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Nicole Ellison Headshot
CCAT Research Review
July 29, 2020
1:00-2:00 PM EST

Please join us for the CCAT Research Review, presenting:

Dr. Robin Brewer, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan – School of Information, Computer Science, and Engineering
Dr. Nicole Ellison, Karl E. Weick Collegiate Professor, University of Michigan – School of Information
Supporting People with Vision Impairments in Automated Vehicles

Robin Brewer is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. She also holds a courtesy appointment in Computer Science and Engineering. Dr. Brewer’s research in human-computer interaction asks how experiences with technology can be more accessible to digitally constrained communities. Much of her work focuses on older adults and people with vision impairments. Dr. Brewer holds a Ph.D. in Technology and Social Behavior from Northwestern University, M.S. in Human-Centered Computing from University of Maryland – Baltimore County, and B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland – College Park. Nicole B. Ellison is the Karl E. Weick Collegiate Professor of Information in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. She received her PhD in Communication Theory and Research in 1999 from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication. Nicole’s research has explored social and interpersonal aspects of online technologies and computer-mediated communication, including research on self-presentational strategies used by online dating participants; the role of social media in reshaping college access patterns for low-income and first-generation college students; and the ways in which users employ the communication affordances of Facebook to receive and give social and informational support to members of their network. This research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the National Academies of Science.

In this presentation, the researchers will cover three projects, including “Supporting People with Vision Impairments in Automated Vehicles“. They focus on the perceived barriers and design solutions of autonomous vehicles from the perspective of blind and low vision people. They will also examine the broader transportation ecosystem and how ridesharing services, a proxy to understanding AV use, are experienced by people with vision impairments. This free webinar will include a Q&A session.

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CCAT Distinguished Lecture Series
Postponed Until Further Notice

Please join us for the CCAT Distinguished Lecture Series event, presenting:

Azim Eskandarian, Professor and Head of Mechanical Engineering Department, Virginia Tech
Advances in Vehicle Safety and Mobility Leading to Autonomous Driving

Azim Eskandarian established the autonomous systems and intelligent machines laboratory at Virginia Tech (VT) to research intelligent and autonomous vehicles and mobile robotics. He has over 35 years of academic and engineering experience and has conducted pioneering research in dynamics and control, intelligent systems, and applied mechanics, with applications in intelligent vehicles, vehicle dynamics and control, automotive safety, neuroengineering, and robotics. Dr. Eskandarian was awarded the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Society’s (ITS) Oustanding Researcher Award in 2017 and the George Washington University’s (GWU) School of Engineering Oustanding Researcher Award in 2013. He was among the top five cited authors of IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) between 2001-2010.

For the foreseeable future, roadways will be a mixed environment of no and partial automation. The most persistent challenge is driving safety which causes over 35,000 fatalities and 2.2 million injuries annually in the United States alone. These crashes result in over 230 million dollars in economic loss every year. This lecture will go over areas of research on vehicle control systems, signal processing, and communication enabled connectivity that can address this pervasive vehicle safety problem. First, Professor Eskandarian will discuss a holistic approach to vehicle safety and its advanced research challenges, Next, he will review advances in vehicle systems, ranging from partial to full autonomy and their collision avoidance implications. Finally, he will cover the future of driving that ensures functional mobility, safety, and congestion mitigation while minimizing energy impacts. You can read the complete abstract here.

Note: In response to the spread of COVID-19 throughout the state of Michigan as well as the safety of our speaker/attendees, we are postponing the CCAT Distinguished Lecture Series for March. We thank everyone that registered for their interest and hope everyone will be available when a new date is announced. Please follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter to get updates on this, and future events, as well as our mailing list.