On the 3rd of December the MEDIATOR project was presented by Dr. Matthias Beggiato (TUC) during a webinar of the Japanese-German Research Collaboration on Human Factors in Connected and Automated Driving (CADJapanGermany: HF). His presentation “Facial Expressions as Indicator for Discomfort in Automated Driving” included results of face tracking studies. More than 45 participants joined the workshop, representing four Japanese research institutions (University of Tsukuba, University of Tokyo, Kumamoto University, Keio University and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) as well as five German research centers (Technical University of Munich, Technische Universität Dresden, Ulm University, German Aerospace Center, Chemnitz University of Technology).
The overall MEDIATOR approach as well as camera-based driver state monitoring, were considered as very interesting and relevant to tackle Human Factor issues in higher levels of vehicle automation. Even though, privacy concerns and stability of camera-based methods need further discussion and research. Thus, the teams are currently looking for opportunities to organize follow-up workshops and seminars.
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