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Title:Validation of Smartphone AlertMeter Fatigue Assessment Device for Transportation Workers
Principal Investigators:Patrick Sherry and Jesse Owen
University:University of Denver
Grant #:69A3551747108 (FAST Act)
Project #:MPC-605
RH Display ID:154533
Keywords:alertness, commercial drivers, driver performance, evaluation and assessment, fatigue (physiological condition), measurement, smartphones, transit operators, validation


Driver fatigue led to two commuter train crashes in the New York area in 2016 including a Long Island Rail Road crash which injured more than 100 people and killed an innocent bystander. There is a need to identify operators' fatigue levels and the potential for decreased performance because of fatigue before they begin to operate vehicles. The purpose of this project is to gather data designed to validate a state-of-the-art smart phone-based electronic vigilance test, in which a stimulus is presented to the study participant visually and vigilance is assessed within 2 minutes. The proposed project will build on previous research to demonstrate the accuracy of a measure of fatigue and alertness in the transportation industry and potentially lead to a reduction in accidents and injuries.

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