AutoWork 2019

Workshop on the Future of Work and Well-Being in Automated Vehicles

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Automated vehicles will allow users to engage in non-driving activities related to work and well-being.

This workshop will explore a number of questions related to human-computer interaction in vehicles with the ultimate goal of allowing users to be productive in automated vehicles, as well as to engage in activities that successfully increase their wellbeing.


The overarching goal of this workshop is to explore the future of work in automated vehicles to exchange ideas, and to start charting a path towards increasing productivity and well-being for the users of automated vehicles, while at the same time maintaining safety. In particular, we will examine the use of technologies such as augmented reality, in-vehicle speech interaction, and tangible interfaces. More specifically, we will address the following issues:

  1. Non-driving related tasks. Which tasks are of value for the productivity and/or well-being of users of automated vehicles? Which tasks are appropriate for the relatively-small cockpit of the car, and which ones can be safely performed so that the user can return to driving if needed? Which tasks are appropriate for the context in which the user’s attention needs to switch relatively often between the non-driving task and driving?
  2. Technologies. Which technologies can support the users as they work and play in vehicles? How can these technologies support the transition of control from the automation to the driver, and back again from the driver to the automation? Furthermore, how do we minimize the occurrence of motion sickness?
  3. Ergonomics. What are interior and interface design requirements to ensure comfort and usability, as well as productivity and safety?
  4. Evaluation techniques. What are the instruments and measures of evaluation? One key question is how to generalize results from the lab to expected results in real, on-road situations? Or, how can we test effectively in higher fidelity environments?
  5. Road-map for productivity and well-being across different levels of automation. Which collaborations and funding mechanisms will help our community move forward effectively and efficiently in creating invehicle interfaces to support work and well-being in automated vehicles?


Submit a reflection statement (1-2 pages, EA format) on the topics above.

In addition, submit a url for a video with a brief (3-5 minute) 3-slide presentation. The slides should include: name and affiliation, research interests, and open questions for discussion.

Send your submission to

Statements and video will be reviewed by the organizers on a rolling basis starting July 31. Early acceptace will announced to participants by August 9 and on a rolling basis after.

We will share all videos via Slack before the workshop. Before coming to the workshop, participants will be asked to view all presentations, comment on at least three of them, and respond to all comments on their own presentation.


Andrew Kun

Andrew Kun is associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Hampshire. His research focus is human-computer interaction in vehicles, primarily in speech interaction, as well as the use of visual behavior and pupil diameter measures to assess and improve the design of user interfaces. He served as the General Chair of the 2012 AutomotiveUI conference.

Orit Shaer

Orit Shaer is the Class of 1966 Associate Professor of Computer Science and co-director of the Media Arts and Sciences Program at Wellesley College. She found and directs the Wellesley College Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Lab. Her research focuses on next generation user interfaces including virtual and augmented reality, tangible, gestural, tactile, and multi touch interaction.

Andreas Riener

Andreas Riener, is a professor for Human-Machine Interaction and Virtual Reality at Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI), Germany with co-appointment at CARISSMA (Center of Automotive Research on Integrated Safety Systems and Measurement Area). He is further leading the human-computer interaction group (HCIG) at THI. His research interests include driving ergonomics, driver state estimation from physiological measures, human factors in driver-vehicle interfaces, application of AR, as well as topics related to (over)trust and acceptance, and ethical issues in automated driving.

Stephen Brewster

Stephen Brewster is a professor of Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Glasgow, where he leads the Multimodal Interaction Group. His research focuses on using the range of human sensing and control capabilities to enable rich interactions between humans and technology. His automotive work focuses on designing cues to support handover, haptic and multimodal interaction in the car and mitigating motion sickness when using VR in vehicles. He is a member of the SIGCHI Academy and ACM Distinguished Speaker.

Clemens Schartmuller

Clemens Schartm├╝ller, is a research assistant and PhD candidate in the research group of Prof. Riener at THI, in cooperation with the Johannes Kepler University Linz. In his PhD, he conducts prototype-driven research on novel user interfaces for productive and safe office work in highly automated vehicles.


This workshop is supported in part by NSF grant CMMI-1840085.