The challenge of designing intelligent support behavior: emulation as a tool for developing cognitive systems

Boris Martijn van Waterschoot

Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT

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In the present thesis, advanced driver assistance systems are viewed as instances of cognitive support systems when the driving task is shared between driver and assistance systems that monitor and infer driver’s behavior, complement the driver with information and warnings or even co-control the vehicle. It is suggested to support the design and research process of such systems with humans simulating the support behavior (emulation, cf. Wizard of Oz technique). Accordingly, the potential of emulation as a simulation alternative and research tool was validated and explored experimentally. On the one hand, emulation enables short, premature and flexible design iterations, including the ability to explore design solutions without the need for a fully functioning prototype (e.g. bypassing the difficulty or inability to automate perceptual abilities). On the other hand, it suggests an approach where humans observing or assisting other humans become the subject at hand, i.e. the innate human ability to monitor and infer other’s needs and intentions might provide valuable information about the cues and strategies that are used in human-human cooperation. Such insights might have the potential to contribute to the development of new technologies, both in terms of sensing human behavior in a variety of situations and in terms of providing relevant information or support (in various modalities).
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Twente
  • van Houten, F.J.A.M., Supervisor
  • van der Voort, Mascha C., Advisor
  • Martens, M.H., Advisor
Award date3 Oct 2013
Place of PublicationEnschede
Print ISBNs978-90-365-0818-6
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2013


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