Faculty member presents research on self-driving cars and pedestrians

 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dr. Sowmya Somanath, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Design, will be presenting research on Autonomous Vehicle–Pedestrian Interaction at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Montreal April 21 to 26.

Collaborating with student Karthik Mahadevan, and Dr. Ehud Sharlin from University of Calgary, the team’s work examined a possible replacement for driver cues using interfaces that communicate the vehicle’s awareness of pedestrians and the vehicle’s next action to the pedestrian.

Through a design exploration study, the team proposed preliminary design space for building such interfaces, focusing on the use of different cue modalities such as visual, auditory, and physical, as well as locations for the interface: the vehicle, street infrastructure, pedestrian, or a combination of the three.

The resulting prototypes were deployed on a Segway and a car for evaluation, with 20 users participating. The work suggests that in conjunction with the vehicle’s motion, interfaces can communicate vital information about an autonomous vehicle to pedestrians and help them make informed crossing decisions.

Three photos of researchers
Karthik Mahadevan, Sowmya Somanath and Ehud Sharlin

Stairwell mural by Eryn Lougheed
Fourth-year Illustration student Eryn Lougheed has completed a mural in 230 Richmond St. W. for the second annual Hullmark Stairwell Mural Career Launcher. 
White book cover with red zig-zag of textile on snow
LandMarks2017/Repères2017 was a Canada 150 Signature Project of large-scale, participation-oriented art and activities of national scope. To commemorate the project, Partners in Art (PIA) has collaborated with Magenta Publishing to create a limited-edition book for members, sponsors, and participating artists that may also be accessed online.
Group shot of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair winners by city hall
Students and alumni from OCADU’s Illustration and Sculpture & Installation programs were among award winners at the 2018 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF) in Nathan Philips Square in July. 
The Saul Bell Design Award for Emerging Artist 22 years or younger was won by a Material Art & Design student at OCAD U.
Communication Arts column features Faculty of Design Dean, Dr. Dori Tunstall
In a feature titled Respectful Design, Dr. Dori Tunstall, OCAD University’s Dean of the Faculty of Design, discusses her work in decolonizing the design curriculum at OCAD U. Dean Tunstall describes the positive reactions she receives at international presentations where she explains how the university is using Respectful Design. The full profile is available online.    
OCAD University congratulates prominent graphic designer and artist Burton Kramer on being named a Member of the Order of Canada. An icon of graphic design in Canada, Kramer’s career has spanned more than 50 years. Having taught at OCAD U for 21 years, Kramer has helped develop future generations of Canadian designers. He has won many prestigious awards worldwide and in 2003, was one of the first recipients of an honorary doctorate from OCAD U. 
Melissa General
The Ontario Arts Council's 2018 Indigenous Arts Award winner Nadya Kwandibens selected OCAD U alumna and staff member Melissa General to receive an emerging leadership award. 
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dr. Sowmya Somanath, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Design, will be presenting research on Autonomous Vehicle–Pedestrian Interaction at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Montreal April 21 to 26.

Collaborating with student Karthik Mahadevan, and Dr. Ehud Sharlin from University of Calgary, the team’s work examined a possible replacement for driver cues using interfaces that communicate the vehicle’s awareness of pedestrians and the vehicle’s next action to the pedestrian.

Through a design exploration study, the team proposed preliminary design space for building such interfaces, focusing on the use of different cue modalities such as visual, auditory, and physical, as well as locations for the interface: the vehicle, street infrastructure, pedestrian, or a combination of the three.

The resulting prototypes were deployed on a Segway and a car for evaluation, with 20 users participating. The work suggests that in conjunction with the vehicle’s motion, interfaces can communicate vital information about an autonomous vehicle to pedestrians and help them make informed crossing decisions.

Poster: 
Three photos of researchers