2012 workshop report

Over 35 people from government, industry and academia attended CLW 2012.

For CLW 2012 the organizers made the decision to involve a large number of experts in the workshop, instead of only including contributions by authors responding to our CFP. Thus, the CLW 2012 program included three expert presentations, as well as a government-industry panel with four participants. Each of these expert participants discussed unique aspects of estimating and utilizing cognitive load for the design and deployment of in-vehicle human-machine interfaces.

Bryan Reimer opened the expert presentations with a discussion of the relationship between driver distraction and cognitive load. Next, Bruce Mehler discussed practical issues in estimating cognitive load from physiological measures. Finally, Paul Green discussed how cognitive load measures might fit in with the NHTSA visual-manual guidelines.

The expert presentations were followed by a government-industry panel. Chris Monk (Human Factors Division Chief at NHTSA) presented the NHTSA perspective on cognitive load and HMI design. Jim Foley (Toyota Technical Center, USA) introduced the OEM perspective. Scott Pennock (QNX & ITU-T Focus Group on Driver Distraction) introduced issues related to standardization. Garrett Weinberg (Nuance) focused on issues related to voice user interfaces.

Following these presentations, and the accompanying lively discussions, workshop participants viewed eight posters.

At the end of the workshop we asked participants to indicate their level of agreement with these four statements:

  1. I found the workshop to be useful.
  2. enjoyed the workshop.
  3. would attend a similar workshop at a future AutomotiveUI conference.
  4. This workshop is the reason I am attending AutomotiveUI 2011.

The responses of 13 participants are shown below (the workshop organizers in attendance did not complete the questionnaire). They indicate that the workshop was a success.

Next steps
Since  the conclusion of CLW 2012 co-organizers Peter Froehlich and Andrew Kun joined forces with Susanne Boll and Jim Foley to organize a workshop at CHI 2013 on automotive user interfaces. Also, a proposal for CLW 2013 at AutomotiveUI 2013 is in the works.

Thank you presenters and participants!
The organizers would like to extend our warmest appreciation to all of the presenters for the work that went into the expert presentations, the panel discussion, and the poster papers and presentations. We would also like to thank all of the workshop attendees for raising questions, discussing posters, and sharing their knowledge and expertise.

You can see more pictures from CLW 2012 on Flickr.


Location: Register at Sheraton, Workshop at Portsmouth Harbor Events

When you arrive for the workshop, please go to registration first, at the Sheraton (see map below). From the Sheraton student volunteers will guide you to the nearby Portsmouth Harbor Events conference center (<5 minutes walk), which is the location of the workshop.


Final program is available

The final program is now available. It includes invited presentations from three experts in the field of cognitive load from academia. It also includes a government/industry panel, in which three experts will discuss the impact that the concept of cognitive load has had on vehicular design. We will close with a fast-paced poster session in which eight research groups from around the world will present their work on cognitive load.



List of accepted papers available

We’re pleased to announce that eight papers have been accepted to CLW 2012. You can see the list under Program. The actual program details will be announced soon.


Submission deadline extended

Due to multiple requests the CLW 2012 submission deadline has been extended to Monday, September 3.


Submission deadline

The submission deadline for CLW 2012 is Friday, August 24 Monday, September 3.

For important dates see the Dates page.


CLW 2012 announcement

We are excited to announce the 2nd Cognitive Load and In-Vehicle Human-Machine Interaction workshop to be held at AutomotiveUI 2012 in Portsmouth, NH.

We invite you to view our call for papers, and we hope that you will consider joining us in Portsmouth on October 17, 2012.

Andrew, Bryan, Peter F., Peter H., Tim, Tom, Paul, Ivan, Shamsi and Dagmar


2011 workshop report

Twenty-five people from industry, government and academia were in attendance at CLW 2011. They heard eight presentations on topics related to in-vehicle cognitive load, and spent about two hours discussing the issues raised in the presentations.

Our discussions culminated in the work of four participant teams, each tasked with identifying the top issues we face as a community. The issues they identified are shown below:

From the image above we can see that two issues dominated the meeting:

  1. Definition of cognitive load. The majority of participants felt that the concept of cognitive load has to be defined more rigorously.
  2. Cognitive load management. How should we use cognitive load estimates? This question generated a number of ideas for possible research, from identifying thresholds for taking action in managing cognitive load, to accounting for context (including individual differences), to signal processing.

At the end of the workshop we asked participants to indicate their level of agreement with these four statements:

  1. I found the workshop to be useful.
  2. I enjoyed the workshop.
  3. I would attend a similar workshop at a future AutomotiveUI conference.
  4. This workshop is the reason I am attending AutomotiveUI 2011.

The responses of 18 of the 25 participants are shown below (the four workshop organizers in attendance did not complete the questionnaire). They indicate that the workshop was a success.

What is next?
Encouraged by CLW 2011, we are working on a proposal for CLW 2012 at AutomotiveUI 2012. Also, this fall Peter Froehlich and Andrew Kun will organize a special interest session on this topic at the 2012 ITS World Congress.

Thank you presenters and participants!
The workshop organizers are keenly aware of the fact that putting together a website, and making lunch reservations at a restaurant, are the fun part of organizing a workshop. The hard part is preparing papers, and participating in discussions. Of course, this is the work that was taken on by the workshop presenters and participants. The organizers are grateful for their efforts.

See more photos from CLW 2011 on Flickr.


Workshop location, registration

Workshop participants should register at the ICT&S Center, located at Sigmund Haffner Gasse 18 (see below on Bing or as pdf). The registration desk will be open at 8 AM on Wednesday, November 30. The workshop will start at 9 AM (see program).


The workshop will be held in a building across the street from the ICT&S Center. The building houses the Law School (Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät – Universität Salzburg). Student volunteers will serve as guides from the ICT&S Center to the seminar room – a 3 minute walk. Our hosts at the ICT&S will also place signs leading participants to the seminar room.


Join us for lunch!

We are making reservations for workshop participants at the Zipfer Bierhaus. The restaurant is located within walking distance of the workshop location.

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