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Session B2: Human-Machine Symbiosis

Dr. Wendy Ju, Cornell University and Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech: Theatre of the Autonomous Car

Location: Hibiscus B
Date/Time: Tuesday, Sep. 17, 10:45 a.m.

The advent of autonomous vehicles is both exciting and alarming. The success or failure of such systems will very much depend on the driver-vehicle interaction: whether people have a good assessment of what the car perceives and is likely to do, and how they might respond to different situations. In the Stanford Automotive Interactions Lab, we are looking at how people will interact with vehicles in the future, particularly around shared control with automation, the emotional experience of automated driving, and opportunities of learning and adaptation. By using simulation technologies and techniques we can prototype and test interfaces to understand how best to design our future automobiles.

Wendy Ju is an Assistant Professor at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech in the Information Science program. Previously, Dr. Ju was Executive Director at the Center for Design Research at Stanford University, and an Associate Professor of Interaction Design in the Design MFA program at California College of the Arts. Her work in the areas of human-robot interaction and automated vehicle interfaces highlights the ways that interactive devices can communicate and engage people without interrupting or intruding. Dr. Ju has innovated numerous methods for early-stage prototyping of automated systems to understand how people will respond to systems before the systems are built. She has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford, and a Master’s in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT. Her monograph on The Design of Implicit Interactions was published in 2015.

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