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CLT seminar: Multimodal dialogue strategies for reduced driver distraction in the SIMSI project


Driver distraction is one common cause of accidents, and is often caused by the driver interacting with technologies such as mobile phones, media players or navigation systems. In SIMSI, we have taken steps towards developing a system which enables safe interaction with technologies in vehicles, by reducing the cognitive load imposed by the interaction and minimizing head-down time.

The primary goal of the project has been to carry out research focusing on reducing driver distraction using integrated multimodality and dialogue strategies for cognitive load management. Based on the research, the project has developed interaction strategies for minimizing distraction, and empirically investigated different interaction strategies from a safety perspective. To reach this goal, a number of activities have been carried out:

  • A technical setup for testing and demonstrating the system was constructed to enable simulator tests and demonstrations of the system.

  • A couple of applications to interact with were designed and implemented, to enable testing of the generic interaction strategies developed in the project.

  • Interaction strategies for reducing visual and cognitive distraction were designed and implemented. The interaction strategies were divided into (1) multimodal solutions to reduce head-down time (visual distraction), and (2) solutions for reducing the cognitive load of the driver.

  • Tests of the implemented applications and strategies were carried out that potentially allows results to feed back into the development cyclle

We will present some initial results at the seminar. Although test results are still being analyzed, we believe that the SIMSI system will be shown to reduce distraction, cognitive load and head-down time considerably when compared to other state-of-the-art in-vehicle interaction models.

Date: 2014-04-10 10:30 - 11:30

Location: L308, Lennart Torstenssonsgatan 8


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