Anyway.. I as you can tell, I am doing quite well. After the opening ceremony on Monday, we got to meet the other international students who came to visit Wuhan University of Technology. Most of them are American and study at different universities across the country. All of them are from different field though, which means Dave and I will be working with three Chinese students / assistant professors from this university for the next 10 days. After another overwhelming lunch, our work on our project began. Each of our three colleagues had come up with a specific project they wanted to work on. The only problem is that the actual program only grants us about 5 days to complete all the work. Because these ten days will include a two-day visit to the Three Gorges Dam and a final day for presentations, the schedule is extremely tight. But we will do our best.
The three experiments we will try to complete are:
- A driving simulator study, focused at comparing calm vs. angry driving (road rage).
- A driving simulator study, focused on designing and testing a lane deviation warning system.
- A real world driving experiment, aimed at driver intention monitoring.
If you read my last blog, you will understand why I was hesitating to volunteer as a test driver in this particular environment. But I will do it. I will be driving a car that has been completely modified from it's original (a Volkwagen SAnTANa), with wireless cameras, steering wheel and pedal sensors, and a decent sized computer in the trunk. Too bad they forgot to install the rockets. I think they would be quite useful, especially since I'm pretty sure that they did sacrifice the airbags. I believe this experiment will be planned for day 3 or 4 of this week, so just shouldn't be my last blog just yet.
Today we have been working on Experiment 1, Road Rage, which is not quite done yet. This basically means that we are already behind schedule, but whatever. We have worked hard, and that is all we can do. The picture below shows the simulator we are working with. It is quite impressive. It has a giant 180* screen (it didn't fit in the picture) that is powered by 5 big projectors. We then get to drive a real car that has been modified to have sensors on just about every thing you can control.
The perspective may seem a bit off, but it is perfect from withing the car.
So by now that day has almost come to end. Day #6 in China. It has been a long day since we basically spend 12 hours of it in the lab. The only breaks we took were for lunch and dinner. Tomorrow we start "early" again, as I have completely grown out of the habit of starting work at 8:30.
I will try to get back to you tomorrow night.