Theme & Goals

Interacting with Autonomous Vehicles: Learning from other Domains is a one-day workshop at CHI 2018 in Montrèal, Canada. It aims at research and designs that have been done in areas where humans interact with autonomous systems such as automated vehicles, Human-Robot-Interaction (HRI), aeronautics and space, conversational agents, and smart devices.

We will to discuss what can be learnt from other domains for the design and evaluation of automated vehicles. We will cover the following areas:

  • Interaction with autonomous systems
  • HRI & autonomous vehicles
  • Aeronautics and space & automated driving
  • Shared control and authority
  • Control transition (handover & takeover)
  • Mode and situation awareness
  • Acceptance, trust and complacency
  • Conversational agents and chatbots
  • Virtual assistants (e.g., Siri, Alexa)
  • Anthropomorphism
  • Theories and research methods
  • Interaction design and modalities
  • Best practices
  • Ethics

Workshop goals

The workshop has multiple goals in order to inform HCI research and practice within autonomous vehicles:

  • Provide a forum for researchers and designers of human interaction with autonomous systems with a focus on automated vehicles
  • Discuss potential for transferring knowledge from other domains such as HRI and aviation to the design and evaluation of automated vehicles
  • Present research on how the design of human-automated system communication can inform the design of automated vehicles (e.g., chatbots or virtual assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, or Google Assistant)
  • Discuss best practices and patterns for the design of autonomous systems and how they can be applied for the design of automated vehicles
  • Envision new interaction paradigms for the driver to communicate with the automated vehicle
  • Explore new designs for handover and (shared) control situations including authority sharing
  • Explore engineering issues related to safety, reliability, and security properties as well as certification
  • Consider UX factors relevant to the design of interactions with autonomous systems such as acceptance and trust (including complacency)
  • Discuss ethical questions and assess their relevance in the context of critical systems

Participation & Submission

The workshop is intended for HCI researchers, practitioners, designers and developers that deal with the interaction of humans with autonomous systems (e.g., HRI, aeronautics and space, conversational agents, smart devices). Workshop candidates have to submit a position paper (four pages in the CHI extended abstract format – excluding references) via email to . Submission should not be anonymous.

The workshop is restricted to approximately 16 participants. Applications will be selected by workshop chairs, who will evaluate position papers based on their fit with the workshop theme, their originality, and their quality. The author of an accepted submission must attend the workshop, provide a short presentation, and register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the main conference.

Workshop position papers will be made available through the workshop website. Copyright remain with the authors.


  • Position paper: Extended: February 9 (February 2), 2018
  • Notification: February 22, 2018
  • Workshop at CHI2018: April 22, 2018


The tentative schedulr for the workshop is as follows:

09:00 – 09:10
Welcome and introduction to workshop goals and organization
09:10- 10:40
Position Paper Presentations I (presentations 10 min each: Pecha Kucha style + Q&A)
10:40 – 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30
Position Paper Presentations II (presentations 10 min each: Pecha Kucha style + Q&A)
12:30 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:20
World-Cafè-style group discussions on 4 tables (20 minutes slots for each participant on every table)
15:20 – 15:40
Coffee break
15:40 – 16:40
Presentation of results from each table (15 min each)
16:40 – 17:00
Exploration of future work (e.g., joint publication) and wrap-up
Joint workshop dinner (optional)

Accepted Papers

The following papers have been accepted for the workshop:

    • Michael Braun: Are Autonomous Vehicles The Sentient Robots We Were Promised?, braun2018
    • Jessica R. Cauchard: Towards Designing Collocated User Interfaces for Autonomous Vehicles, cauchard2018
    • Sarah Faltaous, Jonas Auda, Stefan Schneegass: Ready, Get Set, Takeover. In the Course of Improving the Drivers’ Situation Awareness, faltaous2018
    • Christian P. Janssen: Interacting with Autonomous Vehicles: What Can We Learn from Cognitive Science?, janssen2018
    • Karthik Mahadevan, Sowmya Somanath, Ehud Sharlin: Enabling Pedestrian Communication with Autonomous Vehicles, mahadevan2018
    • Celia Martinie, Philippe Palanque: Explicit representation of function allocation and authority sharing (initiative and responsibility), martinie2018
    • Brittany E. Noah, Bruce N. Walker: Personalized Driving Displays of Vehicle Automation to Improve Trust and Acceptance, noah2018
    • Sarah Theres Völkel, Ramona Schödel, Heinrich Hussmann: Designing for Personality in Autonomous Vehicles: Considering Individual’s Trust Attitude and Interaction Behavior, voelkel2018
    • Marcel Walch, Michael Weber: Cooperate Rather Than Hand Over: Overcoming System Boundaries in Highly Automated Driving, walch2018
    • Gesa Wiegand, Yuanting Liu: Highway sensor system as enabler for autonomous driving, wiegand2018
    • Philipp Wintersberger, Andreas Riener, Tamara von Sawitzky, Anna-Katharina Frison: System Transparency: An Approach to Increase Trust in Automated Vehicles, wintersberger2018
    • Priscilla N.Y. Wong: Potentials for Enhancing People’s Trust in Autonomous Vehicles, wong2018
    • Jessie Yang, Dawn Tilbury, Anuj K. Pradhan, Lionel Robert: Human Autonomous Vehicles Interactions: An Interdisciplinary Approach, yang2018


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