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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 “.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: http://rss2017.org/workshop-mixed-traffic
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.