Workshop IV: Social Dynamics beyond Vehicle Autonomy

November 30 - December 4, 2020


In some application fields, automation will eventually remove humans from the loop, and autonomous systems will operate far away from any human agents. Not so with autonomous vehicles. Recent trends in urbanization are showing that future cities will flourish with human activity (pedestrians, bicycles), and autonomous vehicles will need to actively work with and around the humans. The development of autonomous vehicles can therefore not be undertaken without a better understanding of human nature, including but not limited to: pedestrian motion and decision making, heterogeneous traffic (bicycles, mopeds, buses, cars), cyber-security and crime modeling. At the same time, with full autonomy (level 5, which removes the human from the driving process), a fundamental paradigm shift will occur in how we, as humans and as a society, will see, perceive, and interpret the process of driving. Who is operating the vehicle? Who is responsible if an accident occurs? Will there be a central control entity, or must one aim for decentralized controls? What degree of connectivity and information exchange is desirable? How can such human-in-the-loop cyberphysical systems be efficiently designed, particularly when many other vehicles are not fully autonomous yet? What is the role of public and private entities in our future transportation systems? What are the ethics of programming a level 5 AV? This workshop brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines, including experts on social/behavioral, ethics, legal, and policy aspects, as well as researchers working on other heterogeneous systems (swarming and animal motion/migration, distributed leaders and sparse control, cell biology) that can serve as inspirations.

This workshop will include a poster session; a request for posters will be sent to registered participants in advance of the workshop.

Organizing Committee

Spring Berman (Arizona State University)
Sebastian Motsch (Arizona State University)
Benedetto Piccoli (Rutgers University)
Joan Walker (University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley))