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Toward adaptive support: Modelling drivers' allocation of attention
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, Human-Centered systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. (MDALAB - Human Computer Interfaces)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2801-7050
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, CSELAB - Cognitive Systems Engineering Laboratory. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2002 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Driver distraction and inattention are major contributing factors in traffic accidents (cf., e.g., Najm et al, 1995). Some of these accidents might be avoided in the future if drivers’ (miss)allocation of attention could be detected, and the driver be prompted toward key events in the traffic scene. Our objective is to develop a cognitively based driver model where drivers’ allocation of attention can be simulated for diagnostic purposes. As a first step, we present a connectionist model framework implemented in PDP++. This framework is based on the notion that focusing attention on a visual object is closely coupled with an intention to act on that object. Using our model, we want to continuously assess if the driver can maintain a general preparedness to act, and hence detect unexpected events, or if he/she is overloaded by non–driving–related tasks. In a first step, we intend to study how attention can be allocated to subtasks in the model, to find out to what extent multiple tasks can be parallelized by drivers. For further develop-ments on this project, visit

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2002. 493-498 p.
Keyword [en]
Distraction, Inattention, Cognitive driver model, Adaptive driver support
National Category
Computer Systems Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-117928OAI: diva2:812211
Thirty-Fourth Annual Congress of the Nordic Ergonomic Society
Available from: 2015-05-18 Created: 2015-05-18 Last updated: 2015-05-26Bibliographically approved

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