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Autonomous Vehicles


Lionel P. Robert Jr.
Associate Professor 
School of Information 
Core Faculty, Michigan Robotics
University of Michigan


Autonomous vehicles have the potential to help provide our society with safer and more efficient driving. Despite this there are serious concerns about whether drivers will ever choose to fully rely on autonomous vehicles. The most central of these concerns involves issues related to trust, communication and acceptance. 

My research in this area explores highly significant questions related to human interactions with autonomous vehicles. This research has the potential to promote safety, productivity and sustainability. As autonomous vehicles like many other robots become increasingly central to our society it seems timely and important to understand how to promote their interactions with humans.


Research Papers on Autonomous Vehicles 

Jayaraman, S.K.,  Creech, C., Robert, L. P., Tilbury, D., Yang, X. J., Pradhan, A. and Tsui, K. (2018). Trust in AV: An Uncertainty Reduction Model of AV-Pedestrian Interactions, Proceedings of the Companion of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2018), March 5–8, 2018, (pdf), Chicago, IL, USA, https://doi.org/10.1145/3173386.3177073 (not active yet) and the copy provided by the author: http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/140747.

Haspiel, J., Du, N., Yang, X. J., Tilbury, D., Pradhan, A., Robert, L. P., (2018). Explanations and Expectations: Trust Building in Automated VehiclesProceedings of the Companion of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2018), March 5–8, 2018, (pdf), Chicago, IL, USA, https://doi.org/10.1145/3173386.3177057 (not active yet) and the copy provided by the author: http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/140746.

Creech, C., Jayaraman, S.K., Robert, L. P., Tillbury, D., Yang, X. J., Pradhan, A. and Tsui, K. (2017). Trust and Control in Autonomous Vehicle Interactions, to be presented at the Morality and Social Trust in Autonomous Robots workshop at the 2017 Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS 2017), Cambridge, MA. (pdf) and (poster) Link to the paper and poster http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/137661.

Petersen, L., Tilbury, D., Robert, L.P., (2017). Effects of Augmented Situational Awareness on Drive Trust in Semi-Autonomous Vehicle Operation, presented during the Autonomous Ground Systems (AGS) Technical Session of the 2017 Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposium (GVSETS 2017), Novi, MI (pdf) and Link to the paper http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/137707.
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