Last update:2021/04/01

9th Workshop Automotive HMIs: Natural and Adaptive UIs to Support Future Cars

Mensch und Computer 2021


  • 2021-03-12: Workshop proposal submitted to MuC 2021
  • 2021-03-27: Workshop accepted for Mensch und Computer 2021 conference (September 5-8, 2021)
  • 2021-03-30: Initial version of the website online
  • 2021-03-30: The workshop will take place at MuC'20 as full day workshop (11:00AM-05:30PM)


Modern vehicles allow control by the driver with multimodal user interfaces (UIs), touch interaction on screens, speech input, and mid-air gestures. Such UIs are driver-focused and optimized for limited distraction to not compromise road safety in manual driving. Nevertheless, they are often complex and it might be difficult to find specific features. Automated driving in L3+ will disrupt the design of automotive UIs as drivers become passengers, at least for certain parts along the way. Similarly, the car is being transformed into a social space where passengers can be granted control over systems because they can devote their full attention without imposing safety risks. The complexity of advanced driver assistance, in-vehicle information and interaction systems requires explanation to the user, e.g., in which state the system is, interaction possibilities, expectations from the driver or take over timing. %In this workshop we want to address the required change of in-vehicle UIs in the transition to automated driving. We expect novel technologies to allow for natural interaction and adaptivity to design valuable and future-proof interaction concepts for the changing interior of (automated) vehicles. The goal of this workshop is, thus, to discuss how natural and adaptive user interfaces can help to solve the mentioned challenges and to identify opportunities for future research and collaboration.

Workshop and topics of interest

The main goal of the workshop is to discuss challenges and opportunities for natural interaction and adaptive systems in automotive user interface research, e.\,g., (1) Natural interaction in complex environments, (2) Adaptation to the driver state and driving context, (3) User experience design for automated vehicles, (4) User interfaces for novel user groups, (5) Inclusive interaction for social settings in the car, (6) Interaction concepts for collaborative/cooperative driving, (7) Methods and approaches to foster trust and acceptance, (8) Concepts related to pleasure of driving, (9) Personalization of vehicle behavior and interfaces and (10) 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
Bastian Pfleging Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands MuC 2021
Henrik Detjen Hochschule Ruhr West Bottrop, Germany
Michael Braun BMW Group Research, Munich, Germany
Jakob Peintner Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI), Ingolstadt, Germany

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