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DRIVING SIMULATOR FOR PERSONS WITH IMPAIRED COGNITION

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 2R42HD037287-02
Agency Tracking Number: HD037287
Amount: $0.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2002
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY, INC. 13766 S HAWTHORNE BLVD
HAWTHORNE, CA 90250
United States
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 WILLIAM DURFEE
 (612) 625-0099
 WKDURFEE@UMN.EDU
Business Contact
 R ALLEN
Phone: (310) 679-2281
Email: STI@SYSTEMSTECH.COM
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

Brain injury frequently results in cognitive impairment reducing an individual?s ability to judge driving situations accurately. Rehabilitation professionals use on-road tests to
determine if an individual is safe to drive, but these tests are typically
performed under calm conditions and offer little information on the
individual?s responses to typical, real-life driving challenges. STISIM is a
relatively low-cost, high performance, customizable driving simulator based
upon standard desktop computer technology. The purpose of this Phase II STTR
project is to determine if STISIM can be adapted to the clinical rehabilitation
market for use by rehabilitation driving professionals and their client with
cognitive impairments.
Proof of concept was demonstrated in Phase I which resulted in the creation of
a driving scenario that offers increasingly complex driving challenges as the
route proceeds, the development of data collection and analysis procedures to
quantitatively evaluate driving performance and the pilot testing of the
scenario, data collection and processing methods using five subjects with mild
cognitive impairments and five age-matched control subjects with no
impairments. The result demonstrated that the simulator was capable of
identifying significant driving differences between the two groups.
In Phase II, impairments to the hardware and software of STISIM will be
implemented. A multi-center clinical study will be conducted to evaluate
test-retest reliability, discriminant validity and concurrent validity of
STISIM when using subjects with cognitive impairments. In addition, an
ease-of-use study and a self-awareness pilot study will be conducted. At the
end of Phase II, the applicant company (STI) will be prepared to move into a
commercialization phase to bring the STISIM simulator into the rehabilitation
market

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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