Selected Talks


  • The Present and Future of Automated Driving: Technology, Policy, and the Human Factor. A Conversation with Mark Rosekind, Administrator National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Cambridge, MA. February 9, 2016.
  • Driver State Detection: Data extraction, integrity and considerations for multi-signal fusion. Transportation Research Board Human Factors Workshop - Detecting Driver State. Washington, DC. January 10, 2016.



  • Human Factors Considerations in the Development of Driverless Cars & Advanced Crash Avoidance Technologies. Automotive Tech.AD 2014: The Road towards Autonomous Driving. Troy, MI. November 18, 2014.
  • Autonomous Vehicles (panel moderator). Cyberposium 20. Harvard Business School, Boston, MA. November 1, 2014.
  • Self-driving Cars - How to Clear the Major Obstacles (panel). BBC Future World-Changing Ideas Summit. New York, NY. October 21, 2014.
  • Human Centered Considerations: Future Vehicles & the Aging Operator. Vermont Highway Safety Alliance Annual Meeting. Killington, VT. October 15, 2014. (slides)
  • Human Factors Considerations in the Development of Driverless Cars & Advanced Crash Avoidance Technologies. National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies Annual Convention. National Harbor, MD. September 23, 2014.
  • Keynote, Driver Attention with the Modern Mixed Mode Interface: Observations From Field Studies and Implications for the Future of Automated Driving. Car HMI Concepts & Systems 2014. Berlin, Germany. June 26, 2014.
  • Trends in Vehicle Automation, Safety and the Optimization of the Driver Vehicle Interface. Technische Universität München, Germany. June 24, 2014.
  • Interfacing with the Driver in an Increasingly Automated & Connected Operating Environment. MIT Technology Review Digital Summit, San Francisco, CA. June 10, 2014. (video; slides)
  • Engineering Safer Cars in a Fast Paced - Technology Rich - Increasingly Automated Environment. Engineering Safer Drivers: New England Motor Press Association 4th Annual Technology Conference at MIT, Cambridge, MA. May 29, 2014. (video; slides)
  • Enhancing Driver Focus: The Challenge of Optimizing Driver Demands with Mixed Mode In-Vehicle Interfaces and the Presence of Increasing Automation. U.S. Department of Transportation Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R) Transportation Innovation Speaker Series, Washington, DC. May 21, 2014. (weblink)
  • Case Studies in Modern Multi-Modal Interfaces: Drivers’ View Points. Jaguar Land Rover / University of Warwick, Coventry, UK. May 14, 2014.
  • Considerations in the Development of Human Centered Vehicle Automation. Jaguar Land Rover / University of Warwick, Coventry, UK. May 13, 2014.
  • Assessing Attentional Focus with Modern Multi-Modal Driver Vehicle Interfaces: Selected Results from Field and Simulation Studies. Lifesavers, Nashville, TN. April 28, 2014. (slides)
  • Driver Assistance Systems and the Transition to Automated Vehicles: A Path to Increase Older Adult Safety and Mobility? Lifesavers, Nashville, TN. April 28, 2014. (slides)
  • Evaluating the Demands of “Voice-Command” Interfaces on Driver Behavior. Spoken Language Systems Seminars Series, Cambridge, MA. March 10, 2014.
  • On-Road Evaluation of Workload Demand of Production Voice Interface. Presentation at The SAE 2014 Government/Industry Meeting, Washington, DC. January 24, 2014.


  • A High Speed Lifestyle: Implications of Stress on Consumer Decision Making. AgeLab Roundtable on Stress, Consumer Engagement & Experience, Cambridge, MA. November 13, 2013.
  • The pathway to self-driving vehicles: Disconnects between human capabilities and advanced vehicle systems? Japan International Transport Institute Self-Driving Car Technologies: Challenges for People, Automobile Transportation and Society Seminar, Osaka, Japan. October 21, 2013. (By Video) (slides; video)
  • Tutorial, Understanding Multi-Modal Interfaces. Society for Information Display (SID) Vehicle Displays and Interfaces 2013, Dearborn, MI. October 10, 2013.
  • Keynote, The Future is Autonomous Driving - But Are “We” on a Near Term Collision Course? AUVSI Driverless Car Summit, Detroit, MI. June 11, 2013.
  • Technological advances in the driver-vehicle interface: implications for older adult mobility and safety. MIT Tech Reunions 6th Annual Cardinal and Gray Academy, Cambridge, MA. June 7, 2013.
  • Disconnects in the driver distraction equation: It’s more than the technology! Lifesavers, Denver, CO. April 15, 2013. (slides)
  • Keynote, Implications of Autonomous Driving: Could “We” be a Near Term Threat? Japan International Transport Institute Safer Vehicle Seminar, Washington, DC. March 20, 2013. (slides)
  • Developing a Rating System for In-Vehicle Technologies. Global Automakers, Washington, DC. February 1, 2013.
  • AgeLab Transportation Research Overview: Optimizing the Driver Vehicle Interface. MIT Global SCALE Network, Cambridge, MA. January 22, 2013.
  • Developing a Rating System for In-Vehicle Technologies. Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Washington, DC. January 17, 2013.


  • The Impact of Typeface on Future Automotive Interfaces. Monotype Analyst Day, New York. December 5, 2012.
  • Engineering Automotive Systems in a Dynamic Design and Regulatory Environment. BMW, Munich, Germany. October 28, 2012.
  • The Impact of Typeface on Future HMIs. Telematics Munich, Germany. October 28, 2012.
  • The Use of Physiological and Visual Attention Measures in the Classification of Driver Workload. University of Augsburg, Germany. October 25, 2012.
  • The Impact of Typeface on Driver Demand and Considerations in Vehicle Automation. Technische Universität München, Germany. October 25, 2012.
  • The Connected Car: A Miss Match with Human Capabilities?, MIT Enterprise Forum Digital Media Event: A Connected Car is a Thoughtful Car, Cambridge, MA. October 1, 2012.
  • Demands of Voice Based In-Vehicle Interface, Toyota Safety Research Forum, Washington, DC. September 12, 2012. (slides)
  • Automated Vehicles: A Safety Enhancement or Threat?, New England Motor Press Association Autonomous Vehicle Conference, Cambridge, MA. May 11, 2012. (audio) (slides)
  • Automotive Technology, Driver Distraction and Demographics: Rethinking Interface Design to Match Driver Capabilities, Association For Computing Machinery Nathan Krasnopoler Memorial Lecture - Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. May 8, 2012.
  • The Challenges of Eye Tracking in Field Driving Studies and Current Research Results, MIT Man Vehicle Lab and Humans and Automation Lab, Cambridge, MA. May 1, 2012.
  • Visual Attention, Physiology and Driver Cognitive Workload, Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston, MA. April 11, 2012.
  • Selected MIT AgeLab and NE UTC Research: Driver Behavior, Workload and Distraction, MIT Office of the General Counsel, Cambridge, MA. March 26, 2012.
  • The Use of Physiological and Visual Attention Measures for Assessing Operator State, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport, RI. March 6, 2012.


  • Keynote, Is Automotive Technology Leaving the Driver Behind? Rethinking How We Engineer Interfaces to Accommodate The Capabilities Of The Driver. The 3rd International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicle Applications. Salzburg, Austria. December 1, 2011. (abstract) (blog post)
  • Revisiting the Use of Physiology and Eye tracking as Measures of Driver Cognitive Workload and Implications for Optimizing the Driver Vehicle Interface. Technische Universität München, Germany. November 29, 2011.
  • Optimizing Driver-Vehicle Interaction, Toyota Safety Technology Seminar, Ann Arbor, MI. September 13, 2011.
  • Technology Makes Things Easier, Edmunds' Safety conference: Truly Safe? Debunking Myths and Crafting Effective Policies for Car Safety, Washington, DC. May 24, 2011. (video)
  • New Vehicle Technology & the Driver, Connectivity and the Car: An Industry Roundtable on Telematics, Cambridge, MA. May 20, 2011. (audio)
  • Characterizing Driving Behavior in Young Adults with ASD, Alan and Lorraine Bressler Clinical and Research Program for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Boston, MA. May 10, 2011.
  • MIT AgeLab & ZLC Symposium Reinventing the Futures of Old Age - Panel on Moving Safely Across the Lifespan: Meeting the Transportation & Mobility Needs of an Aging Society (moderator), Zaragoza, Spain. May 5, 2011.
  • Impact of Age and Driver Health on Physiological Reactivity: Implications for Driver State Detection, BMW, Munich, Germany. May 3, 2011.
  • Measuring the Cognitive Component of Driver Workload & Distraction. University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH. April, 5 2011
  • Operator State Detection and Related Concepts for Feedback, Design Assessment and Workload Characterization (with B. Mehler). Aptima, Woburn, MA. February 24, 2011.
  • Selected Research on Driver State, Distraction and The Use of In-Vehicle Technologies (with B. Mehler). MIT Humans and Automation Lab, Cambridge, MA. February 10, 2011.
  • Selected Research at The MIT AgeLab. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Supply Chain Managment Program, Cambridge, MA. January 7, 2011.
  • Research on the Use of Physiological and Visual Attention Measures for Operator State Detection (with B. Mehler). U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Natick, MA. January 4, 2011.


  • MIT AgeLab Symposium Convergent Opportunities or Collision Course? Older Drivers, New Technology & Well-Being Behind the Wheel - Panel on In-vehicle Systems & Older Operator Capacity: Workload, Distraction, and Automation (moderator), Cambridge, MA. November 15, 2010.
  • Future of Automotive Technology and the Older Driver. Andover Senior Center, Andover, MA. November 5, 2010.
  • The Next Phase in Automotive Safety & Distraction Management: Measuring Cognitive Workload. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. October 21, 2010.
  • Brain Fitness Training & Driving. Lumos Labs, San Francisco, CA. September 28, 2010.
  • Insights into State Detection Research at the MIT AgeLab (with B. Mehler). Charles River Analytics, Cambridge, MA. July 23, 2010.
  • Physiology and Visual Attention as Measures of Driver Cognitive Workload. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. June 7, 2010.
  • The Changing Landscape of Automotive Safety and Driver Workload Management. University of Rhode Island Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering , Kingston, RI. April 30, 2010.
  • Cognitive Workload & Driver Distraction. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Transportation and Logistics, Cambridge, MA. April 16, 2010.


  • Advanced Driver Workload Monitoring and Management. New England Chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Monthly Meeting, Cambridge, MA. October 7, 2009
  • Aging Drivers and Advanced Driver Workload Measurements. Technische Universität München, Germany. September 25, 2009
  • Research Efforts Towards the Development of Physiology Based State Detection BMW, Munich, Germany. September 24, 2009
  • Driver Wellness, Impairment & the Development of a Driver Aware Car – Project Status and Report, Ford-MIT Alliance Meeting, Cambridge, MA. July 10, 2009
  • Older Driver Safety and the Future of Automotive Technology, Association of MIT Retirees, Dedham, MA. May 12, 2009
  • Trends in Automotive Safety, Lexington League of Women Voters Senior Issues Forum on the Medical, Social and Legal Implications of Senior Driving, Lexington, MA. April 9, 2009
  • Driver State: Research on Visual Attention, Psychophysiology and Driving, Toyota Technical Center North America, Ann Arbor, MI. April 8, 2009


  • Changing Demographics and The Impact on Future Vehicle Development, Volkswagen and Audi, April 23, 2008
  • MIT AgeLab Research Overview. Toyota, Cambridge, MA. July 8, 2008


  • Detecting Driver State and Engineering Driver Wellness, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI. December 7, 2007
  • Changing Demographics and The Impact of Future Vehicle Development, The National Advanced Driving Simulator at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. November 2, 2007
  • Studying Driver Behavior. Posit Science, San Francisco, CA. June 8, 2007
  • Delivering Services to the Customer, BNP Paribas, Cambridge, MA. March 13, 2007
  • In-Vehicle Tasks and the Older Operator. The New England Chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Cambridge, MA. January 18, 2007


  • Mental Models and the Updated iDrive Controller: A Comparison of Younger and Older Operators. BMW, Munich, Germany. June 2, 2006
  • In-Vehicle Tasks: Differences Among Younger and Older Operators. Workshop for DaimlerChrysler and Siemens on Technology for the Silver Generation, Berlin, Germany. January 11, 2006


  • The Driver Aware Car: Preliminary Architecture Overview. Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI. October 11, 2005
  • Changing Demographics and the Effect on Usability and Accessibility. Arnold Worldwide and Vonage, Cambridge, MA. May 18, 2005
  • Keeping an Older Population Mobile. Aging by Design, Bentley College, Waltham, MA October 13, 2005


  • Driving Miss Daisy Digitally: New Car Technology & the Older Driver. Tenneco Automotive, Cambridge, MA. June 8, 2004
  • Mental Models and the iDrive Controller: A Comparison of Younger and Older Operators. BMW, Munich, Germany. December 15, 2004