure. The focus is on the method.
  2. Demonstrate how they are collected: Those attending the meeting are invited to bring hardware and software to demonstrate the measures in question. This includes DRT and eye fixation hardware and software, as well as a driving simulator or driving video game to show how the data are collected.
  3. Describe how the data from those measures are reduced and analyzed: To some extent, this will involve summarizing existing practice codified in standards. However, we are looking for presenters to go beyond what is in those documents, describing practical problems of filtering and cleaning up the data, censoring, rules for eliminating outliers, methods of quantifying lost data, identifying potential confounding factors and situations that arise with the use of a measure can bias interpretations of results and software that can help produce results. This should not be viewed as an opportunity to present a paper describing results.

The workshop organizers will bring together a number of experts from government, industry, and/or academia to address the above topics. In addition, position papers on these topics are solicited – please see our CFP. The primary focus will be on discussions in detail about practical issues, and measures that are, or will be, standardized. The papers will appear in the Adjunct Proceedings, and will be presented at the workshop in poster format.

Announcement: Klaus Bengler’s keynote talk at CLW 2013

Cooperative Driving as a New Paradigm for Highly Automated Vehicles

Klaus Bengler
Technische Universität München

More than 125 years of automobility remind us that we should be aware of the fact that individual mobility is based on the fact that the driver contributes exceptionally high activity and human performance in the human-vehicle system. Besides improved vehicle technology this human factor is crucial to avoiding accidents in critical situations. However, critical incidents and accidents can often be caused by human error or limited capacity. Since the 90s these effects have been successfully countered with a variety of driver assistance functions. Sensory deficits of the driver and misperceptions are compensated by technical sensors. Drivers use these assistance systems temporarily and shall be assisted in the execution of sub-tasks of the driving task where they remain – following the Vienna Convention – in the supervisory role.

Much of the automotive period is thus characterized by the fact that the driver must manage the driving task for the most part alone and may delegate sub-tasks only for a short time. The great advantage of the car was a significant gain in mobility, based on various assistants, in addition to the additional active safety, leading to sometimes monotonous driving. The potential automation or partial automation of driving is not only more of the same but a radical qualitative and quantitative change in individual mobility, provoking many questions in the area of human factors and human-vehicle interaction.

Klaus Bengler graduated in psychology at the University of Regensburg in 1991 and received his Doctorate in 1994 in cooperation with BMW. After his diploma he was active on topics of software ergonomics and evaluation of human-machine interfaces. He investigated the influence of additional tasks on driving performance in several studies within EMMIS EU project and in contract with BMW. Multifunctional steering wheels, touchscreens and ACC-functionality are examples for the topics of these investigation.

In 1997 he joined BMW. From several projects he is experienced with experimental knowledge and experience with different kind of driving simulators and field trials. At BMW he was responsible for the HMI project of the MOTIV program a national follow on program of PROMETHEUS. He was work package leader in an actual EU project Speechdat Car, dealing with voice recognition in vehicles. Within BMW Research and Technology he was responsible for projects on HMI research. He was active as a subprojectleader for subproject 2 “Evaluation and Methodology” within the EU funded integrated project AIDE. He is active member of ISO TC22 SC13 WG8 “Road vehicles – Ergonomic aspects of transport information and control systems.”

Since May 2009 he is leader of the Institute of Ergonomics at Technische Universität München which is active in research areas like digital human modeling, human robot cooperation, driver assistance, automated driving and human reliability. Among intensive industrial cooperation the Institute is engaged in the funded Projects DH-Ergo on Digital Human Modeling and ECOMOVE on anticipative driving and D3COS.

Cognitive Load and In-Vehicle HMI workshop announced

We are excited to announce the Cognitive Load and In-Vehicle Human-Machine Interaction workshop to be held at AutomotiveUI 2011 in Salzburg, Austria.

Interactions with in-vehicle electronic devices can interfere with the primary task of driving. The concept of cognitive load helps us understand the extent to which these interactions interfere with the driving task and how this interference can be mitigated. While research results on in-vehicle cognitive load are frequently presented at automotive research conferences and in related journals, so far no dedicated forum is available for focused discussions on this topic. This workshop aims to fill that void.

We invite you to view our call for papers, and we hope that you will consider joining us in Salzburg on November 30, 2011.

Andrew, Peter H., Tim, Tom, Paul, Ivan, Peter F., Bryan, Shamsi and Dagmar