FURI | Fall 2020

Environmental Perception Based Human Intent Inference in Autonomous Cars

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Social Value Orientation (SVO) is a measure of ones’ preference to allocate rewards between themselves and another person.  Previous research in human modeling for autonomous driving has incorporated SVO estimation into their prediction models, however, SVO does not always dictate behavior.  The environment itself can influence behavior and even help to prime SVOs.  The research presented attempts to integrate the relationship between SVO and the environment into human intent inference as prior knowledge of the system. The idea is to create a better model of human driving that considers drivers’ perception of the environment.

Student researcher

Zachary Hoffmann

Computer science

Hometown: O'Fallon, Missouri, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2021