Driving Research

Finding safer and more effective interfaces for in-vehicle technologies...

Primary Skills:

Matlab Scripting

Max/MSP Programming

Physiological Data/HW

Data Collection & Analysis

Study Design

The duo of technology and driving has become a major pain to both citizens and legislators. More mobile technologies are developed every day to empower users while on the road, and yet humanity seems to struggle with the critical balance of safety. In the Georgia Tech Sonification Lab, we strive to develop more effective and less dangerous interfaces to allow people to use their technologies with greatly reduced risk of death and injury.

Driving Simulator
The Georgia Tech Driving Simulator by NADS (National Advanced Driving Simulator)

As a research lab, we have looked into countless studies to understand how users operate in a vehicle - emulated by our high fidelity driving simulator at Georgia Tech. Naturally, redirecting one's visual attention to a small phone screen is a likely cause for this danger, but fortuntately sound can help relieve this issue. Recent work is focusing on how to help users navigate lists on a phone, such as a contacts list or a music playlist.

Driving HR
Collecting heart rate data with a NeXus-10 biometric data system

My role in this research has an emphasis on study design, physiological equipment, and data analysis. For example, the most recent work is looking at how heart rate and pupil size change as cognitive load from non-driving tasks increases. My contributions involved setting up and calibrating all physiological data devices, coordinating the raw data streams, and compiling it all with Matlab scripts. It is our belief that eventually, researchers will be able to use our findings to facilitate data collection and speed up the development of other departmental endeavours in driving interface research.

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