World Usability Day 2017 was celebrated in the birthplace of Portugal, at the Guimarães Hotel on November 10. The World Usability Day 2017 event was organized by the CCG (Center of Computer Graphics), with the participation of dozens of companies and institutions of the most varied sectors, but especially of the automotive sector.
For the third consecutive year, the CCG organized an event that focused on the importance of usability and human factors in research and technological development.
With free admission, this all-day event was led by speakers from prestigious Portuguese, German, Norwegian, French and British institutions, receiving the attendance of more than a hundred people.
The motto for the usability debate was given by the CCG’s Executive Director, João Nuno Oliveira, and the Perception Interaction and Usability team of this institution, and was followed by valuable contributions from the speakers on issues such as autonomous driving, challenges to the monitoring in the autonomous control rooms of nuclear power plants, and user-centered design for the auditory modality.
Tobias Altmüller from Robert Bosch GMBH, Tim Smith (UsTwo Auto), Ana Moreira (SCALab/Renault), Nora Broy (BMW Research and Technology), Diamantino Freitas (FEUP), Alexandra Fernandes (Institute for Energy Technology) and Emanuel Sousa (CCG) revealed some of the veil of the future that awaits us with their interventions and they brought together professional, industrial, educational and citizen groups to achieve a common goal: to ensure that services and essential life products are easier to access and use, making our lives even simpler.
Tobias Altmüller (Bosch) spoke about the challenges to autonomous driving, namely regulation and safety (“When will we trust our cars enough to send our kids to school in it?), as well as the impressive usability research being conducted on driver dashboards and interfaces, and how they can be developed to help drivers optimize their time in the car.
Understanding the needs of users and how these needs can be approached as a third living and socializing space, right after the house and the workplace, are some objectives of the automotive automation project initiated by the CCG together with Bosch CM – Braga.
If we are approaching the end of the line for the car as we know it, since trips will be carried out in standardized modules, and how the exterior design of the car grabs the attention of consumers and affects their perception, were other issues debated.
More research is needed on the development of 3D monitors for cars, but Nora Broy from BMW’s research and technology group presented an excellent overview of the challenges and opportunities of existing 3D technologies.
This action has co-financing from Programa Operacional Norte2020, and European Union, through the European Regional Development Fund in the context of actions of Transfer of scientific and technological knowledge from the GCC.