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Bachelor and Master Theses
Scent/Flavor Stimulation while Driving [VERSTECKT]
Bakk-/Masterarbeit vom 13. December 2013; offen

Problem definition, Approach:

  • Driving a car is dynamic adaptation task; "driving performance" is massively influenced by a driver's emotional state
  • Shift in (emotional) driver state is achievable by fragrance based stimulation, e.g.
    • scent of lavender = relaxing
    • peppermint = stimulation, arousing, "active"
  • Experimental setting (user study)
    • measure the influence of different scents on driving performance (reaction time, optimum trace) or physiologic conditions (study ECG/HRV/autochronic image)
    • application of Daimler lane change task (LCT), steering wheel/pedals; shaded virtual cabin
    • dispense scents in the shaded cabin, record driving trajectories
    • evaluate, interpret potential/influence of fragrances

Expected outcome:

  • Different driving behavior on peppermint as compared to lavender dispersion
  • Influence of scent on tracking, e.g. cut corners on peppermint or fewer brakings on lavender


  • Interest in software/prototype development (Java, C/C++/C#)
  • User Study: Setup and carry out experiments
  • Good command of English (understanding of related work; Thesis is preferred written in English)
  • Typesetting using LaTeX (--> Miktex, TeXnicCenter) + BibTeX (-->Jabref)

Time schedule:

  • Start: flexible, as of now
  • Estimated completion date: within 12 months

Further information:


[DelCul2007] Del Cul A, Baillet S, Dehaene S, 2007 Brain Dynamics Underlying the Nonlinear Threshold for Access to Consciousness. PLoS Biol 5(10): e260. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0050260.
[Rauden2000] Raudenbush, B.: The effects of odors on objective and subjective measures of physical performance. The Aroma-Chology Review IX(1) (2000).
[Kecklung2007] G. Kecklund, T. Akerstedt, D. Sandberg, M. Wahde, T. Dukic, A. Anund, and M. Hjalmdahl. State of the art review of driver sleepiness. Deliverable 1.1, Intelligent Vehicle Safety Systems (IVSS) program project, April 2007. [Online]. last retrieved January 23, 2011. http//www.vti.se/11934.epibrw.
[Renault2009] Raphaëlle Gome, Renault and Biotherm present ZOE Z.E. - The first 100% electric "spa" concept car", Renault, France, 2009, online available www.media.renault.com