Doctoral Research Seminar: "The brain at work - Understanding the role of attention in planes, automated vehicles, and Industry 4.0"


The next Doctoral Research Seminar is on: "The brain at work - Understanding the role of attention in planes, automated vehicles, and Industry 4.0" by Dr. Lewis Chuang, LM, Human-Centered Ubiquitous Media

Abstract: In my talk, I will present examples from my own work on how neuroergonomics could deliver insight in improving work practices and technologies. Neuroergonomics refers to the application of neuroscience theories and methods to human factors research. It hangs on the premise that neuroimaging can deliver insight into the root causes of low productivity, unsafe practices, and user frustration. My own research employs gaze tracking and EEG/ERP methods to respectively investigate our limited capacity in actively seeking out and processing information whilst engaged in a continuous task e.g., driving. For example, we have shown that the brain’s involuntary response to ambient irrelevant sounds (i.e., late novelty P3) is inversely correlated to the executive demands of a vehicle handling task (Scheer, Bälthoff, Chuang, 2016). We have also found that looming sounds, suggestive of an approaching vehicle, result in faster braking times, presumably because they reduce inhibition in frontal brain areas (i.e., supplementary motor area; Lahmer, Glatz, Seibold, Chuang, 2018). These examples, amongst others, will illustrate how neuroergonomics can provide a comprehensive understanding of human users, in addition to traditional methods based on performance. In fact, such methods will be essential with the prevalence of automation, which could preclude explicit and measurable user behavior.

Bio: Lewis Chuang is an Akademischer Rat at the Institute for Informatics, Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität Munich. He holds a doctorate in behavioral neuroscience and, since 2011, has worked on improving human-machine partnerships. He employs psychophysics, gaze tracking, and neuroimaging to investigate how we seek out and comprehend task-relevant information when engaged with closed-loop machine systems. His multi-disciplinary projects have received funding at the European, national, and state level, in domains such as wearable computing, augmented/virtual reality, teleoperations, and vehicle handling. Lewis co-initiated the Fachgruppe Ingenieurpsychologie of the German Society for Psychology and will chair the Neuroergonomics Conference 2020.

29 Janurary 2020, 16:30 h, ICS Karlstraße 45, 2. Floor, room 2026