Date of Graduation


Document Type


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Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources


Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Committee Chair

Vinod K Kulathumani

Committee Co-Chair

Yaser Fallah

Committee Member

Vladislav Kecojevic

Committee Member

Yanfang Ye


Driver drowsiness has always been a major concern for researchers and road use administrators. It has led to countless deaths accounting to significant percentile of deaths world over. Researchers have attempted to determine driver drowsiness using the following measures: (1) subjective measures (2) vehicle-based measures; (3) behavioral measures and (4) physiological measures.;Studies carried out to assess the efficacy of all the four measures, have brought out significant weaknesses in each of these measures. However detailed and comprehensive review has indicated that Physiological Measure namely EEG signal analysis provides most reliable and accurate information on driver drowsiness. In this paper a brief review of systems, and issues associated with them has been discussed with a view to evolve a novel system based on EEG signals especially for use in mine vehicles.;The feasibility of real-time drowsiness detection using commercially available, off-the-shelf, lightweight, wearable EEG sensors is explored. While EEG signals are known to be reliable indicators of fatigue and drowsiness, they have not been used widely due to their size and form factor. But the use of light-weight wearable EEGs alleviates this concern. Spectral analysis of EEG signals from these sensors using support vector machines is shown to classify drowsy states with high accuracy.;The system is validated using data collected on 23 subjects in fresh and drowsy states. The EEG signals are also used to characterize the blink duration and frequency of subjects. However, classification of drowsy states using blink analysis is shown to have lower accuracy than that using spectral analysis.