The Eye, The Brain & The Auto

9th World Research Congress on Health and Modern Mobility: Autonomous Vehicles, Driver's Fitness to Function, and Naturalistic Driving Methods

December 7 - 8, 2020 

Virtual Presentations

Program Book


Focusing on the Impact of Disruptive Autonomous Vehicle Technology on Healthcare

WJR Interview with Dr Hessburg

Target Audience:

  • AI/Machine Learning Experts
  • Automotive Designers (Interior and Exterior)
  • Automated, Connected, Electric & Shared (ACES) Companies
  • Blind Community
  • Cognitive Sciences Researchers
  • Design Thinking Experts
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineers
  • Emergency Medicine Physicians
  • Geriatric Physicians and Clinicians
  • Immersive Virtual and Augmented Reality Developers
  • Interested Public
  • Journalists
  • Mobility Experts
  • Neurologists
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Press
  • Social Psychologists
  • Systems Engineers
  • Trauma Surgeons
  • User Experience Designers
  • Visual Sciences Researchers
  • Visual Physiologists
  • Venture Capitalists

Congress objectives:

At the end of the two-day world congress attendees will:

  • Have a clearer understanding of the progress being made in autonomous vehicle development 
  • Understand the role that user’s vision and cognition will have in a journey ranging from no driver assist technology to full autonomy—i.e. S.A.E.* Level zero to level five.
  • Better appreciate the contributions that the technology enabling autonomous mobility will make in health care.
  • Have a better idea where the health care universe will fit in the automotive industry.
  • Appreciate the potential that big data management and the disruptive IT technology developing in the transportation industry may have in health care and wellness
  • Have reviewed progress in the field of human-machine interface in automotive transportation and the roles that vision and cognition will play in this rapidly unfolding field

Questions Addressed:

  • How can medical and visual scientists play a role in human factors and auto design issues?
  • How does a revolution in transportation influence human medicine?
  • Can sensor data or driving performance changes indicate possible health challenges?
  • What role will this democratization of transportation play in human medicine and rehabilitation?
  • How must these vehicles be modified for the blind and/or physically handicapped communities?
  • Can physicians identify design changes in semi-autonomous systems in response to known medical challenges?

2020 Supporters

Leadership Supporter

Macular Degeneration Foundation

Visionary Sponsor

Happy and Bill Rands  

Associate Sponsor


In-kind Sponsor


Henry Ford Health System designates this live course for a maximum of 14.50 AMA PRA Category One Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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