interACT @ DLR celebration of the 10 Year’s school

13 November 2019 | Cologne, Germany

Anna Schieben, our coordinator, presented interACT during the celebration of 10 Year’s school on the 13th of November at DLR premises. Young students had the opportunity to learn how automated vehicles might communicate in the future.

interACT @ VDI conference Mensch-Maschine Mobilität

5 November 2019 | Germany

Our partner Carmen Kettwich from DLR participated in VDI conference Mensch-Maschine Mobilität, Braunschweig, held on 5th November 2019. He presented the paper entitled “Designing the interaction of pedestrians with automated vehicles”.

Radio interview about interACT 

30 October 2019 | Germany

An interesting radio interview was given by our interACT coordinator Anna Schieben. The interview was broadcasted on the 30th of October 2019 for Deutschland radio station.

interACT @ ITSC 2019

27-30 October 2019 | Auckland, New Zealand

Our interACT partners from Bosch attended the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC 2019) and presented a paper entitled “Calibration of Controlled Markov Chains for Predicting Pedestrian – Crossing Behavior Using Multi-objective Genetic Algorithms” on 28th of October 2019.

3rd interACT integration workshop

21-25 October 2019 | Orbassano, Turin, Italy

The 3rd interACT integration workshop took place on 21-25 October 2019, in Orbassano, Turin, Italy. Its main goal was the preparation of the autonomous vehicle (AV) for the needs of the evaluation studies in the framework of WP6.

interACT @ ISO Meeting

8 October 2019 | Montreal, Canada

Our interACT partners Klaus Bengler and Ruth Madigan, from University of Leeds, participated in ISO AV Exterior Communications TR 23735 Task Force Fall meeting.

interACT @ Science is Wonderful!

25-26 September 2019 | Brussels, Belgium

interACT was presented in Science is Wonderful! Exhibition through an information stand. The event took place on 25th and 26th September 2019 together with the first edition of the European and Innovation Days (EU R&I Days) in Brussels.

interACT @ ISAL 2019

23-25 September 2019 | Darmstadt, Germany

Two interACT papers were presented in International Symposium on Automotive Lighting (ISAL 2019), held on 23-25th September 2019, in Darmstdt in Germany.

interACT @ AutoUI 2019

22-25 September 2019 | Utrecht, the Netherlands

interACT partner Prof. Natasha Merat participated in AutoUI 2019 (AutoUI ’19) and presented the paper “Understanding The Messages Conveyed by Automated Vehicles”.

interACT @ RSS International Conference

2-5 September 2019 | Belfast, Northern Ireland

Two interACT papers were presented in the RSS International Conference, held in Belfast, Northern Ireland from 2nd to 5th September 2019.

HMI integration on CRF demo vehicle

29-30 August 2019 | Lippstadt, Germany

interACT partners from HELLA are integrating the Light Band, thus the eHMI component, on the CRF demonstrator vehicle at HELLA’s premises, Lippstadt, Germany.

BMW demonstrator workshop

26-27 August 2019 | Munich, Germany

interACT partners from BMW, Hella and TUM gathered on 26th and 27th August 2019 at BMW premises in Munich, Germany to have a workshop regarding the BMW demonstrator. On the first day, our partners from Hella delivered the final body parts with the integrated 360° eHMI as well as the single lamp directed signal lamp.

interACT @ HCI International 2019

26-31 July 2019 | Orlando, Florida, USA

Two interact papers were presented in the HCI International 2019 that was held in Orlando, FL, USA from 26th to 31st July 2019. interact partner Florian Weber, from BMW, presented the scientific paper under the title Crossing the Street Across the Globe: A Study on the Effects of eHMI on Pedestrians in the US, Germany and China to more than 30 attendees.

interACT @ COGSci 2019

24-27 July | Montreal, Canada

Our partner Gustav Markkula from ITS Leeds participated in the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (COGSci) and presented the paper At the zebra crossing: Modelling Complex Decision Making with Variable – Drift Diffusion Models. The event took place in Montreal, Canada on 24-27TH July 2019. COGSci is an annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society that is aimed at basic and applied cognitive science research. The conference hosts the latest theories and data from the world’s best cognitive science researchers. Each year, in addition to submitted papers, researchers are invited to highlight some aspect of cognitive science.

2nd interACT Integration Workshop

22-26 July 2019 | Turin, Italy

Similarly to the previous one, also the 2nd interACT Integration Workshop took place in CRF premises, in Orbassano, Turin, Italy on 22-26 July 2019.
Its main goal was the integration of the new SW release of the CCPU modules and the technical verification of the CRF vehicle, along with the preparation of the hardware components of WP3-5.

interACT @ AVS 2019  

15-18 July 2019 | Automated Vehicle Symposium, Orlando, USA

interACT partner Prof. Natasha Merat performed a presentation entitled Developing External Interfaces for Automated Vehicles: Preliminary results from the European interACT project in front of about 1000 people, during her participation in the AVS 2019 which was held in Orlando, USA from 15th until 18th July 2019.

interACT @ Driving Assessment Conference 2019

24-27 June 2019 | Santa Fe, Mexico

Our interACT partner Prof. Natasha Merat attended the 10th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design that was held from 24th until 27th June 2019 in Santa Fe, Mexico.

interACT @ ITS Europe 2019

3-6 June 2019 | Brainport, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

interACT had a strong presence during the ITS Europe 2019. A Joint Special Session was organized along with BRAVE project and Trustvehicle, entitled “SIS43: Human-centred design of automated vehicle for a safe integration into mixed traffic” which was held on 5th June 2019. During the session, Anna Schieben the interACT coordinator from DLR moderated the discussions about the cooperative interaction of automated vehicles with other traffic users among the speakers.

1st interACT Integration Workshop

13 & 16 May 2019 | Turin, Italy

The 1st interACT Integration Workshop took place in CRF premises, in Orbassano, Turin, Italy on 13th and 16th of May 2019.
Its main goal was the technical verification of the CRF vehicle, along with the preparation of the software and hardware components of WP3-5.

5th interACT GA meeting

15-16 Μay 2019 | Turin, Italy

The 5th interACT GA meeting was hosted by our partner CRF at Turin, Italy on 15-16 May 2019. During the first day lots of interesting presentations and fruitful discussions among the partners concerning the project’s progress took place.

Article on DLR magazine about interACT

May 2019 | Online

A very informative article about interACT and the research held on the interaction between the automated vehicles and other road users, was published in the renown DLR magazine of our partner DLR. You can find the magazine here

interACT @ 2nd stakeholder workshop of the joint CAD Network

4 April 2019 | Brussels, Belgium

interACT took part in a stakeholder workshop that was held on 4th April 2019 in Brussels, Belgium after the EUCAD 2019 conference, by ARCADE project with the support of INEA. This workshop focused more on R&I initiatives, European and national, their results, challenges and gaps in the context of ARCADE thematic areas.

interACT @ EUCAD 2019

2-3 April 2019 | Brussels, Belgium

interACT together with its sister projects BRAVE and TrustVehicle participated in EUCAD 2019 that was held on 2-3th April 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. The three projects were in the information stand No 3 and informed everyone about their latest developments and automobility. Moreover, visitors could see how automated vehicles might communicate in the future in mixed traffic environments by using the pedestrian simulator created by our partner TUM.

Radio Interview about interACT

3 March 2019 | Germany

Marc Wilbrink’s interview was broadcasted again on 3rd March 2019 for BR PODCAST radio station. The main focus of the interview was DLR’s research activities in Virtual Reality linked to WP4 to design a understandable, accepted and trusted design for external HMI of automated vehicles.

Evaluation work package gets underway

Work package 6 of the interACT project on evaluation got underway in October 2018. This work package will evaluate and assess the impact of the interaction strategies and communication methods developed during the project. A technical workshop involving all interACT partners was held in November in Abstatt, Germany, to discuss our approach to this work.

interACT @ TRB Annual Meeting 2019

13-17 January 2019 | Washington D.C, USA

Dr. Angelos Amditis, the research director of ICCS was invited to present an overview of interACT during the International Programs on Road Vehicle Automation on 14th January 2018 on the occasion of the TRB Annual Meeting, which was held in Washington D.C, USA on 13-17th January 2019.

interACT mid-term review

19 December 2018 | Brussels, Belgium

After half of the project run time, the interACT coordinator and all WP leaders travelled to Brussel on 19th December 2018 to conduct the mid-term review meeting of the project. During the review meeting we presented the status of all WPs. We also took the opportunity to demonstrate the current status of the project by several live demos during the lunch break.

interACT @ H2020RTR 2018

28-29 November 2018 | Brussels, Belgium

The H2020RTR 2018 European Conference Results from Road Transport Research in H2020 projects , a dedicated conference to present all the results from road transport research in H2020 funded projects was organised by ERTRAC, EGVIA and the EC Transport R&I Directorate in Brussels, Belgium on 28-29th November 2018. Anna Schieben, interACT coordinator from DLR presented the project’ s results during the session” Towards 0 fatalities “.

Radio interview about interACT

23 November 2018 | Germany

Marc Wilbrink, interACT’s partner from DLR gave a very interesting interview for the NDR radio station, Germany. The main focus of the interview was DLR’s research activities in Virtual Reality linked to WP4 to design a understandable, accepted and trusted design for external HMI of automated vehicles.

interACT @ Joint Workshop of European Projects on Automated Road Transport

21 November 2018 | Hamburg, Germany

On 21st November 2018 the workshop ‘Joint Workshop of European Projects on Automated Road Transport’ was held in Hamburg, Germany. The workshop was organized by the AutoMATE project and other six EU funded projects, including interACT, joined in order to share their insights of research on autonomous vehicles. Marc Wilbrink, interACT partner from DLR led the session named ”Relevant Use Cases for Autonomous Vehicles”.

interACT/InMotion online workshop

19 November 2018

A very fruitful online meeting between interACT project and InMotion was held on 19th November 2018. The two projects’ coordinators, Anna Schieben from DLR on behalf of interACT and Matthias Beggiato from TU Chemnitz representing InMotion, and several reseachers of both projects had the chance to discuss about the observation and evaluation methodologies used and exchange valuable knowledge. The workshop resulted in the agreement for future collaboration between the two projects.

interACT @ SIP Adus workshop

13-15 November 2018 | Tokio, Japan

interACT partners from ITS Leeds, participated in the Human Factors breakout session of the SIP-Adus workshop with the presentation entitled “Research Projects conducted in Human Factors and Safety” which more than 30 people attended. This annual global cooperative activity seeks at resolving the challenges to implement Automated Driving Systems and gathers international experts from Europe and Asia.

4th interACT GA meeting

12-15 November 2018 | Abstatt, Germany

The 4th interACT GA meeting was held on 12-15th November 2018 and was hosted by interACT’s partner BOSCH in the company’s facilities in Abstatt, Germany. During the first and the last day several technical workshops were held, whereas on the second day the consortium presented the project’s progress and discussed about their future goals. The meeting was also meant to prepare the mid-term review of the project in December 2018. Futhermore, all project partners took the opportunity to see the CRF demonstrator equipped with all sensors by BOSCH in the workshop in Abstatt for the first time.

interACT @ IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC)

4-7 November 2018 | Maui, Hawaii, USA

Fanta Camara, interACT’s partner from ITS Leeds presented a paper under the title “Predicting pedestrian road-crossing assertiveness for autonomous vehicle control” at the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC). The conference was held on 4-7th November 2018 in Maui, Hawaii, USA and had more than 1000 attendees.

interACT @ the German delegation & the ISO meeting

8 & 18 October 2018 | Berlin, Germany & Milan, Italy

Anna Schieben, the interACT coordinator, from DLR presented interACT project during the German VDA working group “Mensch-Maschine-Schnittstelle” in Berlin. The event was held on 8th October 2018, and the participants had the chance to attend 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 about the presentation afterwards. Anna Schieben was invited to speak at the ISO TC22 SC39 WG 8 HMI meeting in Milan on 18th October 2018, during which she presented the project online to about 30 experts from Europe, the USA and Japan.

interACT @ EPIC 2018

9-11 October 2018 | Ηonolulu, Hawaii, USA

The Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC) 2018 was held in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA on  9th-11th October 2018 with about 600 attendees. Our highly talented visiting students at ITS Leeds and DLR, Markus Rothmüller, Pernille Holm Rasmussen and Signe Alexandra Vendelbo-Larsen (all from Aalborg University) presented their paper under the title ‘Designing for Interactions with Automated Vehicles – Navigating Ethnography at the Boundary of Quantitative-Data-Driven Disciplines’ and was attended by around 200 people. The paper critically reflects on three decisive elements from an anthropological perspective for developing external human-machine interfaces for automated vehicles to be cooperative when interacting with human road users in mixed-, urban-, future traffic situations.

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 on 1-5th October, 2018 through a poster session . More than 300 people participated in the conference and about 50 people attended Fanta Camara’s  short presentation concerning the poster entitled ‘ 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 28th September 2018 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 | Frankfurt, Germany

Anna Schieben, the interACT coordinator, from DLR took part in the 5th International VDI Conference – Automotive HMI & Connectivity which was held on  26-27th September  2018, in Frankfurt, Germany. The conference gave a comprehensive overview of the human-machine interface (HMI) and connectivity in vehicles. 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 a special focus was given on human factors and HMI challenges for automated vehicles in mixed traffic, 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 September 2018 at the Bahen Centre of the University of Toronto. Partners from the interACT team (ITS Leeds and DLR) were among the organisers along with scientists from the Eindhoven University of Technology in Netherlands, and the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE). The workshop focused on identifying the strengths and weaknesses of various methodologies that could potentially be used to study such interactions. The objective laid in determining the proper experimental design, sensitivity of metrics for measuring user behavior, 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

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  25th September 2018.
The webinar covered presentations on the current status of the development of the Cooperation and Coordination Planning Unit (CCPU) as central core unit of the interACT system and information about the work in progress on advanced pedestrian recognition research and rule-based reasoning for situation understanding and classification. The webinar was very well attended and around xxx participants joint us to learn more about the technical developments in interACT.

interACT @ the 25th ITS World Congress

17-21 September 2018 | Copenhagen, Denmark

interACT organized a Special Interest Session entitled ‘SIS14: User-centric approaches enabling wider acceptance of Automated Vehicles in mixed traffic’ on Monday 17th September 2018 together with the other ART04 projects TrustVehicle and BRAVE. This session attracted great interest; about 100 participants joined the presentations and filled the room completely.
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. 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 @ IEA 2018

26-30 August 2018 | Florence, Italy

interACT participated with three paper presentations in the 20th Congress International Ergonomics Association which was held on 26-30th 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 also from (NTUA). The third paper presentation entitled ‘Observing Traffic – Utilizing a Ground Based LiDAR and Observation Protocols at a T-Junction in Germany?’ was given 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 the 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 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 Prof. 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 @ AVS 2018

9-12 July 2018 |San Francisco, USA

Prof. Natasha Merat, interACT’s partner from ITS Leeds presented the project during the Automated Vehicles Symposium 2018 which was held in San Francisco, USA on 9th-12th July 2018. She also took part in a very interesting workshop where she talked about the results of the observations made held in Munich, Athens and Leeds concerning the crossing interactions between the road users.

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.

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.

Dr. 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.  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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**SAVE THE DATE!**🗓️ 👉- 1st April 2020 - The @interACT_EU #FINAL_EVENT entitled "Designing cooperative interact…

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The 4th @interACT_EU #newsletter issue is #out 📨& we invite you to #read about the latest project developments and…