Human Centered Vehicle Automation

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BRYAN REIMER, Ph.D.
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 6:30pm – 9pm
IBM Research, 1 Rogers St., Cambridge
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Abstract

Every day, automobiles equipped with increasingly sophisticated autonomous driving technologies are cruising onto the world’s roadways. Tesla, Volvo, Mercedes and others are offering mid-level automation technologies at local dealerships. Today, technology companies such as Google, Uber and Boston’s own nuTonomy are testing highly automated vehicles in limited deployments. Traditional vehicle manufacturers are promising mass-produced, highly automated vehicles in the early to mid-2020s. This technical wave spreading across the landscape has the ability to impact how we live and move through an attention economy where resources unencumbered by one activity will be rapidly reallocated to another. This talk will discuss some of what we know about current trends in vehicle automation, what automation may mean for drivers, and how our mobility options are shifting. Video illustrations from current MIT research highlighting vehicle automation in use, computer vision based data reduction strategies, and other related topics will be discussed. Come explore the evolving transportation ecosystem, learn about some of the theory behind our ability to work with automation, and perhaps see a foreshadowing of life tomorrow.

Bio

Bryan Reimer, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist in the MIT AgeLab and the Associate Director of The New England University Transportation Center at MIT. His research seeks to develop theoretical and applied insight into driver behavior by fusing together traditional psychological methods with big data analytics in computer vision and predictive modeling. His work leverages laboratory experimentation, driving simulation, field testing, and naturalistic study to develop a comprehensive understanding of visual, physiological, behavioral, and overall performance characteristics associated with how drivers respond to the increasing complexity of the modern operating environment. His work aims to find solutions to the next generation of human factors challenges associated with driver attention management, distraction, automation, and the use of advanced driver assistance systems to maximize mobility and safety. He is an author on over 200 technical contributions in transportation and related human factors areas and a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, an M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.

Evening Schedule

6:30 – 7:00 Networking over pizza and beverages
7:00 – 8:30 Meeting
8:30 – 9:00 CHI Dessert and more networking!

Sponsors

IBM Research, Cambridge, is hosting us.

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Autoliv is our major event sponsor.

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Vitamin T is sponsoring dessert.

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Getting there:

For directions to IBM’s 1 Rogers Street facility, see  the Eventbrite registration page for details.

Interfaces, Affordances, and Explanations for Machine Learning Systems

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  • PETER NORVIG, Research Director at Google, Inc.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6:30pm – 9pm
  • Harvard University, Northwest Building Room B-103, 52 Oxford St., Cambridge

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Abstract

In recent years we have seen an increase in systems that use machine learning–to recognize speech and images, to drive cars, to play Go, etc. How should engineers and end users interact with these systems? This talk explores some possibilities.

PETER NORVIG, Research Director at Google, Inc.

Peter Norvig is a Director of Research at Google; previously he directed Google’s core search algorithms group. He is co-author of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, the leading textbook in the field, and co-teacher of an Artificial Intelligence class that signed up 160,000 students, helping to kick off the current round of massive open online classes. He is a Fellow of AAAI, ACM, the California Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Evening Schedule

  • 6:30 – 7:00 Networking over pizza and beverages
  • 7:00 – 8:30 Meeting
  • 8:30 – 9:00 CHI Dessert and more networking!

Sponsors

Harvard University School of Engineering is hosting us.

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Google, Inc. is providing refreshments,

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as is ClearPoint UX Staffing Consultants:

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Vitamin T is sponsoring dessert.

Getting there

Enter 52 Oxford St., Cambridge, at the ground floor and follow BostonCHI signs.  Arrive by foot from the Harvard Square T station; instructions for advance purchase of parking passes will be emailed to attendees.

 

 

Social robots, intelligent devices and their UX challenges

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  • BLADE KOTELLY, VP of Design at Jibo, Inc. & TODD REILY, Robot Experience Architect at Jibo, Inc.
  • Tuesday, Sept 13, 6:30pm – 9pm
  • Constant Contact, 1601 Trapelo Rd, Waltham, MA  02451, United States

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Abstract

Social robots and other intelligent devices promise an incredible future. Yet, the path to that future is likely to be littered with unwanted products, frustrating experiences, and wasted resources. How do we ensure that the future is the one that we want to create, with useful products and services with enjoyable and intuitive experiences? This talk will cover experiences in designing social robots and wearable devices through first-hand experiences in the ups and downs in creating an intuitive user experience for an unfamiliar device.

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BLADE KOTELLY, VP of Design at Jibo, Inc.

Blade Kotelly is obsessed with consumer experience and design. In the past 20 years he’s conceived, designed and implemented solutions for the Fortune 500 in a variety of technologies including: social robotics, speech-recognition systems, search and information access software, security software, and video web and mobile technologies. Blade is on the faculty of MIT as a Sr. Lecturer, teaching courses on design-thinking to both undergraduates and industry leaders. Blade wrote the book on speech-recognition interface design (Addison Wesley, 2003), The Art and Business of Speech Recognition: Creating the Noble Voice, and holds a B.S. in Human-Factors Engineering from Tufts University and a S.M in Engineering and Management from MIT, and is currently consulting to help companies create astounding user-experiences.

TODD REILY, Robot Experience Architect at Jibo, Inc.

Todd Reily has spent his career on the absolute cutting edge of Human-Machine Interaction. He currently designs the core user experience and leads user research at Jibo, creators of the first social robot for the home. He designed Skylight, the leading enterprise software for wearable devices created at APX Labs, which is now in use at Boeing. He also was the Lead Designer for Nuviz – the first heads-up display for motorcycle helmets. He has consulted on design for Tesla, Procter & Gamble, Fidelity, Ernst & Young, the US Air Force, and the US Army. Todd holds a BS in Engineering Psychology from Tufts University and an MS in System Design & Management from MIT.

Evening Schedule

  • 6:30 – 7:00 Networking over pizza and beverages
  • 7:00 – 8:30 Meeting
  • 8:30 – 9:00 CHI Dessert and more networking!

Sponsors

Constant Contact is hosting us.

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Clearpoint is providing food.

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Vitamin T is sponsoring dessert.

Getting there

Constant Contact is conveniently located off 128 in Waltham 1601 Trapelo Rd, Waltham, MA 02451, United States.

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