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Half-Day tutorials at introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels, covering the entire spectrum of the conference.
Tutorial will be offered on Monday, July 17 and Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles.

(8:00 – 12:00) Room


An introduction to Cognitive Work Analysis
Presenter: Neville Stanton, University of Southampton

The aim of this tutorial is to introduce the Cognitive Work Analysis phases and methods to delegates with plenty of practical, hands-on, experience. Cognitive Work Analysis is a powerful approach for the formative evaluation of systems. The presenter has many years experience of applying Cognitive Work Analysis to practical problems in the automotive, aviation, rail, and maritime domains. Software will be provided free-of-charge to support the analysis (PC only), but delegates can undertake the analysis on paper if they prefer. The tutorial will step though all five phases of Cognitive Work Analysis (i.e., Work Domain Analysis, Control Task Analysis, Strategies Analysis, Social Organisation and Cooperation Analysis, and Worker Competencies Analysis) with examples. The presenter will support the delegates in the construction of their own analysis and provide the opportunity for reflection and feedback on the products.

About the Speaker: Professor Neville Stanton, PhD, DSc, is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Ergonomist and Chartered Engineer. He holds the Chair in Human Factors Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton in the UK. He has degrees in Occupational Psychology, Applied Psychology and Human Factors Engineering and has worked at the Universities of Aston, Brunel, Cornell and MIT. His research interests include modelling, predicting, analysing and evaluating human performance in systems as well as designing the interfaces and interaction between humans and technology. Professor Stanton has worked on design of automobiles, aircraft, ships and control rooms over the past 30 years, on a variety of automation projects. He has published 35 books and over 270 journal papers on Ergonomics and Human Factors. In 1998 he was presented with the Institution of Electrical Engineers Divisional Premium Award for research into System Safety. The Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors in the UK awarded him The Otto Edholm Medal in 2001, The President’s Medal in 2008 and The Sir Frederic Bartlett Medal in 2012 for his contributions to basic and applied ergonomics research. The Royal Aeronautical Society awarded him and his colleagues the Hodgson Prize in 2006 for research on design-induced, flight-deck, error published in The Aeronautical Journal. The University of Southampton has awarded him a Doctor of Science in 2014 for his sustained contribution to the development and validation of Human Factors methods.

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Human Use Failure and Hazard Management: A Systems Approach
Presenter: Dean Hooper, HE Consulting

This workshop will blend a solid theoretical foundation with practical advice and hands-on exercises to provide attendees with the tools to help their respective organizations address growing pressures to demonstrate they have identified, addressed, and remediated potential and real product use errors to drive product design.

Topics include:
  • Paradigms of Human Error/Reliability Research and Evaluation – Historical perspective
  • Traditional tools for assessing hazard (FMEA, FMECA, FTA, WRA, HAZOP)
  • Models of human Error and their application– Use Error Analysis o Taxonomies o Swiss cheese o ETTO
  • Integration of use error analysis into traditional hazard analysis activities
  • The context in which use error analysis is performed
  • Identifying critical tasks for testing
  • Applying use error analysis to design decisions (error mitigation), FDA Validation testing, and CAPA resolution – an overview
  • Error mitigation design principles

After the course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Institute use error analysis processes into existing regulatory and quality initiatives,
  • Train hazard management teams on the proper assessment of use error analysis,
  • Provide root cause analysis for any activity related to use error (e.g., CAPA, Use FMEA, summative and formative usability testing), and
  • Direct product design and training.

About the Speaker: Dean has over 20 years of software (stand-alone and embedded) and hardware design experience; from small hand held devices to combination products to large robotic surgical systems. He is recognized within the medical device industry as wearing more than a single expert hat. In other words, he simultaneously has an eye on building a safe and easy to use product that optimizes market acceptance while satisfying human factors guidance and directives for FDA submissions and IEC compliance. Dean did his graduate work at New Mexico State University and currently is funder and principle at HE consulting; a human factors consulting firm.

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Neuroergonomics: The Human Brain At Work
Presenter: Carryl Baldwin, George Mason University

This half-day tutorial will introduce participants to the field of neuroergonomics, its major classes of metrics and application areas. In the last two decades tremendous progress has been made in our understanding of the neural bases of human cognitive and social processes. Typically, however, the cognitive and social neurosciences have tended to consider these processes in relatively simple laboratory conditions. The goal of Neuroergonomics, in contrast, is to extend the study of human brain function to everyday and work activities. Neuroergonomics is a newly emerging discipline concerned with the study of the human brain and behavior at work and in natural settings. Neuroergonomics represents the merging of neuroscience with ergonomics (or human factors). Neuroscience is the study of brain structure and function. Ergonomics seeks to match technology to the capabilities and limitations of people so that they may work effectively and safely together. Neuroergonomics goes a step beyond its parent disciplines to use emerging knowledge of human brain functioning to inform the design of technologies in the workplace. The tutorial will first examine the conceptual and theoretical bases of neuroergonomics. It will then go on to an examination of and description of the major noninvasive techniques for evaluating human brain function and their application to human machine systems. Three main classes of metrics will be discussed, eletrophysiological (e.g., EEG, ERP), hemodynamic (e.g., TCD, fNIRS) and Autonomic (e.g., pupil diameter, visual entropy). The major goal of the tutorial is to introduce participants to the field and to facilitate appreciation of how knowledge of the neural underpinnings of different perceptual and cognitive processes can influence human machine systems.

About the Speaker: Dr. Carryl Baldwin is Associate Professor and Director of the Human Factors and Applied Cognition Program, Department of Psychology, George Mason University. Dr. Baldwin teaches and conducts research in conjunction with the Human Factors and Applied Cognition program. She has over 15 years of experience investigating human factors issues in mental workload, surface and air transportation and cognitive aging. Her primary research interests are in the area of Applied Auditory Cognition. Much of her work involves the use of neurophysiological measures (i.e., EEG, ERP, EKG, and eye tracking) to examine the effort expended when people perform multiple modality dual tasks as a function of changes in sensory or environmental condition or cognitive aspects of the task. Dr. Baldwin has an active line of externally funded research and is currently working in conjunction with sponsors such as the Office of Naval Research, National Highway Traffic Safety Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, National Science Foundation and the Department of Transportation. Previously she has successfully completed multiple projects for the National Institutes of Health and both NASA Langley and NASA Ames.

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Smart Human Centered Service System Design: Recent Trends and Advances 2014-2017
Presenter: Vincent Duffy, Purdue University

The National Science Foundation has set forth a new initiative emphasizing partnerships for innovation and building innovation capacity. Each project within this new initiative has provided opportunity for human factors specialists to contribute as reviewers and project participants or project leads. The area of "Smart Service System Design" is also of interest to an international audience. An overview of recent trends and new directions will be provided. The process by which these systems can be developed will also be outlined during the tutorial. This process may have been considered more academic in the past, but is becoming very mainstream within engineering design in recent years. Interest and need spans a variety of disciplines. It includes industry as well as academia because of the nature of the partnership requirements. With initial emphasis on healthcare technology implementation, safety and human performance, healthcare related books from recent AHFE conferences (2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016) provide some of the foundation for conclusions drawn and the process for design that is outlined. This tutorial will be presented through classroom type instruction, Powerpoint projection and a few small group exercises. It will be accessible to intermediate and advanced participants with interest in developing new research or project activities in Smart Human-Centered Service System Design.

About the Speaker: Dr. Vincent Duffy, is a faculty member at Purdue University and has held a three year appointment with the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering at Purdue. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in The Russian Federation and is the author of over 100 scientific publications. Recent articles have been widely read by other researchers in Research Gate. Dr. Duffy has participated in human factors and ergonomics activities in 20 countries and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist.

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Digital Human Models (DHMs) in Today’s and Future Product and Production Design
Presenter: Thomas Alexander, Fraunhofer-FKIE

This tutorial presents relevant background information and case studies for a successful application of Digital Human Models for product, process and workplace design. It provides basic information as well as insights into general functionalities, potentials and limits of these powerful tools. In addition, it drafts a way-ahead for a future development towards a holistic human model and simulation. - Content: Technical and physical product design has always been an important topic of Human Factors and Ergonomics (HF/E). Consequently, means and tools for supporting designers and engineers with their work have been developed a long time ago. First tools like tables and human templates were applicable and useful … and, thus, frequently used in the past. Their digital successors, Digital Human Models (DHMs) have also been successfully integrated into CAD-packages. They allow for a comprehensive consideration of human body shape characteristics, human movements and their variability. These models are frequently used in automotive and producing industries. By integrating international databases it is possible to design for a large group of various users, considering relevant factors like gender, age, and region. Today’s DHMs come with a photorealistic appearance that might sometimes hide shortcomings and limitations. Moreover, multiple pitfalls exist which can easily lead to design errors. Therefore, this tutorial provides relevant background information about anthropometry (i.e. human dimensions and body shape), biomechanics (i.e. human movement) and the importance of the validity of a DHM. It also addresses current and future trends for DHMs. These trends refer to human behavior models, cognitive models and applications beyond product and workplace design. - Structure: 1 Anthropometry (History, early tools, human body shape characteristics, anthropometric dimensions, measurements) 2 Biomechanics (Human movement characteristics, a technical understanding of the human body) 3 Digital Human Models (general background and motivation, development of DHMs and success stories, applications, potentials and pitfalls) 4 Application fields of DHMs (research and industrial applications) 5 Future DHMs beyond anthropometry and biomechanics (human behavior models, comprehensive models, applications in training etc.) 5 - Target Audience: The audience consists of designers and engineers considering and referring to human characteristics during their daily work. Applications involve, but are not limited to: Product design, workplace design, conceptual sketches, (realistic) training environments including (synthetic) human players.

About the Speaker: Dr. Thomas Alexander is head of the department Human Factors at Fraunhofer FKIE. He has been conducting research studies in the field of Human Factors and Ergonomics for more than 20 years and published more than 100 papers. He is actively involved into multiple international research groups and committees. Among others, Dr. Alexander has initiated and chaired the Technical Committee on Human Simulation and Virtual Environments (HSVE) of the International Ergonomic Association (IEA).

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(8:00 – 12:00) Room


Cognitive Neuroscience for the Human Factors Practitioner: fNIRS Principles and Applications
Presenter: Hasan Ayaz, Drexel University

Functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) an emerging brain monitoring technology that relies on optical techniques to detect changes of cortical hemodynamic responses to sensory, motor, or cognitive activation. It was originally developed for clinical monitoring of tissue oxygenation but evolved into a useful tool for neuroimaging studies, and better understanding human brain function. The fNIRS technology is a portable, safe, affordable and negligibly intrusive system that uses specific wavelengths of light, irradiated through the scalp, to enable noninvasive measurement of localized concentration changes of deoxygenated hemoglobin (deoxy-Hb) and oxygenated hemoglobin (oxy-Hb). Consistent with the neuroergonomic approach, fNIRS sensor can allow capturing brain at work in naturalistic environments during everyday tasks (Ayaz et al, 2013). This tutorial will introduce fNIRS technology principles, latest system designs, and signal processing approaches. The second part of the presentation will review our recent neuroergonomic applications ranging from human computer interaction to cognitive workload assessment of operators, synthetic speech perception (sound quality and neural correlates), brain computer interfaces for control and communication. Reference Ayaz, H., Onaral, B., Izzetoglu, K., Shewokis, P. A., McKendrick, R., & Parasuraman, R. (2013). Continuous monitoring of brain dynamics with functional near infrared spectroscopy as a tool for neuroergonomic research: Empirical examples and a technological development. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 1-13. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2013.00871

About the Speaker: Dr. Hasan Ayaz is an Associate Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University, with adjunct affiliations at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and a member of the Functional Optical Brain Imaging Group of the Conquer Collaborative. He received his BSc. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 2003 at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Türkiye with high honors, and received his MSc & PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2010 from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Starting in 2001, he worked on the development of miniaturized continuous wave near infrared spectroscopy sensors focusing on brain imaging in natural environments and everyday settings. He has designed and developed enabling software for brain monitoring instruments that are now utilized routinely for clinical and field research in university and industry research labs. As an extension to this, he led the software design and development of the first optical-brain-monitoring medical device, Infrascanner, which is a portable-handheld instrument that utilizes near infrared to detect hematoma in head trauma patients. Dr. Ayaz’s research interests include neuroengineering applications of human computer interaction, neuroimaging and neuroergonomics, specifically, i) development of noninvasive multimodal brain computer interfaces for communication and augmented interactivity in simulation and multimedia settings, ii) fNIRS and EEG for the assessment of cognitive workload, performance and training of users/operators such as air traffic controllers and pilots. iii) investigation of fNIRS based biomarkers in neurological and psychiatric disorders for approaches related to diagnostic, prognostic and therapy.

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A Practical Guide to Doing Task Analysis
Presenter: Neville Stanton, University of Southampton

This tutorial will introduce delegates to task analysis techniques, with emphasis on Hierarchical Task Analysis (HTA) and Systematic Human Error Prediction and Reduction Approach (SHERPA). The presenter has expensive experience of using, and training people to use, these methods in a range of different industries, including aviation, energy distribution, healthcare, oil and gas, and nuclear. The aim of the tutorial is to get delegates to analysis tasks under the guidance of the presenter. The format of the tutorial will be as follows: introduction to the methods, provision of examples of the application of the methods, support for individual hands-on experience of the methods, feedback and discussion of the application of the methods. Software will be provided free-of-charge (PC only) but delegates can undertake the analyses using pen and paper as well. By the end of the tutorial, delegates will be able to conduct task analyses by themselves. Tutorial notes and papers will support self-study after the end of the workshop.

About the Speaker: Professor Neville Stanton, PhD, DSc, is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Ergonomist and Chartered Engineer. He holds the Chair in Human Factors Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton in the UK. He has degrees in Occupational Psychology, Applied Psychology and Human Factors Engineering and has worked at the Universities of Aston, Brunel, Cornell and MIT. His research interests include modelling, predicting, analysing and evaluating human performance in systems as well as designing the interfaces and interaction between humans and technology. Professor Stanton has worked on design of automobiles, aircraft, ships and control rooms over the past 30 years, on a variety of automation projects. He has published 35 books and over 270 journal papers on Ergonomics and Human Factors. In 1998 he was presented with the Institution of Electrical Engineers Divisional Premium Award for research into System Safety. The Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors in the UK awarded him The Otto Edholm Medal in 2001, The President’s Medal in 2008 and The Sir Frederic Bartlett Medal in 2012 for his contributions to basic and applied ergonomics research. The Royal Aeronautical Society awarded him and his colleagues the Hodgson Prize in 2006 for research on design-induced, flight-deck, error published in The Aeronautical Journal. The University of Southampton has awarded him a Doctor of Science in 2014 for his sustained contribution to the development and validation of Human Factors methods.

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3D Ergonomic Product Development and Assessment
Presenter: Denis Coelho, University of Beira Interior

This tutorial aims to create awareness of the spectrum of reliable and cost-effective methods that may be orchestrated at the service of 3D ergonomic design using the latest developments in parametric modelling and usability and biomechanical assessment

The tutorial will consist of a hands-on approach to the full spectrum of product development stages, with emphasis on the three dimensional and ergonomic aspects of the design phase and the validation. Many examples from the presenters’ career will be shown with respect to the multiple topics this tutorial will cover, including:

    Product Design and Development Reverse engineering Clay models Scanning Parametric 3D design Product Design Methods Concept Generation Pre evaluation of concepts Requirements Specification Ergonomic and Usability Requirements of Tangible Interfaces Product Development Usability evaluation Biomechanical analysis Surface Electromyography Analysis of EMG data Statistical methods Rapid Prototyping Intellectual Property issues Interdisciplinary collaboration in product development.

About the Speaker: Dr. Denis A. Coelho is the head of the Human Technology Group, Department of Electromechanical Engineering, Universidade da Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal.

Denis Coelho, Ph.D. earned his doctoral degree in 2002 and now holds an extensive publication record in Human Factors and Ergonomics and Product Design. He is an international evaluator for Research Grant Proposals and Doctoral dissertations. He is the founding and active editor in chief of The International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics (indexed in Scopus and published by Inderscience). Founding Coordinator of the Industrial Design Engineering Masters programme at University of Beira Interior, Portugal. Assistant Professor of Human-Technology Interfaces. Member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Accomplished scientific author and editor of books in Industrial Design and Ergonomics. Invited keynote speaker at international conferences. International Ph.D. evaluator. Referee for many scientific journals and for the Portuguese Science Foundation and Innovation Agency Visiting scholar at Ohio State University and University of California at Berkeley Performs research at the interface between engineering, ergonomics and design. As a Mechanical Engineer with an Ergonomic Design and Production Management post-graduate education his research has focused in several areas, according to practical and funding restrictions. He has worked with car seat comfort (ergonomic design) with Volvo Car Corporation and has also been interested in cognitive engineering of information technology in healthcare settings (collaborating with the Veterans Health Administration), as well as providing a contribution to the advancement of ergonomic design methods. He has also participated and coordinated in Multimedia design work, with a development nature, focusing on the application of ergonomic guidelines at both the conceptual and application level.

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(13:00 – 17:00) Room


Design, User Experience and Usability (DUXU)
Presenter: Javed Sheikh, University of Lahore

The tutorial will present essential concepts of Design, User eXperience and Usability (DUXU). Many functional and attractive user interfaces suffer from poor usability because users do not have a clear understanding of it. This tutorial will increase awareness and understanding of key issues related to the tutorial topic. Participants will learn to identify and avoid the common mistakes and how they can enhance user experience.

About the Speaker: Prof. Dr Javed Anjum Sheikh Campus Director, University of Lahore, Gujrat Campus, PhD (HCI, Computer Science), Middlesex University, UK 2012, MBA (MIS), Adamson University, Philippine, 2002, MSc (Software Development), University of Huddersfield, UK, 2000.


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Effective Design Reviews: How to Give and Receive Meaningful, Actionable Design Feedback
Presenter: Everett McKay, UX Design Edge

We all know the design review routine: The design team walks through the design, carefully explaining it screen by screen. They point out that it is early in the process, so they are more interested in the big picture issues than low-level details. Along the way, fellow team members nitpick at the design, focusing on minor details while completely missing any critical usability problems. At some point, someone volunteers to redesign a feature whose problems aren’t yet even fully understood. The boss, a “visual thinker”, points out that she really can’t stand that shade of blue, and that her mom could never use this UI, even though it is targeted at trained specialists. The consensus feedback of “looks great”, while encouraging to hear, is probably quite literal because the mockup does in fact look great visually. What we don’t all know is that the traditional design review process, while popular, is often a waste of time. The designers, who know the design better than anyone, start by explaining how it works—undermining the team’s ability to find usability problems from a fresh perspective. The feedback is often focused on the wrong level of detail. Participants engage in redesign and start debates over details that hardly matter yet. The boss feels obligated to mess with the design to feel like she is doing her job properly. And the mockups are beautiful, which makes it look professional but often results in an emotional, visual reaction—undermining the team’s ability to give the harsh, critical feedback on the important design issues that we so desperately need. In this tutorial, you will learn:

    Why traditional design reviews are often ineffective. How to give and receive effective feedback on a peer level. How to turn feedback based on personal opinion into something that is objective (and what it means when you can’t). How to handle vague, confusing feedback. How to shut down defending, redesigning, and debating. hy scenario-based reviews result in better feedback (and fewer battles over personal opinion) than feature or screen-based reviews. Why design review rules are a good idea (along with a sample set). Why positive feedback is important for effective reviews. How to manage up, so that your manager helps improve design review effectiveness.

The tutorial has several hands-on group- and team-based exercises, include a traditional design walkthrough (to set a baseline), a scenario-based review, a streamlined cognitive walkthrough, a "mad men" stakeholder review, plus an exercise to draft your own design review rules.

About the Speaker: Everett McKay is Principal of UX Design Edge, a user experience design training and consulting company for mobile, web, and desktop applications. Everett's specialty is UX design training for software professionals who aren't experienced designers through onsite and virtual courses and workshops. He has delivered UX design workshops to an international audience that includes Europe (UK, Ireland, Poland, Greece, Turkey), Asia (India, China), South America (Argentina), and Africa (South Africa, Cameroon).


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Design of User-Friendly Dashboards
Presenter: Abbas Moallem, San Jose State University

With a growing need for mass data visualization, most business and consumer applications display a dashboard page that includes an overview of the system status and content. Are all these dashboards effective? What are the basic principles behind designing effective and intuitive dashboards? This introductory/ intermediate course in dashboard design will provide an overview of the fundamentals for designing and evaluating effective dashboards. Participants will then evaluate several dashboards and practice building an effective dashboard.

Content and Benefits : The first section of the course will be used to review the fundamental principles in designing dashboards. Participants will then practice evaluating several example dashboards. Following this, the participants, in teams, will build an effective dashboard following the guidelines and principles taught in the previous section. .

About the Speaker: Dr. Abbas Moallem is an executive director of UX Experts, LLC and an adjunct professor at San Jose State University, California State University, East Bay, where he teaches HCI, human factors and cyber security. Dr. Moallem has over 20 years of experience in the fields of human factors, ergonomics, human computer interaction (HCI) and usability. He has also served as a senior engineering product manager and usability expert at NETGEAR and as a UI Architect at PeopleSoft, Oracle Corporation, Tumbleweed and Axway for over 11 years. Dr. Moallem has also consulted in a variety of industries in Europe, Canada, and the USA. Dr. Moallem holds a Ph.D. in Human Factors and Ergonomics from the University of Paris (Paris XIII), a Master degree in Biomechanics from the University of Creteil (Paris XI) and a Master degree in Ergonomics from the Conservatoire Nation des Arts et Métiers in Paris, France. Dr. Moallem obtained his B.A. degree from the University of Tehran in 1978. He currently serves as Communication and Exposition Chair of the HCI International and the Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International conferences.


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Prototyping Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) for Partially and Highly Automated Vehicles: From Human Centered Design Towards Balanced Human Systems Integration
Presenters: Marcel Baltzer (Fraunhofer FKIE), Nikhil Gowda (Renault Innovation Silicon Valley) and Eugen Altendorf (RWTH Aachen University)

An incremental but strong revolution is taking place on our roads: Vehicles become more and more intelligent, can assist the driver and, as demonstrated in the DARPA challenges, can drive in more and more situations without a driver. Concepts like the Google car, and its European pre-runner, the Cyber Car, indicate that cars will be fully automated and the human will change his role from a driver to a supervisor or even not be a driver anymore, but a passenger who has no responsibility for the driving tasks at all. Other, more realistic concepts foresee partially and highly automated cars with the ability to drive temporarily and in certain situations without a driver, while allowing the driver to drive partially automated or assisted in other situations.

We envision HMI design that addresses both user needs and technological offers and employs familiar models and metaphors to present intuitive interactions between user and car. One possible naturalistic design metaphor that can be employed is the H-Metaphor. In this tutorial the participants will receive a short introduction in prototyping Human-Machine-Interfaces to improve different system qualities like usability, safety, energy-efficiency and pleasure. Topics that will be addressed in this tutorial among others are design thinking; iterative development process; participatory design with personas, improvisation techniques and the theatre method; prototyping and presenting.

Following a quick introductory session, the tutorial will feature a short introduction to state of the art assistance and automation systems in highly automated driving and briefly present human-centered design and human systems integration fundamentals and techniques.

The tutorial will then continue to a hands-on prototyping workshop, where participants will start with a discovery phase to define the Use Space. In the next phase participants will start to define modalities, technologies, assistance and automation modes that define the Design Space for the respective Use Space. Having Use Space and Design Space prepared the participants will start prototyping employing different techniques and will finally present their prototype to other group members.

About the Speakers:

Marcel Baltzer studied Business Administration & Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen and wrote his Diplom thesis at the Institute of Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics at RWTH Aachen University with the subject of “Motivated Energy Management” combining energy technology and motivation aspects of the user into a holistic human-machine system concept. From 2012 to 2015 he worked at the Academic and Research Department Human Systems Integration at RWTH Aachen University and is specialized in the subject of Interaction Mediation, i.e. how interaction between a human and a cooperative automation can be optimized in terms of usability, energy efficiency, comfort, safety and joy of use. Since 2015 he is project leader and since 2016 research group leader of the research group “Cooperative Guidance and Control” in the research area Balanced Human Systems Integration at Fraunhofer FKIE in Wachtberg.

Nikhil Gowda is an Autonomous Vehicle HMI Researcher at Renault Innovation Silicon Valley. With a background in automotive engineering and an MBA in Design Strategy, he has been a preacher and practitioner of human centered design and has co-organized many such tutorials/Workshops.

Eugen Altendorf holds a diploma (master’s degree) in mechanical engineering with a major in system dynamics and additionally a bachelor’s degree in communication science, both from RWTH Aachen University. He works as a group leader at the Institute of Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics at RWTH Aachen University. His research topics include automation behavior in cooperative human-machine systems and system dynamics in the field of partially and highly automated driving.


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