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"It's small talk, jim, but not as we know it.": engendering trust through human-agent conversation in an autonomous, self-driving car (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Large, D. R., Clark, L., Burnett, G., Harrington, K., Luton, J., Thomas, P., & Bennett, P. (2019). "It's small talk, jim, but not as we know it.": engendering trust through human-agent conversation in an autonomous, self-driving car. In CUI '19 Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Conversational User Interfaces Article No. 22https://doi.org/10.1145/3342775.3342789

The use of speech has been popularised as a human-vehicle interface in the automotive domain. While this is most often associated with alleviating concerns of driver distraction and cognitive load, the study explores whether the presence of conversat... Read More

Comparison of transmission loss prediction using condensed equivalent plate models (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Uthayasuriyan, A., Chevillotte, F., Luc, J., Chronopoulos, D., & Gourdon, E. (2019). Comparison of transmission loss prediction using condensed equivalent plate models. In Proceedings of the ICA 2019 and EAA Euroregio 23rd International Congress on Acoustics, integrating 4th EAA Euroregio 2019, 9 - 13 September 2019, Aachen, Germany, 273-280

Equivalent plate models are commonly used in order to simulate multilayer system as one single layer. This kind of approach enables for instance to reduce the mesh size and thus the number of degrees of freedom in finite element models. Usual condens... Read More

Lessons from Oz: design guidelines for automotive conversational user interfaces (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Large, D. R., Burnett, G., & Clark, L. (2019). Lessons from Oz: design guidelines for automotive conversational user interfaces. In AutomotiveUI '19: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications: Adjunct Proceedings, 335-340. https://doi.org/10.1145/3349263.3351314

This paper draws from literature and our experience of conducting Wizard-of-Oz (WoZ) studies using natural language, conversational user interfaces (CUIs) in the automotive domain. These studies have revealed positive effects of using in-vehicle CUIs... Read More

Users’ Perceptions of Mobile Weather Applications’ Usability (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Khamaj, A., Kang, Z., & Argyle, E. (2019). Users’ Perceptions of Mobile Weather Applications’ Usability

The advancements of smartphone technology have led to a significant growth of smartphone weather applications (i.e. apps) on the market. Due to the high risk and time-critical situations associated with severe weather conditions (e.g. floods, tornado... Read More

XOR Binary Gravitational Search Algorithm (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Ahmadieh Khanesar, M., & Branson, D. (2019). XOR Binary Gravitational Search Algorithm

In this paper, an XOR binary gravitational search algorithm is introduced. Gravitational search algorithms, a physics inspired optimization algorithm, have previously been successfully applied to different real-valued optimization problems. In their... Read More

Feasibility of Utilizing Current Propulsion Technologies in Support of Very Low Earth Observation Space Platforms (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Dakka, S. (2019). Feasibility of Utilizing Current Propulsion Technologies in Support of Very Low Earth Observation Space Platforms

An emerging low earth orbit spacecraft platform is being sought after due to many advantages of operation at low earth orbits of altitude less than 450Km. These encompasses better imagery and enhanced communications capabilities in addition of space... Read More

A Rainbow Metamaterial For Broadband Multi-frequency Vibration Suppression (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Meng, H., Chronopoulos, D., & Fabro, A. T. (2019). A Rainbow Metamaterial For Broadband Multi-frequency Vibration Suppression

In this study, we propose a rainbow metamaterial to achieve multi-frequency broadband vibration suppression. A U-shaped beam is partitioned into subspace by parallel baffle plates. Cantilever-mass microstructures are then attached to the each subspac... Read More

Ant colony optimisation for community pharmacy dispensing process based on in-field observations (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Naybour, M., Remenyte-Prescott, R., & Boyd, M. (2019). Ant colony optimisation for community pharmacy dispensing process based on in-field observations. In M. Beer, & E. Zio (Eds.), Proceedings of the 29th European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2019)

The community pharmacy dispensing process is an integral part of delivering effective primary care to patients around the world. However, dispensing error rates and related patient safety issues are always a concern in the sector, where studies have... Read More

A petri net methodology for modelling the maintenance of railway route sections (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Litherland, J., & Andrews, J. (2019). A petri net methodology for modelling the maintenance of railway route sections. In M. Beer, & E. Zio (Eds.), Proceedings of the 29th European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2019)

Railway utilization is increasing. In 2017-18 there were over 1.7 billion passenger journeys made on the UK railway network, more than double the number made in 1995. Therefore getting maximum performance from the existing network by streamlining mai... Read More

To please in a pod: employing an anthropomorphic agent-interlocutor to enhance trust and user experience in an autonomous, self-driving vehicle (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Large, D., Harrington, K., Burnett, G., Luton, J., Thomas, P., & Bennett, P. (2019). To please in a pod: employing an anthropomorphic agent-interlocutor to enhance trust and user experience in an autonomous, self-driving vehicle. In AutomotiveUI'19 Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, 49-59. https://doi.org/10.1145/3342197.3344545

Recognising that one of the aims of conversation is to build, maintain and strengthen positive relationships with others, the study explores whether passengers in an autonomous vehicle display similar behaviour during transactions with an on-board co... Read More

Efficient risk based optimization of large system models using a reduced petri net methodology (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Naybour, S., Andrews, J., & Chiachio-Ruano, M. (2019). Efficient risk based optimization of large system models using a reduced petri net methodology. In M. Beer, & E. Zio (Eds.), Proceedings of the 29th European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2019)

The methodology presented in this paper is a two-stage optimization approach that can be applied to large system level models, in this case using a Stochastic Petri Net (SPN) framework, to produce an equivalent model response at a reduced computation... Read More

A Longitudinal Simulator Study to Explore Drivers’ Behaviour in Level 3 Automated Vehicles (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Large, D., Burnett, G., Salanitri, D., Lawson, A., & Box, E. (2019). A Longitudinal Simulator Study to Explore Drivers’ Behaviour in Level 3 Automated Vehicles. In AutomotiveUI '19 : Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, 222-232. https://doi.org/10.1145/3342197.3344519

In a longitudinal study, 49 drivers undertook a commute-style journey, with part of the route supporting level-3 automation, over five consecutive days. Bespoke HMIs were provided to keep drivers in-the-loop during automation, and help them regain si... Read More

Petri nets and pseudo-bond graphs for a nuclear reactor primary coolant system (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Wootton, M. J., Andrews, J., Lloyd, A. L., Smith, R., Arul, A. J., Vinod, G., …Garg, V. (2019). Petri nets and pseudo-bond graphs for a nuclear reactor primary coolant system. In M. Beer, & E. Zio (Eds.), Proceedings of the 29th European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2019)

In this paper we demonstrate the application of timed Petri Net methodology to the frequency of initiating faults in the coolant circulation system of a fictional nuclear reactor design. A second model is presented where the Petri Net is coupled with... Read More

Development of an extended RAMS framework for railway networks (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Litherland, J., Calvert, G., Andrews, J., & Kirwan, A. (2019). Development of an extended RAMS framework for railway networks. In M. Beer, & E. Zio (Eds.), Proceedings of the 29th European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2019)

Railway asset managers have finite resources which requires them to make strategic decisions on where, when and how the available budget will be spent on the railway, while ensuring safety limits are maintained and a high level of performance is deli... Read More

Exploring Machine Learning Approaches for Classifying Mental Workload using fNIRS Data from HCI Tasks (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Benerradi, J., Maior, H. A., Marinescu, A., Clos, J., Wilson, M. L., Benerradi, J., …Clos, J. (in press). Exploring Machine Learning Approaches for Classifying Mental Workload using fNIRS Data from HCI Tasks. In Proceedings of the Halfway to the Future Symposium 2019

Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) has shown promise for being potentially more suitable (than e.g. EEG) for brain-based Human Computer Interaction (HCI). While some machine learning approaches have been used in prior HCI work, this paper... Read More

Ant Colony Optimization Algorithm for Industrial Robot Programming in a Digital Twin (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Bansal, R., Ahmadieh Khanesar, M., & Branson, D. (2019). Ant Colony Optimization Algorithm for Industrial Robot Programming in a Digital Twin. In Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Automation & Computing, Lancaster University, Lancaster UK, 5-7 September 2019

Advanced manufacturing that is adaptable to constantly changing product designs often requires dynamic changes on the factory floor to enable manufacture. The integration of robotic manufacture with machine learning approaches offers the possibility... Read More

Comparison of two noise reduction methods in coherence scanning interferometry for surface measurement (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Gomez, C., Su, R., Lawes, S., & Leach, R. (2019). Comparison of two noise reduction methods in coherence scanning interferometry for surface measurement

Coherence scanning interferometry (CSI) can measure relatively flat surfaces with sub-nanometre precision, but the measurement noise may increase significantly if the intensity of the interferometric signal reduces when measuring non-flat surfaces or... Read More

Regulatory and policy framework for the uptake of renewable energy generation in the United Kingdom (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Salazar, J., Waldron, J., & Rodrigues, L. (2019). Regulatory and policy framework for the uptake of renewable energy generation in the United Kingdom

Energy policies and regulations are constantly introduced to reflect the current developments of the energy system. The introduction of sustainable energy technologies creates a demand for alternative sources of energy and economic incentives which a... Read More

Towards an electric revolution: a review on vehicle- to-grid, smart charging and user behaviour (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Waldron, J., Rodrigues, L., Gillott, M., Naylor, S., & Shipman, R. (2019). Towards an electric revolution: a review on vehicle- to-grid, smart charging and user behaviour

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in their Special Report on Global warming, it is clear that there is a need of a rapid change in all aspects of society to achieve limiting global warming to 1.5°C. The transport sector alone... Read More