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Driver Behavioral Situational Awareness System (DB-SAM)

Project Information

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Start Date: 
Thursday, March 13, 2014
End Date: 
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
FHWA Program: 
Exploratory Advanced Research
FHWA Topics: 
Research/Technologies--Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC)
TRT Terms: 
Biometrics; Behavior; Distraction; Human factors; Safety; Research
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TRB Subject Area: 
Data and Information Technology, Research, Safety and Human Factors

Contact Information

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(202) 493-3338
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Safety Data and Analysis Team
Office of Safety Research and Development
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Project Details

Project Description: 

The research will attempt to automatically classify certain aspects of driver state (such as fatigue) or distraction due to a conversation using a handheld device (such as a cell phone). This will be done in part by continuously estimating the facial head pose of a driver to see if the driver is paying attention to the road and his/her surroundings. Other facial cues, such as mouth movement and eye movement, as well as whether the driver has both hands on the steering wheel, will be used to determine driver attentiveness. The proposed system will automatically detect 'soft' biometric information about the driver, such as age, gender, ethnicity, glasses, etc.


Develop face detection, landmarking, behavioral, and soft biometric detection modules.


Deliverable Name: 
Integrated software system configured for driver behavior detection.
Deliverable Type: 
Deliverable Description: 
This software product will include four feature extraction modules: (1) Automatic Face Detection and Tracking, (2) Robust Facial Landmarking, (3) Three-dimensional (3D) General Elastic Model, and (4) Automatic Driver Behavior and Soft-Biometrics Detection