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. 

Automated Vehicles Workshop - Mental Models of Vehicle Automation

As advanced vehicle technologies become more prevalent, it is important to understand how drivers form mental models of these systems and what impact those mental models have on behavior and performance. This workshop will focus on driver mental models of vehicle automation. The workshop will include interactive activities and discussion on what the components of driver understanding of ADAS and how understanding might be evaluated through different experimental approaches. The workshop will also include presentations from experts on mental models of vehicle systems.

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!

3D Bio-Motion Research Lab

The 3D Bio-Motion Research Lab (3DBMRL) performs applied and basic research in human motion analysis. The lab is equipped with a Vicon motion capture system with 12 SV cameras and a Motion Analysis system. Sophisticated models for biomechanics and animation applications are available for the whole body and the hand. Visual3D data (collected from human subjects) can be used in human validation studies and to enhance simulation capabilities. Click here for more information. 

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:



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. 

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