Dr. Paolo Pretto
Project leader and research scientist at Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics
Dr. Paolo Pretto is a research scientist specialized in measuring human perception and behaviour, with extensive experience as Team and Project Manager. His work focuses on the perception and control of self-motion in realistically simulated environment, with emphasis on driving contexts. He received an MSc (cum laude) in experimental Psychology at the University of Padova, Italy, and a binational PhD in Perception, Psychophysics and Behavioral Sciences from the same University and the University of Tübingen, Germany.
Since 2011 Dr. Pretto is leader of the Motion Perception and Simulation research group at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, in which 14 scientists investigate how humans perceive vehicle’s in driving simulation. Dr. Pretto has over 15 years of experience with Experimental Design, Psychophysics, Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods, Descriptive and Inferential Statistics, Virtual Reality and Simulation Technology. He has successfully developed and applied a variety of research methods to quantify driver’s perception.
He participated in the EU project MOVES (MOtion cueing for VEhicle Simulators, 3.9M Euro) as researcher and local scientific coordinator. He has been scientific leader and project manager for the WABS (Perception-Based Motion Simulation, 1.1M Euro) research project. Moreover, he has been initiator and project manager of several collaborations with German automotive manufacturers. He has organized the Driving Simulation Conference 2015 (260 attendees from 20 countries) and initiated, organized and moderated several other international events.