Tamara von Sawitzky, M.Sc.

  • cyclist safety
  • multimodal interaction
  • Phone: +49 841 9348-3393
  • Room: P105

Short Biography

Tamara von Sawitzky is an XR researcher at Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI). She obtained her bachelor’s degree in the study program “Mechatronics” in 2016 and her master’s degree in the study program “Applied Research in Engineering Sciences” in 2018, both at THI. Her bachelor’s thesis is about the development of an intuitive usage concept for assistant robots using augmented reality (AR) and gesture control. In her master’s thesis, she investigated the impact of indicating vehicles’ routes on an extended Head-Up Display (HUD) on trust in SAE level 5 vehicle automation.

Her current research is addressing the usage of HUDs in the context of cyclists’ safety. The primary objective of her work is to find ways to increase the cyclists’ situational awareness in traffic and thus, to decrease traffic accidents involving cyclists. To test potential safety indications, she is developing a tool that allows for simulation in VR and MR, and realistic testing. With this tool, she is then investigating the usability, feasibility, and advantages of virtual reality-, and mixed reality- supported prototyping approaches in the development phase of informative safety functions for cyclists on a HUD prototype.

 

Topics of Research

  • Cyclist Safety
  • Cycling Simulation
  • Extended Reality (XR) – Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality (AR/MR/VR)
  • Human Factors in XR – Presence, User Experience
  • Multimodal Interaction

Conducted Courses

  • WS20/21: Augmented and Virtual Reality Applications (UXD, Master) – Practical Course
  • SS20: Computer Graphics/3D-Design (UXD, Bachelor) – Practical Course
  • SS19: Immersive Mixed Reality in the CAVE – Bachelor Student Project (EIT, FFI, INF, UXD)
  • WS18/19: Software Development 1 (UXD, Bachelor) – Practical Training
  • SS17: Virtual and Augmented Reality (UXD, Bachelor) – Practical Training

Offered Theses

Bachelor Thesis: Virtual Reality Avatar for Bicycle Simulation

As part of this thesis, a cyclist avatar is to be developed in order to achieve a higher level of immersion in the VR simulation. In order to try out new security concepts virtually, the participants should be able to immerse themselves so deeply in the virtual world that they feel present there. An avatar can increase the sense of presence.

Bachelor Thesis: Bicycle simulation remote – testing of new safety concepts for cyclists from the PC

As part of this thesis, the existing bicycle simulation should be prepared so that it can be operated on a PC. The aim is to be able to carry out studies remotely with such an implementation. During the studies, data is collected (events and movement data in the simulation, answering questionnaires, etc.), which should be saved on a server.

 

All thesis offered in German or English.

Publications

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  2020 (2)
No Need to Slow Down! A Head-up Display Based Warning System for Cyclists for Safe Passage of Parked Vehicles. von Sawitzky, T.; Grauschopf, T.; and Riener, A. In Adjunct Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, AutomotiveUI 2020, Virtual Event, Washington, DC, USA, September 21-22, 2020, pages 1–3, 2020. ACM
No Need to Slow Down! A Head-up Display Based Warning System for Cyclists for Safe Passage of Parked Vehicles [link]Paper   doi   bibtex  
Augmentation Concepts with HUDs for Cyclists to Improve Road Safety in Shared Spaces. von Sawitzky, T.; Wintersberger, P.; Löcken, A.; Frison, A.; and Riener, A. In Bernhaupt, R.; Mueller, F. '.; Verweij, D.; Andres, J.; McGrenere, J.; Cockburn, A.; Avellino, I.; Goguey, A.; Bj\on, P.; Zhao, S.; Samson, B. P.; and Kocielnik, R., editor(s), Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2020, Honolulu, HI, USA, April 25-30, 2020, pages 1–9, 2020. ACM
Augmentation Concepts with HUDs for Cyclists to Improve Road Safety in Shared Spaces [link]Paper   doi   bibtex  
  2019 (3)
Fostering User Acceptance and Trust in Fully Automated Vehicles: Evaluating the Potential of Augmented Reality. Wintersberger, P.; Frison, A.; Riener, A.; and von Sawitzky, T. Presence Teleoperators Virtual Environ., 27(1): 46–62. 2019.
Fostering User Acceptance and Trust in Fully Automated Vehicles: Evaluating the Potential of Augmented Reality [link]Paper   doi   bibtex  
8th Workshop Automotive HMIs: UI Research in the Age of New Digital Realities. Riener, A.; Geisler, S.; Pfleging, B.; von Sawitzky, T.; and Detjen, H. In Alt, F.; Bulling, A.; and Döring, T., editor(s), Mensch und Computer 2019 - Workshopband, Hamburg, Germany, September 8-11, 2019, 2019. Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.
8th Workshop Automotive HMIs: UI Research in the Age of New Digital Realities [link]Paper   doi   bibtex  
Increasing trust in fully automated driving: route indication on an augmented reality head-up display. von Sawitzky, T.; Wintersberger, P.; Riener, A.; and Gabbard, J. L. In Khamis, M.; Sorce, S.; Cauchard, J. R.; and Gentile, V., editor(s), Proceedings of the 8th ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays, PerDis 2019, Palermo, Italy, June 12-14, 2019, pages 6:1–6:7, 2019. ACM
Increasing trust in fully automated driving: route indication on an augmented reality head-up display [link]Paper   doi   bibtex  
  2017 (1)
Traffic Augmentation as a Means to Increase Trust in Automated Driving Systems. Wintersberger, P.; von Sawitzky, T.; Frison, A.; and Riener, A. In Paternò, F.; Spano, L. D.; Ardito, C.; and Santoro, C., editor(s), Proceedings of the 12th Biannual Conference on Italian SIGCHI Chapter, CHItaly 2017, Cagliari, Italy, September 18 - 20, 2017, pages 17:1–17:7, 2017. ACM
Traffic Augmentation as a Means to Increase Trust in Automated Driving Systems [link]Paper   doi   bibtex