Last update:2019/07/05

8th Workshop Automotive HMIs: User Interface Research in the Age of New Digital Realities

Mensch und Computer 2019 (September 8, 2019)


  • 2019-04-05: Workshop proposal submitted to MuC 2019
  • 2019-04-18: Workshop accepted for Mensch und Computer 2019 conference
  • 2019-04-27: Initial version of the website online
  • 2019-05-19: The workshop will take place at MuC'19 as full day workshop (09:00AM-05:00PM) in Ost Seminarraum 123
  • 2019-06-06: Due to several requests, the submission deadline is extended to June 21st, 2019
  • 2019-07-05: Acceptance notifications sent out. We are pleased to announce that 4 high-quality contributions could be accepted for the workshop.
  • 2019-07-05: Camera ready versions of accepted position papers are due July 12, 2019. Please note: Upload your final paper via OpenConf ( and select MCI-WS15)
  • 2019-07-05: Tentative workshop schedule, accepted (position) papers, and presentation order we be published online soon...


Even though many aspects of automated driving have not yet become reality, many human factors issues have already been investigated. However, recent discussions revealed common misconceptions in both research and society about vehicle automation and the levels of automation levels. This might be due to the fact that automated driving functions are misnamed (cf. Autopilot) and that vehicles integrate functions at different automation levels (L1 lane keeping assistant, L2/L3 traffic jam assist, L4 valet parking). The user interface is one of the most critical issues in the interaction between humans and vehicles - and diverging mental models might be a major challenge here. Today’s (manual) vehicles are ill-suited for appropriate HMI testing for automated vehicles. Instead, virtual or mixed reality might be a much better playground to test new interaction concepts in an automated driving setting.
In this workshop - motivated by the conference theme - we will look into the potential of new digital realities for concepts, visualizations, and experiments in the car, e.g., by replacing all the windows with displays or transferring the entire environment into a VR world. We are further interested in discussing novel forms of interaction (speech, gestures, gaze-based interaction) and information displays to support the driver/passenger.

Workshop and topics of interest

In this workshop, we would like to bring together researchers and developers from academia and industry on innovative HMI research ideas to foster knowledge transfer and facilitate networking. Group work to come-up with (radical) new ideas and interactive sessions are an important part of this workshop and shall serve as a basis for future work, ideally as a nucleus for new cooperative projects. The main goal of the workshop is to discuss challenges and opportunities in automotive user interface research, such as mental models, misuse of terms, intransparency, etc. that might hinder or support the application on a broader basis. In particular, we are interested in radical innovative ideas for future HMI research in virtual (mixed) reality. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to
  • User interface concepts to foster trust and acceptance (e.g., transparency displays) for the different levels of automation
  • Futuristic (mixed reality) concepts of shared control, vehicle interior, and in-vehicle non-driving-related
  • User experience design for automated vehicles
  • Personalization of vehicle behavior and interfaces
  • Approaches that support situation awareness through design

Workshop organizers

Please feel free to contact one of the organizers (in no particular order) in case you have any workshop related questions.

Andreas Riener Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI), Ingolstadt, Germany
Stefan Geisler Hochschule Ruhr West Bottrop, Germany MuC 2019
Bastian Pfleging Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Tamara von Sawitzky Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI), Ingolstadt, Germany
Henrik Detjen Hochschule Ruhr West Bottrop, Germany

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