Bilateral initiative on cooperative and autonomous vehicles

The initiative aims to promote knowledge exchange, dissemination and future cooperation between the two institutions in the field of Human Factors applied to Connected, Cooperative and Automated Vehicles (CCAV).

The COOPERATIVE initiative, Identifying human factors challenges in connected, cooperative, and automated vehicles use-cases,  is the starting point for the cooperation between the Centro de Computação Gráfica (CCG) in Portugal and IFE within the framework of the Bilateral Relations Fund.

The initiative is motivated by recent advances in the field of connected and automated driving, which are expected to deeply transform our mobility landscape with foreseeable benefits in terms of safety, traffic efficiency and urban space occupation.

However, this technological evolution raises important issues regarding human-machine interaction that must be tackled to ensure an appropriate balance between human control and automation.

CCG and IFE are R&D Institutions working at the forefront of the human-machine interaction discipline. We cooperate closely with major industrial players in our respective countries and internationally, to understand how human behavior is affected by automation and how the relation between human and machine can be improved.

This initiative is aimed at establishing an institutional cooperation between the two institutions. It will seek to identify the most pressing challenges in human interaction with CCAVs, promoting knowledge exchange and dissemination and the establishment of a collaborative research roadmap for the future.

Several activities are planned, the most important one being:

  • Three workshops (Guimarães and Halden)
  • An online seminar with relevant stakeholders
  • The preparation of two white papers
  • Joint participation on a major conference, taking place in Portugal

The initiative will strengthen the institutional relations between CCG and IFE and reach out to the broader research, industry, and regulatory communities, as well as the general public. We expect this effort will improve CCG’s and IFE’s ability to tackle the challenges raised by human-machine interaction in CCAVs, strengthening our role as reference R&D institutions in our respective countries and in Europe.

IFE DS has many years of experience working with human factors topics, for example exploring human machine interfaces and their impact on system performance as well as exploring the interaction between humans and automated systems. Within this initiative we will be able to explore international networks on a highly relevant research topic concerning CCAVs, sharing knowledge and experience and positioning ourselves for the up-coming calls within the new Horizon Europe program.

The current project is financed by EEA Grants. For more information, please consult: https://www.eeagrants.gov.pt/en/eea-grants/
Computer Graphics Center homepage: https://www.ccg.pt/cooperative-uma-iniciativa-que-liga-portugal-e-a-noruega/

 

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