Ziraldo named Honda Outstanding Student Paper Award Winner at International Driving Assessment Conference

Posted on Friday, August 6th, 2021

University of Guelph PhD student Erika Ziraldo was awarded the Outstanding Student Paper Award Honorable Mention in the Honda Student Session competition at the 2021 International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design conference (a.k.a., the Driving Assessment Conference), held virtually July 21–23, 2021.

Ziraldo’s presentation was titled, “Vehicle Control and Driver Workload During Simulated Driving: Can Cue Substitution Compensate for Lower Simulator Feature Fidelity?” Fifteen participating students around the world gave presentations to approximately 100 virtual attendees and driving assessment professionals. The award, sponsored by American Honda Motor Company, Inc., provides a certificate and cash award to the student who conducts outstanding research.

“The caliber of student papers we receive for the Driving Assessment Conference is always outstanding, and this year is no exception,” said Daniel McGehee, PhD, Organizing Committee Co-Chair. “Award recipients showcase the best and brightest internationally in the field of human factors driving research.”

Ziraldo is in the University of Guelph College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, School of Engineering, and is advised by Michele Oliver, P.Eng., PhD.

The Driving Assessment Conference is organized by the University of Iowa National Advanced Driving Simulator and provides an interdisciplinary forum for scientific exchange among users of driving assessment tools, applications, and technology. Attendees include researchers and practitioners working on applications of driving assessment from the perspective of engineering, psychology, medicine, and public health.

For more information on the Driving Assessment Conference or Honda Outstanding Student Paper Award, visit drivingassessment.uiowa.edu.