First Workshop on Attentive and

Pervasive UI in Automated Vehicles

@AutoUI 2019, 22.09.2019, Utrecht (NL)

Philipp Wintersberger
Remo van der Heiden
Shadan Sadeghian Borojeni
Michael Gerber
Paul Green


Multitasking in vehicles is already a major source of accidents in manual driving. In automated vehicles, drivers will shift their attention between side activities and tasks relevant for vehicle control.  It is important to avoid conflicts between the users' resources and the demands of various information systems (vehicle subsystems, infotainment system, brought-in devices, etc.),  to maintain safety, comfort, and productivity. Attentive and Pervasive User Interfaces aim at integrating users' devices and services, managing user attention (structure communication, support task switching, etc.), and adjust their behavior/responses to fit the contextual variation of the safety critical driving environment. 

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In automated vehicles, drivers will shift their attention between
side activities and tasks relevant for vehicle control.
As random interruptions lead to performance degradation
and are a source of stress/anxiety, use of pervasive attentive
user interfaces could mitigate such effects while
maintaining comfort and safety. However, in order to develop
such interfaces, a more holistic approach to design
is needed. This workshop brings researchers and practitioners
together to develop a structured research agenda
to determine how attentive user interfaces can support the
safe engagement in side activities in automated vehicles.
After an open discussion will identify the main research
questions, groups will model/prototype interactions using
a configurable driving simulator provided by the organizers.
Results will be published at the workshop website and
should lead to scientific publications and collaborations.


Attentive User Interfaces: Computer interfaces that are sensitive to the user’s attention; measure and model the focus and priorities of attention; structuring communication such that the limited resource of attention is allocated
optimally across the user’s tasks (Vertegaal, 2003).

Pervasive Computing: Environment saturated with computing and  communication capability gracefully integrated with users; minimal user distraction; interaction almost at subconscious level; seamless integration of
devices/services, automatically adjusting behavior to fit circumstances.

Pervasive Attentive User Interfaces: Continuously manage users’ attention in daily life, simultaneously optimizing for both information throughput and
subtlety (Bulling, 2016).

see Relevant Publications for further readings

The half-day workshop encurages researchers and practitioners from domains such as computer science, neuroscience, psychology, etc. to actively contribute with their knowledge and experience.