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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

Fast, Efficient, and Objective Detection of Sleepiness (Phase I)

Project Period: 9/15/05-3/14/06
Principal Investigator: Allen Wade, MS
Systems Technology, Inc.
13766 Hawthorne Blvd
Hawthorne, CA 90250


Research has shown that persons under the influence of alcohol or sleepiness display similar behavioral characteristics.

This research team is developing a fast, efficient, secure and objective measuring device to detect sleepiness. Investigators will use an established psychomotor computer-based task known as the Critical Tracking Task (CTT) that has been shown in the past to be sensitive to fatigue and alcohol. The CTT will be updated for this application and a population of 10 healthy adults (5 male and 5 female) will be tested on both the CTT and with a battery of currently accepted sleep detection measures such as the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, Visual Analogue Scale, Psychomotor Vigilance Test, etc. The end result of this research will be a stand alone, commercial electronic product that can be easily self-administered and will quickly and objectively detect sleepiness.