Register for RSS2019

Registration for RSS2019 has opened!

The University of Iowa Center for Conferences is processing RSS2019 registrations. Please click HERE to register for RSS2019. 

On the UI's Center for Conferences website, click "Register Now" on the page that follows and you'll be redirected to a log-in screen. You'll need to "Create an Account" if you do not have one established. Information from the "Create New Profile" page will be used to create your RSS2019 name tag and our participant list. From there, follow instructions for registration. If you need to change your original registration, you can login and change it at any time or contact the UI Center for Conferences at 1-800-551-9029 or

If you prefer to mail or fax your registration, please click HERE. This form is also available on the UI Center for Conferences registration page.

Early Registration - 1 May through 15 August 2019:

Regular registration: $600 

Student registration: $400

Late Registration - 16 August through 1 October 2019 :

Regular registration: $650 

Student registration: $450

On-site Registration - 14 through 17 October, 2019:

Regular registration: $700 

Student registration: $500

Single Day: $400

Workshop & Technical Tour Registration: $50

The conference registration fee (both regular and student) includes the welcome reception, the scientific program including breaks and lunches, the conference dinner, and the participants’ bag.

The single day conference registration fee includes the welcome reception, the scientific program including breaks and lunches for the selected day, and the participants’ bag.

Note: Only accepted papers for which at least one author has registered before 15 August 2019 (either Regular registration or Student registration) will be included in the conference program. Each registration may support maximally one conference paper.

Cancellation Policy:

Notification of cancellation must be made by email to If a cancellation is requested prior to 15 August 2019, registration fees will be refunded minus $100 (regular registration) or $50 (student registration). If a cancellation is requested prior to 31 August 2019, registration fees will be refunded minus $300 (regular registration) or $150 (student registration). For cancellations after 31 August 2019, no refunds will be provided.



Hotel arrangements are the responsibility of the registrant. Visit our Travel page or click the button below to book your hotel room today!


Hotel accomodations

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Richard Romano


Simulation Past, Present, & Future

Dr. Rich Romano has more than 25 years experience developing and testing AVs and ADAS concepts and systems using operator in the loop, hardware in the loop, and software in the loop simulation methods which began with the Automated Highway Systems (AHS) project when he directed the Iowa Driving Simulator in the early 1990s. His key research interests include the development, validation, and application of transport simulation to support the human-centered design of vehicles and infrastructure. He is currently the Chair in Driving Simulation at the University of Leeds Institute for Transport Studies. Read more about Dr. Romano here. 

Dr. C. Y. David Yang


Road User Relationships and Interactions

Dr. C. Y. David Yang became the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s executive director in October 2016. Previously, he worked for the U.S. Department of Transportation and private consulting firms. Dr. Yang has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers and government reports on many transportation topics. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems: Technology, Planning, and Operations and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Transportation Science and Technology. Previously, he served as the chair of Transportation Research Board’s Users Performance Section. Dr. Yang attended Purdue University and received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the field of civil engineering.

Dr. John D. Lee


Envisioning the Future of Transportation

Dr. John D. Lee is the Emerson Electric professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of the Cognitive Systems Laboratory. His research focuses on the safety and acceptance of complex human-machine systems by considering how technology mediates attention. He is a coauthor of the textbook, An Introduction to Human Factors Engineering, and he recently helped to edit The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Engineering, The Handbook of Driving Simulation, and two books on driver distraction. 

Technical Tours

Technical Tours on 14 October 2019

Would you like to tour of some of the most advanced simulators in the world? Be sure to register for the RSS2019 Tours & Workshops, taking place on Monday, 14 October, 2019. The $50 Workshop & Technical Tours fee covers participation in both tours and workshops. 

Below are the world-renowned facilities we'll be visiting. It's sure to be an experience you'll never forget!

National Advanced Driving Simulator

The National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) is a self-sustained transportation safety research center in the University of Iowa’s College of Engineering. Funded by government and industry, NADS utilizes its suite of world-class driving simulators and instrumented on-road vehicles to conduct research studies for the private and public sectors. The NADS simulation center is best known for its high-fidelity ground vehicle driving simulator, NADS-1. The NADS-1 utilizes an actual vehicle cab and projects scenery 360 degrees around the driver on the interior walls of the dome that houses the cab. The vehicle cab is mounted on four independent actuators that provide vibration associated with driving on varying road surfaces. The entire dome is mounted on motion base that can independently provide yaw, roll, pitch, turning, lateral and longitudinal cues to the driver. All in all, the NADS-1 has a 13 degree-of-freedom motion base resulting in the largest motion envelope of any driving simulator in the United States and 2nd largest in the world. Visit to learn more!

Hank Virtual Environments Lab

The Hank Virtual Environments Lab uses virtual environment technology to safely and systematically study perception-action problems with real world consequences. Research focuses on understanding how pedestrians and cyclists cross traffic-filled virtual roadways, and how people perceive and adapt to virtual environments. The overarching goal of this multidisciplinary lab is to advance the fields of behavioral science and computer science through our study of human behavior in real and virtual environments. Visit to learn more.

Virtual Intelligence Laboratory

The Virtual Intelligence Lab at the University of Iowa carries out research in computational design and manufacturing, focusing on computational geometry, geometry-aware machine learning, statistical shape analysis, 4D scanning, and digital fabrication. Click here to learn more!

All-Terrain Vehicle Simulator

Across the United States, there were an estimated 93,700 all-terrain vehicle (ATV) related, emergency department-treated injuries in 2014. Twenty-six percent of these accidents involved children younger than 16 years of age. The University of Iowa’s new ATV simulator, unveiled in 2016, was designed to help researchers learn more about what causes ATV crashes and how they can be avoided. Developed in collaboration with researchers at the university’s College of Engineering Center for Computer-Aided Design, the simulator features and Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, a special suit with 17 motion sensors, and a motion platform to help simulate changes in terrain. 

Operator Performance Laboratory

The Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL) conducts research on human-in-the-loop and intelligent autonomous systems to increase efficiency, inter-operability, and safety. Systems of particular interest include flight decks, airborne sensor systems, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) systems, and automotive user interface systems. The Operator Performance Laboratory performs research on a diverse array of platforms, including fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, instrumented vehicles, and earth-moving machines. Visit the OPL at:




Workshops on 14 October 2019

A variety of half-day workshops are available to RSS2019 attendees. The half-day format allows attendees to participate in both the technical tour and a workshop in a single day. The $50 Workshops & Technical Tours fee covers participation in both tours and workshops. 

Below are the workshops planned. Be sure to register early to save your spot in these exciting learning opportunities!

Simulation Boot Camp

This workshop will cover topics such as managing simulation hardware and software, best practices for testing participants using simulation technology, simulation data reduction and analysis, and pairing real-world and simulation-based research. Experts from the SAFER-SIM consortium will serve as instructors. 

Human Factors Workshop

This workshop will focus on how impaired driving is studied in simulators. Focus will be on how to design simulator studies when evaluating impairment from drugs/alcohol, distraction, and drowsiness. The challenges of study and simulator scenario design will be reviewed as well as the implications of inconsistent mitigation strategies across drivers. Workshop participants will critique existing methodologies in terms of strengths and weaknesses and work collaboratively in small groups to design a study and scenario for a specific driving impairment. Outcomes between groups will be compared and discussed. 

Automated Vehicles Workshop

This workshop will focus on methods for evaluating the safety of automated vehicles in simulated environments. Specific focus will be on evaluating how drivers handle take-over requests, changes in driver behavior while under automated control and situational awareness.  Existing approaches will be reviewed, along with best practices. Workshop participants will engage in group activities to design simulator studies for exemplar situations.