Workshop Goals

Informing a driver of the vehicle’s changing state and environment is a major challenge that grows with the introduction of automated in-vehicle assistant and infotainment systems. Poorly designed systems could compete for the driver’s attention, away from the primary driving task. Thus, such systems should communicate information in a way that conveys its relevant urgency. While some information is unimportant and should never distract a driver from important tasks, there are also calls for action, which a driver should not be able to ignore. We believe that adaptive ambient displays and peripheral interaction could serve to unobtrusively present information while switching the driver’s attention when needed. This workshop will focus in promoting an exchange of best known methods, by discussing challenges and potentials for this kind of interaction in today’s scenarios as well as in future mixed or full autonomous traffic. The central objective of this workshop is to bring together researchers from different domains and discuss innovative, and engaging ideas and a future landscape for research in this area.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together people who are active in HCI research on adaptive or ambient in-vehicle displays. We aim to generate insights to new research questions in this dynamic landscape of ambient in-vehicle displays as well as unobtrusive and peripheral interaction with the display and presented information. Participants are expected to discuss, share, and take away beneficial insights, strategies, tips and tricks in dealing with issues such as attention and memory management, or challenges in the design of novel displays or interaction techniques.

Registration for the main conference is mandatory for all workshop participants, but there are no additional costs for attending the workshop beyond the main conference registration fee. While everyone can join the workshop, we encourage participants to submit a short position paper with research questions to be discussed during the workshop.


Potential topics to be discussed at the workshop include, but are not limited to

  • Ambient interfaces in the vehicle
  • Peripheral interaction in the vehicle
  • Adaptive & reactive user interfaces to match the driver’s state
  • Modalities for feedback, e.g. acoustical, visual, etc.
  • Shifting the attention of drivers
  • Support task resumption by unobtrusively triggering drivers’ prospective memory
  • Managing in-vehicle interruptions
  • Types of information that can be communicated through ambient displays
  • Challenges for designing and implementing ambient interfaces
    • nowadays,
    • in manual/autonomous traffic situations,
    • in a future with fully autonomous cars
  • Applying ambient displays to support explicit and implicit communication and cooperation in mixed traffic conditions between drivers of non-autonomous and autonomous cars
  • Optical Head Mounted Displays or Near-Eye Displays