Three papers involving AgeLab research appeared at the 3rd International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, which was held in Miami, Florida. A paper led by Bryan Reimer, presented a methodology used to assess the new BMW iDrive in-vehicle information and telematics system. As part of the “human machine interface” redesign, MIT AgeLab research on the intuitiveness and learnability of the system contributed to the BMW design team’s enhancements of the product.
The second paper was headed by Ying Wang, who, with her colleagues, summarizes results from a driving simulation study that measured visual attention, pupil diameter and simulated driving performance. They found gaze dispersion to be an indicator of cognitive workload. This effort provides supporting data for the laboratory’s broader research in driving performance and driver distraction.
The final paper, presented by Klaus Bengler of the Technical University of Munich, the summarized results of a joint MIT, BMW, TUM project on understanding the functionality and design preferences of automotive interfaces.
In order of mention:
Reimer, B., Niedermaier, B., Bengler, K., Mehler, B., Coughlin, J. (2010). A Methodology for Evaluating Multiple Aspects of Learnability: Testing an Early Prototype of the New BMW iDrive. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, Miami, Florida.
Wang, Y., Reimer, B. Mehler, B., Zhang, J., Mehler, A., Coughlin, J. (2010). The Impact of Repeated Cognitive Tasks on Driving Performance and Visual Attention. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, Miami, Florida.
Bengler, K., Coughlin, J., Reimer, B., Niedermaier, B. (2010). Interactive-Consumer Design & Evaluation (I-CODE): A method to investigate Cognitive Structures of User's on Automotive Functionalities. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, Miami, Florida.
For more information on these publications, visit the Conference’s site here.