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Multi-modal cloud based system for detecting early signs of driver cognitive decline and/or high risk driving behaviors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R41AG073222-01
Agency Tracking Number: R41AG073222
Amount: $416,423.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: NIA
Solicitation Number: PA20-265
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-08-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-07-31
Small Business Information
Andover, MA 01810-1022
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 (978) 738-8178
Business Contact
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution
EAST LANSING, MI 48824-2600
United States

 Nonprofit College or University

Project Summary/AbstractPhysical Sciences Inc. (PSI), in collaboration with Michigan State University (MSU) and the University of
Michigan (U-M), proposes to develop a novel technology that will non-intrusively monitor driver cognitive
decline and/or high-risk driving behavior that is especially suited for seniors (aged andgt;65). Contextual
physiological biomarkers along with computer vision based drive quality measurements will be obtained
through a cloud-based acquisition system. Real-time risk assessments that are measures of cognitive status
will be performed on the cloud to provide comprehensive analysis on drive quality metrics for seniors with
varying levels of cognitive impairment.Assessment of a driver’s cognitive status requires the use of a complex monitoring platform that can be
seamlessly installed into any automobile without interfering or adding complexity to driving. Therefore, our goal
is to develop a cloud-based, multi-modal routine cognitive/drive assessment system that combines a Smart
Steering Sleeve (S3), which monitors physiological biomarkers, along with a Computer Vision (CV) system that
provides contextual insight for biomarker changes and monitors a driverandapos;s habits. The Cloud-based Computer
Vision Smart Steering Sleeve (C-CVS3) sensor system will be capable of monitoring biomarkers such as heart
rate, hand gripping force, and the presence of excessive sweat from the skin surface indicating stress levels
affecting potential drive quality degradation, which are also factors expected to be associated with cognitive
impairment during critical events. Dash cameras provide temporal context including reaction times to
unexpected hazards in addition to driver’s safety measures, such as staying within the lane, and maintaining
distance to surrounding vehicles. The transmitted data to the cloud from both modalities will be used to derive
cognitive/drive quality indices (QI) for driving risks that can be associated with increased stress levels, attention
deficiency and/or cognitive decline in individuals. This modality will result in an add-on adaptive platform in
automobiles that gauges cognitive status/decline providing value to the auto insurance industry, RMV, as well
as to the caregivers of the cognitively impaired patient apart from the individual himself to identify a quantifiable
parameter before giving up driving or to seek additional cognitive diagnosis.The basic functions of this comprehensive drive monitoring system will be evaluated in Phase I on a
number of individuals in a driving simulator. The technology will be improved in Phase II and will be further
tested during real-world driving scenarios.Project NarrativeRoutine cognitive screening in a controlled cognition-involved environment such as driving, an everyday
activity, provides a non-intrusive method to identify patterns of cognitive decline and/or high-risk driving
behavior. PSI, in conjunction with MSU and U-M, will develop a cloud-based, multi-modal system combining a
Cognitive Smart Steering Sleeve (CS3) measuring physiological biomarkers and a Computer Vision (CV)
module monitoring drive safety measures for frequent and non-intrusive monitoring of high risk driving
behavior/cognitive status.

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