Christiane Glatz

Address: Spemannstr. 38
72076 Tübingen
Room number: 109
Phone: +49 7071 601 610
Fax: +49 7071 601 616
E-Mail: christiane.glatz


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Christiane Glatz

Position: PhD Student  Unit: Bülthoff

I’m currently working in the Cognition and Control in Man-Machine Systems group under the supervision of Lewis Chuang and co-supervised by Paolo Pretto who leads the Motion Perception and Simulation group.


Automation has freed operators from many tasks including steering. Nevertheless, humans are still in control of vehicles which motivates the research, design, and development to optimize the interactions between humans and machines. When focusing on a primary steering task, it is easy to leave peripheral events unnoticed. Warning signals are a way of enhancing situational awareness in control conditions. In addition, I investigate how collision warning systems influence operator’s behavior as well as how these signals are processed in the brain, specifically when these systems are unreliable.

Trust in Automation and Attention Enhancement during Steering

Through attention we are able to focus our perception and actions on a certain task so that information that is irrelevant to the primary goal can be ignored. The backside of this is that we can fail to notice critical and prominent events when our mind is engaged elsewhere (Hillyard & Münte, 1984; Posner, 1980). When, for example, multitasking, our situational awareness is presumably in a poor state. That is, we are not able to extract elements from the environment and estimate their relevance for the “acting in the near future” (Endsley, 1988).


To address the need for effective and meaningful warnings, researchers have invested effort into developing ecologically valid signals that are intuitively salient. That is, stimuli are increasingly designed to approximate the real-world and to be representative of everyday life (Brewer, 2000). For a moving, sound-emitting object a sound's perceived intensity increases as the object is approaching. This looming characteristic of increasing intensity corresponds to the object’s time-to-contact.


Using EEG and psychophysics, I address the question: what causes a human operator to trust in auditory or multimodal looming warning signals for critical, non-primary targets? I will investigate the factors that contribute to an effective warning system. Factors that could cause operators to rely more on an alerting system include for instance system’s reliability and natural sound characteristics.


Project 1: Investigation of different visual target presentation times to find out when signals are most effective

Project 2: Trust in (unreliable) warning systems

Project 3: Extension of the paradigm to include multisensory looming alerts

Project 4: Introduce looming signals where participants experience forward acceleration

10/2009 - 08/2012       Bachelor of Cognitive Sciences, University Osnabrück

10/2012 - 05/2014       Master of Neural and Behavioral Science, Graduate Training Centre of Neuroscience, University Tübingen

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Conference papers (3):

Borojeni SS, Chuang L, Löcken A, Glatz C and Boll S (October-2016) Tutorial on Design and Evaluation Methods for Attention Directing Cues In: Adjunct Proceedings, , 8th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications (AutomotiveUI '16), ACM Press, New York, NY, USA, 213-215.
Glatz C, Bülthoff HH and Chuang LL (September-1-2015) Attention Enhancement During Steering Through Auditory Warning Signals, Workshop on Adaptive Ambient In-Vehicle Displays and Interactions In conjunction with AutomotiveUI 2015 (WAADI'15), 1-5.
Glatz C, Bülthoff HH and Chuang LL (September-2015) Warning Signals With Rising Profiles Increase Arousal, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (HFES 2015), Sage, London, UK, 1011.

Contributions to books (1):

Löcken A, Borojeni SS, Müller H, Gable TM, Triberti S, Diels C, Glatz C, Alvarez I, Chuang L and Boll S: Towards Adaptive Ambient In-Vehicle Displays and Interactions: Insights and Design Guidelines from the 2015 AutomotiveUI Dedicated Workshop, 325-348. In: Automotive User Interfaces: Creating Interactive Experiences in the Car, (Ed) G. Meixner, Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland, (February-2017).

Posters (2):

Glatz C, Bülthoff HH and Chuang LL (March-10-2015): Sounds with time-to-contact properties are processed preferentially, 57th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP 2015), Hildesheim, Germany.
Glatz C, Bülthoff HH and Chuang LL (September-2014): Looming auditory warnings initiate earlier event-related potentials in a manual steering task, 12th Biannual Conference of the German Cognitive Science Society (KogWis 2014), Tübingen, Germany, Cognitive Processing, 15(Supplement 1) S38.

Talks (2):

Glatz C (October-6-2016) Abstract Talk: Why do Auditory Warnings during Steering Allow for Faster Visual Target Recognition?, 1st Neuroergonomics Conference: The Brain at Work and in Everyday Life, Paris, France.
Glatz C, Bülthoff HH and Chuang L (September-21-2016) Abstract Talk: Looming warnings orient and sustain attention at cued location, 50. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs 2016), Leipzig, Germany.

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