Jessica Mueller PhD Dissertation Defense-Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
- Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
- Animal Biosciences Building, Room 134 - view map
Jessica Mueller will be defending her PhD dissertation on Wednesday, titled “Driving Simulator Validation: The effect of Increased Mental Effort while Driving on Real Roads and in a Driving Simulator.” The objective of this dissertation is to study human response to increased workload while driving in a driving simulator compared to real world behavior, specifically looking at the relationship between driver physiological response and driving performance metrics.
The objective of this thesis is to study human response to increased workload while driving in a driving simulator compared to real world behavior. Driving simulators are a powerful research tool, providing nearly complete control over experimental conditions-an ideal environment to quantify and study human behavior. However, participants are known to behave differently in a driving simulator than in an actual real-world scenario. The same participants completed both on-road and virutal drives of the same degree of roadway complexity, with and without secondary taks conditions. Data were collected to describe how the participants' vehicle handling, gaze performance and physiological reactions changed relative to increase in mental workload. Releationships between physiology and performance identified physiological, performance, and gaze-related metrics that can show significant effects of driving complexity, environment, and task. Additionally, this thesis explores the inadequacy of multinomial predictive models between the simulator and instrumented vehicle.
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