Transportation: In-Vehicle Experiences

While an autonomous vehicle can be compartmentalized down to its ability to transport a person from point A to point B safely, this is not the only important aspect of the vehicle. How should a user communicate with the autonomous vehicle? What is the best design for the vehicle’s interior and exterior? How do SAE […]

Accessibility: People with Disabilities

An inclusive society is one where people from all backgrounds can engage equally in all activities and endeavors. However, that is not the case, in particular for people with disabilities. Research conducted in this branch examines the barriers limiting people with disabilities from participating in society, what needs to be addressed, and how to design […]

Research for Social Good: Education & Community

In this thrust, our research explores, identifies, and seeks to address societal ills that negatively impact individuals from one or more populations. Projects within this area are targeted at promoting inclusion and equity in a variety of contexts, such as education, transportation, and AI, producing guidelines or technology that may help to mitigate disparities in […]

An Open Road Evaluation of a Self-Driving Vehicle Human-Machine Interface Designed for Visually Impaired Users

ABSTRACT Fully autonomous or “self-driving” vehicles are an emerging technology that may hold tremendous mobility potential for individuals who are visually impaired who have been previously disadvantaged by an inability to operate conventional motor vehicles. Prior studies however, have suggested that these consumers have significant concerns regarding the accessibility of this technology and their ability […]