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Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics

CAPE Lecture, 8 May 2018: A robot in my driveway? by Dr Bryan Reimer, MIT

Abstract: The concept of automating vehicles and removing the driver from direct control of the throttle, brake, and steering wheel was first explored nearly 100 years ago. Over the decades since, automation has infiltrated the automobile. Today, on the heels of the DARPA Urban Challenge and Google’s Self-Driving Car Project, we are closer than ever to realizing aspirations of a century ago, but challenges remain. This talk will center on elements of what is known about our move toward increased vehicle automation. Topics to be considered include the evolution of robo-taxis, observations on the use of production level automated driving features, and the shifting nature of what we do in modern vehicles. How might the intersection of artificial intelligence embodied in one the most complex activities humans perform intersect with society’s demand for economical, efficient and safe mobility? What are key gateways to facilitating robots on the road? How can human factors and psychology research and policy leadership help to accelerate innovations that are changing how we live and move?

Bio: Bryan Reimer, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist in the MIT AgeLab and the Associate Director of The New England University Transportation Center. His work aims to find solutions to the next generation of human factors challenges associated with driver attention management, distraction, automation and the use of advanced driver assistance systems to maximize mobility and safety. He collaborates with industries worldwide and founded and leads the Advanced Human Factors Evaluator for Attentional Demand (AHEAD) consortium, aimed at developing the next generation of driver attention measurement tools and the Advanced Vehicle Technology (AVT) consortium, focused on developing an understanding of driver use of emerging vehicle technologies including production level automated driving systems.

Dr. Reimer has been honored with an inaugural 2018 Autos2050 Impact Award for his innovative contributions to the automotive industry. He is an author on over 200 technical contributions in transportation and related human factors areas. He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, an M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.