News and Events2018-11-13T09:14:34+00:00

interACT @ the German ISO delegation

8 October 2018 | Berlin, Germany

Anna Schieben, the interACT coordinator, from DLR presented interACT project during the German ISO delegation in Berlin, Germany. The international event was held on the 8th of October 2018 and had about 30 participants from Europe, USA and Japan, who attended Anna Schieben’s presentation entitled “Automated vehicles in mixed traffic environments The interACT Project”. Useful feedback was given by the participants who also got material from the presentation after the end of the event.

interACT @ IROS 2018

1-5 October 2018 | Madid, Spain

Fanta Camara interACT’s partner from ITS Leeds participated in the 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems that took place in Madrid, Spain in 1-5th October, 2018. More than 300 people participated in the conference and about 50 people attended Fanta Camara’s presentation under the title ‘ Towards pedestrian-AV interaction: method for elucidating pedestrian preferences’ which presents a new empirical protocol based on tracking real humans in a controlled lab environment, which is able to make inferences about the human’s preferences for interaction.

interACT @ European Research Night Event in Athens

28 September 2018 | Athens, Greece

interACT participated in the European Researchers night in Athens, an event organized by the National and Technical University of Athens (NTUA) at the “Averof” building, the historical building of the university, on Friday 28 September and it was a huge success. The room which hosted interACT was full of about 100 visitors of all ages, who showed special interest in the project.

interACT @ VDI Conference 2018

26-27 September 2018 | VDI Conference

Anna Schieben, the interACT coordinator, from DLR took part in the 5th International VDI Conference – Automotive HMI & Connectivity which was held on the 26-27th of September 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany. The conference gave a comprehensive overview of the human-machine interface (HMI) and connectivity in vehicles as well as internationally renowned experts from leading OEMs and suppliers participated and presented their newest developments. Anna Schieben’s presentation entitled ‘’Automated Vehicles in mixed Traffic Environments – the Value of external HMI’’ in which special focus was given on human factors and HMI challenges for automated vehicles in mixed traffic, the approach of the interACT project and the first results of human-human interaction and derived external HMI concepts, was attended by about 60 people.

interACT @ the AutoUI 2018

23 September, 2018 | Toronto, Canada

The workshop entitled ‘AutoUI Workshop on Methodology: Evaluating Interactions between Automated Vehicles and Other Road Users – What Works in Practice?’ took place on 23rd of September 2018 at the Bahen Centre of the University of Toronto. Partners from the interACT team were among the organisers along with scientists from the Eindhoven University of Technology in Netherlands, the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) and the University of Leeds Institute for Transport Studies. The workshop was offered in conjunction with the 10th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications (AutoUI 2018). This workshop focused on identifying the strengths and weaknesses of various methodologies that could potentially be used to study such interactions. The objective lied in determining the proper experimental design, sensitivity of metrics for measuring user behaviour, ecological validity, generalizability of findings, extraction of insights regarding how findings can be translated into actionable requirements, and the alternatives for conducting longitudinal field studies.

interACT @ the 25th ITS World Congress

17-21 September 2018 | Copenhagen, Denmark

interACT organized a special interesting session entitled “SIS14: User-centric approaches enabling wider acceptance of Automated Vehicles in mixed traffic” on Monday the 17th of September, at the Room Nagoya (B4 M5) at 13:30 – 15:00.
The session with speakers from the EU, USA and Japan examined the evolution of research and technologies that can help AVs being widely accepted by the general public by increasing their overall safety and integration within mixed traffic environments. Focus was given on user-centric approaches with regard to AVs implementation and on communication issues with other road users.
The session aimed at gathering key players and stakeholders from industry and academia in the field of automated road transport and presenting the current status of the latest developments while at the same time highlighting relevant challenges and the outlook of those technologies. interact also paricipated in the EC break out session for ART04 projects which was held on the 18th September 2018.

CAD Webinar Series (XII): Designing cooperating interactions of AVs with other road users (interACT project)

25 September 2018

A second webinar dedicated to the interACT project, entitled ‘’Designing cooperating interactions of automated vehicles with other road users – the latest developments of the interACT EU project” was organised by CARTRE on the 25th of September, 2018.

The webinar covered system background knowledge focusing on system design and presented work in progress on advanced pedestrian recognition research and rule-based reasoning for situation understanding and classification.

interACT @ IEA 2018

26-30 August 2018 | Florence, Italy

interact participated with three paper presentations in 20th Congress International Ergonomics Association which was held on 26th-30th of August 2018 in Florence, Italy. The first paper presented by Kostas Gkikas from the School of Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), was entitled “Naturalistic observation of interactions between car drivers and pedestrians in high density urban settings” and the second under the title “Field observations of interactions among drivers at unsignalized urban intersections” was presented by Loizos Psarakis from the School of Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). The third paper presentation entitled “Observing Traffic – Utilizing a Ground Based LiDAR and Observation Protocols at a T-Junction in Germany?” was performed by Andre Dietrich from interACT’s partner TUM.

interACT @ NTU Traffic and Transport Symposium 2018

23 July 2018 | Nottingham, UK

interACT’ s partner Dr. Yee Mun Lee from ITS Leeds presented interACT project through her presentation entitled “Research Projects conducted in Human Factors and Safety” at the Traffic and Transport Symposium 2018. The conference took place in Nottingham Trent University on 23rd of July 2018 and was attended by 30 people who showed special interest about interACT project.

Interview about the findings of the observational studies carried out by interACT

Our partner Natasha Merat from ITS Leeds gave an interesting interview to heise online on the occasion of her presentation at AVS2018 and talked about the results of the observations held in Munich, Athens and Leeds concerning the crossing interactions between the road users.

The interview is available here

interACT @ the 2018 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV’18)

26-29 June 2018 | Changshu, Suzhou, China

interACT’s partners from TUM and Bosch participated in the IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV’18) which was held on the 26th -29th of June 2018 in Changshu, Suzhou, China. They presented four posters under the titles ‘’Worst-Case Analysis of the Time –To-React Using Researchable Sets’’,  ‘’Automatic Generation of Safety-Critical Test Scenarios for Collision Avoidance of Road Vehicles’’, Probabilistic Map-Based Pedestrian Motion Prediction Taking Traffic Participants into Consideration’’ and ‘’Evaluating Location Compliance Approaches for Automated Road Vehicles’’ during the poster sessions of the event.

The poster ‘‘Probabilistic Map-Based Pedestrian Motion Prediction Taking Traffic Participants into Consideration’’ is available here.
Τhe poster ‘’Worst-Case Analysis of the Time –To-React Using Researchable Sets’’ is available here.
The poster ‘’Evaluating Location Compliance Approaches for Automated Road Vehicles’’ is available here.
The poster ‘’Automatic Generation of Safety-Critical Test Scenarios for Collision Avoidance of Road Vehicles’’ is available here.

interACT @ the 15th Conference on Autonomous Systems 2018

11-15 June 2018 | Baden Baden ,Germany

Fanta Camara from ITS Leeds presented the paper entitled ‘’ Filtration analysis of pedestrian-vehicle interactions for autonomous vehicles control’’ at the 15th Conference on Autonomous Systems 2018 on the 11th of June , 2018. The paper presents a study that collects and analyses detailed, manually-annotated, temporal data from real-world human road crossings as they interact with manual drive vehicles. It studies the temporal orderings (filtrations) in which features are revealed to the vehicle and their informativeness over time. It presents a new framework suggesting how optimal stopping controllers may then use such data to enable an AV to decide when to act (by speeding up, slowing down, or otherwise signalling intent to the pedestrian) or alternatively, to continue at its current speed in order to gather additional information from new features, including signals from that pedestrian, before acting itself.

The presentation is available here.

3rd interACT GA meeting

6-8 June 2018 | Athens, Greece

The 3rd interACT GA meeting was hosted by ICCS in Athens. The first day of the meeting was a great opportunity to discuss the outcomes of the last period and to plan the activities of the months to come. The second and third day of the meeting were fully dedicated to our technical workshops. During the second day, we’ve discussed about the findings of the observational studies of interactions among human road users in 3 European countries s and the specifications of the components of the CCPU that will plan and monitor the interaction strategy to be followed by the AV according to the traffic scenario. . In addition, we’ve kick-offed the technical WP5 where we’ve discussed the preparation of the two vehicle demonstrators.

interACT @ 2018 Measuring Behaviour Conference

6-8 June 2018 | Manchester, United Kingdom

Fanta Camara from ITS Leeds presented her paper entitled ‘Empirical game theory of pedestrian interaction for autonomous vehicles’ at the 2018 Measuring Behaviour Conference. In her paper, Fanta Camara used empirical data to measure behaviour of humans in a controlled plus-maze experiment and showed how such data can be used to infer parameters of the model via a Gaussian Process. This provides a more realistic, empirical understanding of the human factors intelligence required by future AVs.

The conference paper is available here.

interACT @2018 VDI Tagung: Optische Technologien conference

5-6 June 2018 | Germany

Jan-Henning Willrodt from HELLA presented his very interesting paper entitled ‘Directed Light for Personalized Addressing of Pedestrians and Cyclists by Automated Vehicles’ on the 6th of June at the 2018 VDI Tagung: Optische Technologien conference which was attended by200 participants! In his paper, Jan-Henning Willdrodt described the technical development on a directed signal lamp based on imaging lenses.

CAD Webinar Series (IX): interACT project

9 May 2018

A webinar dedicated to the interACT project under the title “Designing cooperative interaction of automated vehicles with other road users – the EU project interACT” was organised by CATRE on the 9th of May 2018 from 12:00 to 13.00 CET

External HMI Workshop

19 April 2018 | Vienna, Austria

On April 19 2018, the interACT Consortium organized a workshop on external HMI design for Automated Vehicles in Vienna and invited several international stakeholders with a specific background in HMI design and Human Factors to join us for this event. Twenty participants from the US, Japan, and the EU participated in the workshop. We took the chance to discuss with the experts from industry and academia the most relevant research questions and challenges in the field of external HMI (eHMI) design. The main objectives of the workshop were to raise the awareness for current research work and projects in the field of external HMI for Automated Vehicles. Furthermore, to create a common understanding of Human Factors and HMI challenges related to the design of external HMI and to rate the importance of different challenges and research questions and discuss how these can be tackled on an international level. All participants actively contributed to these objectives by presenting their point of views.

The e-HMI interACT workshop  management summary can be found here.

Findings of the observational studies in three European Countries

Implicit and explicit communication between Human Road Users takes place every day. As a basis for the design of AV behavior and interaction, we were interested to know more about how humans communicate in complex traffic environments and are happy to announce that we successfully completed the cross-cultural observations examining how Human Road Users (HRU) interact. The observations were carried out in three major European cities: Leeds (UK), Athens (Greece) and Munich (Germany). Five different approaches were used to generate the data, enabling a holistic view of interactions: Video recordings of traffic participants; Ground based LiDAR recordings; observation protocols, Questionnaires and an in-vehicle study, in which drivers’ eye gaze was recorded.

Developing expectation-conforming interaction strategies for automated vehicles

The interACT project aims to develop overall interaction strategies to control the interaction between the AV and the on-board user as well as between the AV and other TPs in the surrounding. During the last months we had several discussions within the WP 4 design team to come up with the preliminary interaction strategies for the interact must-have use cases. These are documented in Deliverable D1.1.. The interaction strategies include the first answers to the main question of what messages should be transferred and are significantly influenced by the results on the Human Road User observation of WP 2. After two design workshops and several phone conferences, we came up with three different design variants; these are the perception-signalling design, the intention-signalling design and a combination of those two. Those are documented in Deliverable D4.1 .The information can be transferred either by existing or new external and on-board HMI elements as well as by vehicle movements.

The Cooperation and Communication Planning Unit (CCPU)

The Cooperation and Communication Planning Unit (CCPU) is the central intelligence of the interACT automated vehicle. Safe integration of automated vehicles in mixed traffic environments requires the ability, from the automated vehicle’s side, to interact with the other traffic participants in an intuitive and expectation-conforming manner. Thus, the objective of the CCPU is to predict the evolution of each encountered traffic situation and plan the reaction accordingly while appropriately communicating the automated vehicle’s intention to the other traffic participants as well as to its on-board user.

interACT @ TRA 2018 Conference

16-19 April 2018 | Vienna, Austria

interACT had an energetic presence at TRA 2018, held in Vienna, Austria on the 16th-19th of April 2018. The conference included a great number of sessions, workshops, side events, technical tours and a Marketplace that included a Poster Exhibition and two events including the ΕΤΝΑ2020 Networking and Brokerage Event. The interACT project presented its activities through several means.

During the TRA 2018 at the interACT booth at the EU stand, the TUM VR pedestrian simulator was featured by our partners. André Dietrich from TUM and Alex Tesch from DLR gave a great demonstration and the participants had the chance to experience traffic as pedestrians in Virtual Reality. Among the people who visited interACT booth and tried out the simulator was the European Commissioner for Transport Mrs. Violeta Bulc, the head of Horizon 2020 department in the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) Mr. Alan Haigh and Mrs. Signe Ratso, Director in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade.

interACT @ success stories

12 April 2018

The most successful stories from EU Research are published in European Commission’s website and interACT project was selected to be one of them. The very interesting article under the title `Humanising automated vehicle for safer roads´which was published on the 12th of April 2018, described briefly the project and the expected results. Read more about interACT’s success here.

1st interACT Video

22 March 2018

Cooperative interaction of AVs with other road users in mixed traffic. The 1st interact video which describes the project’s objectives and challenges and presents the cooperative interaction of AVs with other road users in mixed traffic, was released on the 22nd of March

interACT@ the GTB-Focus Group ADS Lighting event

27 February 2018 │ The Hague, Netherlands

An interesting presentation related to the interACT project was performed by Marc Kaup from HELLA during the GTB-Focus Group ADS Lighting event that took place in The Hague, the Netherlands on the 27th of February 2018. Discussions about the development of Exterieur Lighting and HMI for Automated Vehicles took place. Focus was on the question “How could an AV interact in mixed traffic environments?” During his presentation entitled “interACT Project overview” which was attended by over 40 participants, Mr. Kaup introduced the interACT project, its objectives and challenges. The presentation is available here.

interACT @ the TRB 2018 Annual Meeting

7-11 January 2018 │ Washington D.C.

Gustav Markkula from the University of Leeds presented the paper “Models of human decision-making as tools for estimating and optimising impacts of vehicle automation” with a poster at the 2018 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting, that took place in Washington, USA on 7-11 January, 2018.

interACT@ INEA ART coordinator workshop

12 December 2017 | Brussels, Belgium

Anna Schieben, interACT coordinator presented interACT during the1st ART projects workshop that took place in Brussels, Belgium on the 12th of December 2017.  During her presentation entitled ‘interACT – project overview’ Mrs. Schieben introduced the project and its challenges. The workshop provided the projects with an opportunity to introduce themselves and to fully exploit the potential synergies among them. The focus was on encouraging cooperation between projects on activities in the areas of common interest in the wider ART framework.

The presentation is available here.

interACT @ the anniversary event “100 years of education and research on the cutting edge of technology”

27 November │ Athens, Greece

interACT participated to an anniversary event organized by the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), on the occasion of its 100 years of operation, under the theme “100 years of education and research on the cutting edge of technology”, on Monday, November 27, 2017, at the Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens.

The event hosted presentations from the NTUA research groups (including the I-SENSE group) and presentations on the School’s history and vision, along with its academic and research activities and contribution to research and development at a national and international level. Furthermore there was a parallel exhibition of research results and innovative technologies. interACT was presented through the I-SENSE booth in the exhibition area.

The event was addressed to private and public bodies, representatives of the industry and the academic community.

interACT 2nd GA meeting

7-8 November 2017│ Leeds, UK

On the 7th and 8th of  November, interACT partners came together for a very successful 2nd GA meeting and technical workshops at ITS Leeds. Significant results were achieved in the first six months, starting with the scenario and requirement definition (WP1) and the setup of the observational studies in Greece, UK and Germany (WP2). In addition, partners presented the project at first conferences and events and reported a high interest of stakeholders in the project. During the workshops on the second day we kick-offed the technical WPs 3 and 4 and had fruitful discussions about the links between the different WP for the next six month of project.

interACT workshop @ the RSS 2017 – Road Safety & Simulation International Conference

16 October 2017 │ The Hague, Netherlands

On 16 October 2017 Prof. Dr. Natasha Merat (ITS Leeds) – a member of the interACT consortium organized a workshop entitled “External communication techniques for automated vehicles interacting with other road users in mixed traffic” at RSS2017 – Road Safety & Simulation International Conference. The aim of this workshop was to investigate what information pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers of manually controlled vehicles use to interact with each other in a mixed traffic environment, in order to inform on appropriate means of cooperation and interaction between these actors and automated vehicles. As starting point for the workshop, 10 speakers took the chance to quickly present their latest research in the domain within three-minute presentations. For interACT, Ruth Madigan and Gustav Markkula (both ITS Leeds), André Dietrich (Technical University Munich) and Anna Schieben (DLR) introduced the interACT project and interACT research methodologies. Thereafter, about 30 experts from industry and academia started a lively discussion to further exchange their research approaches for studying the interaction of automated vehicles with other road users and to elaborate the most challenging research questions. The discussions were inspired by two selected traffic scenarios from interACT. Additionally, the workshop participants provided their thoughts on successful communication methods and on how such communication capabilities of automated vehicles are likely to influence the design of roads in our future cities. A list of speakers and all presentations can be found here:

interACT@ the International Symposium on Automotive Lighting (ISAL) 2017

25-27 September 2017│  Darmstadt, Germany

A paper entitled “Optical Car-to-Human Communication for Automated Vehicles” was presented by Jan-Henning Willrodt from HELLA,  during the International Symposium on Automotive Lighting (ISAL) 2017 that was held in Darmstadt, Germany, on 25-27 September 2017. The ISAL 2017 symposiums was attended by more than 1000 participants and encouraged the exchange between lighting engineers, road safety experts and regulative bodies.

interACT@ the Lux Junior 2017

8-10 September | Ilmenau, Germany

A paper entitled “Über die Umsetzung einer gerichteten Signalleuchte für automatisierte Fahrzeuge auf Basis einer asphärischen Fläche“ was presented by Jan-Henning Willrodt from HELLA, during the Lux Junior 2017, that was held in Ilmenau, Germany, on 8-10 September 2017.

interACT@ the E-HMI Harmonization Workshop

10 July 2017 │ San Francisco, USA

A presentation related to interACT was performed by Ruth Madigan from the University of Leeds during the E-HMI Harmonization Workshop that took place in the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel on 10 July 2017. During her presentation entitled “Introduction to InterACT “ Ms. Madigan presented the interACT project and provided an outline of the planned work across the lifetime of the project.  The workshop was attended by over 40 participants from various vehicle manufacturers, research institutes, and  OEMs involved in the field of automated vehicles.

The presentation is available here.

interACT@ the Automated Vehicles Symposium, San Francisco

11-13 July 2017 │ San Francisco, USA

The interACT project was successfully presented by Ruth Madigan from the University of Leeds as part of the “Judging a car by its cover: Human Factors implications for automated vehicle external communication” breakout session during the Automated Vehicles Symposium that took place in San Francisco, on 11-13 July 2017. More than 40 participants attended this session, and showed high interest on the subject of the presentation entitled “Needs of Pedestrians Interacting with other vehicles”, particularly in relation to the examination of the 3-way communication between the on-board user, the AV, and the other road users.

The presentation is available here.

interACT kick off meeting

4-5 May 2017 │ Braunschweig, Germany

The interACT project officially launched its activities with the organization of the consortium kick-off meeting that was held in Braunschweig, Germany on 4-5 May 2017 and was hosted by the project coordinator, the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft – und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR). With a full-representation of the interACT consortium, a number of highly productive sessions and two technical workshops, this first meeting set the basis for the fruitful collaboration and successful outcome of the project. The agenda included detailed presentations of the partners’ organisations, the project structure and involved managerial processes as well as technical issues pointing to the required research activities for the following months.

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