Automated Drowsiness Detection For Improved Driving Safety

  • Vural E
  • Cetin M
  • Ercil A
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Abstract

Several approaches were proposed for the detection and pre- diction of drowsiness. The approaches can be categorized as estimating the fitness of duty, modeling the sleep-wake rhythms, measuring the ve- hicle based performance and online operator monitoring. Computer vi- sion based online operator monitoring approach has become prominent due to its predictive validity of detecting drowsiness. Previous studies with this approach detect driver drowsiness primarily by making pre- assumptions about the relevant behavior, focusing on blink rate, eye clo- sure, and yawning. Here we employ machine learning to datamine actual human behavior during drowsiness episodes. Automatic classifiers for 30 facial actions from the Facial Action Coding system were developed us- ing machine learning on a separate database of spontaneous expressions. These facial actions include blinking and yawn motions, as well as a num- ber of other facial movements. In addition, head motion was collected through automatic eye tracking and an accelerometer. These measures were passed to learning-based classifiers such as Adaboost and multino- mial ridge regression. The system was able to predict sleep and crash episodes during a driving computer game with 98% accuracy across sub- jects. This is the highest prediction rate reported to date for de-tecting real drowsiness. Moreover, the analysis revealed new information about human facial behavior during drowsy driving.

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Authors

  • Esra Vural

  • Mujdat Cetin

  • Aytul Ercil

  • Gwen Littlewort

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