Professor Gary Burnett, University of Nottingham

Professor Gary Burnett holds a chair in Transport Human Factors within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham. He has over 25 years’ experience in Human Factors research and development relating to advanced technology within road-based vehicles - and has worked closely with a number of vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers. His work addresses key safety, usability, and acceptance issues for advanced in-car systems and HMIs.

Presentation: From Horseless Carriages to Driverless Cars: Human-Centred Design for Future Vehicles
Higher levels of automation are now inevitable for future automobiles. Users of such cars will demand fundamentally different experiences compared with the drivers and passengers of today. In this respect, a plethora of Human Factors Engineering issues will be central to defining what that experience could/should be, including fundamental topics such as trust, motion sickness, user-system transitions, behaviour change, etc.

This talk will describe research conducted by Professor Burnett and his team at the University of Nottingham investigating human-centred design for future vehicles. An emphasis will be placed on issues related to the design and evaluation of the Human-Machine Interface (HMI), including the use of natural language interfaces, augmented reality and gesture-based interaction.