My name is Sarah Faltaous. I am an Egyptian student in the cognitive systems master program at the University of Ulm, currently doing my master thesis at Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen. I’m originally graduated from the German University in Cairo/Egypt, where I did my bachelor in Digital Media Engineering and Technology. I had a great chance of joining AutoUI 2017 conference in Oldenburg as a student volunteer and also as a work-in-progress poster presenter. This granted me the opportunity of meeting a lot of people from all over the world who share with me the same automotive domain interest. I’m keen on getting to know the various newly introduced technologies in this field, moreover, the human behavior towards them.
AutoUI offered the perfect environment for such purpose, as it granted the chance for the car manufacturers who represent the market and the scientists to communicate their different ideas, perspectives and concerns. I personally was impressed by a lot of demonstrated ideas; like the demo presented by the BMW group where I could feel a haptic feedback on my fingers by touching a button image reflection. This conference is like a gate to the future, where you get to broaden your horizon.
For me, one of the very interesting sessions was a workshop on interfaces that facilitate the user understanding of vehicle automation. It was a very interactive session where I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and talking to Prof. Mohan Trivedi from the University of California and Prof. Stephen Brewster from the University of Glasgow.
I am very grateful for the DFG for supporting us to go there and have this experience and I’m looking for to joining more and more conferences in the future.