Welcome! The Laboratory for Intelligent and Safe Automobiles (LISA) is a multidisciplinary effort to explore innovative approaches to making future automobiles safer and "intelligent". Our research considers issues in sensing, analysis, modeling, and prediction of parameters associated with drivers, occupants, vehicle dynamics and vehicle surroundings as well as transportation infrastructures. This is accomplished by research in computer vision and intelligent systems with synergistic contributions from cognitive sciences, psychology and decision theory. The LISA team has a broad theoretical as well as experimental research agenda. Several unique and powerful test-beds, including vehicles, real-time machine vision systems, multimodal interfaces, and driving simulators, exist in our laboratory. Research is pursued with the close engagement of collaborators from industry and government agencies.

The Laboratory for Intelligent and Safe Automobiles is recognized as a leader in the academic and professional communities, with unique expertise in developing human-centered active safety systems and novel machine vision algorithms specifically for automotive applications. The UCSD LISA team has been recognized as the “most productive, most cited and influential” research group over the past ten year period in the Intelligent Transportation Systems field (based upon a recent survey published in the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems). In addition to this, many of the UCSD researchers have won major awards for their research accomplishments. Dr. Shinko Cheng won the 2008 IEEE ITSS Best Dissertation Award, and Dr. Brendan Morris and Anup Doshi have won consecutive student paper awards at ITS America in 2009 and 2010. The lab has also been awarded several best paper awards, including AVSS 2008 (Shankar Shivappa), IEEE CVPR-Workshop 2007 (Dr. Shinko Cheng), and IEEE CVPR-MVIV Workshop 2005 (Dr. Joel McCall). Dr. Morris and Mr. Doshi were each honored as runners-up for best paper awards at IV 2010, where Cuong Tran and Ashish Tawari were also honored as among the best Ph.D. Dissertation Proposals. The director of the UCSD LISA team serves on a number of important national and international panels, committees, and review boards as an expert panelist or consultant. Media outreach for LISA has included several prominent news articles and documentaries.