Researchers utilizing the AgeLab’s Miss Daisy were given an award for Best Transactions Paper by the IEEE for their publication entitled, “Detection of driver fatigue caused by sleep deprivation”.
The research addressed novel methods of detecting fatigue behind the wheel and understanding its impact on driver performance. It provided reliable indications of driver drowsiness based on the characteristics of driver-vehicle interaction. The experiments demonstrated that sleep deprivation had a greater effect on rule-based than on skill-based cognitive functions. When drivers were sleep-deprived, their reactions to unexpected disturbances were hindered.
The diverse team of authors were: Dr. Ji Hyun, a National Research Council Fellow working with the Human Systems Integration Laboratory, Operations Research Department at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA; Zhi-Hong Mao, Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh; Louis Tijerina and Tom Pilutti, of Ford Motor’s Research Laboratory in Dearborn, Michigan; Joseph Coughlin, who leads the New England University Transportation Center and AgeLab within MIT’s Center for Transportation & Logistics; and Eric Feron, Dutton-Ducoffe Professor of Aerospace Software Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
The Andrew P. Sage Best Transactions Paper Award recognizes the authors of the best paper published annually in the IEEE Transactions on SMC, as determined by originality, technical merit, potential impact to the SMCS Field of Interest, and presentation quality. The awards ceremony will be part of the SMC 2010 Conference in Istanbul, Turkey held October 10.