Fast, Efficient, and Objective Detection of Sleepiness

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43CE000491-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: CE000491
Amount: $99,988.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
DUNS: 028281020
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
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Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This proposed effort brings together a research team interested in developing a device for the fast, efficient, secure and objective measure of sleepiness in individuals. This effort will take 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 and apply it to the task of detecting sleepiness in individuals. Since research has shown that persons under the influence of alcohol or sleepiness display similar behavioral characteristics, the research teams believes that use of the CTT can be applied to the detection of sleepiness. To accomplish this, the CTT will be updated for this application and a population of 10 hea lthy 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. if a high correlation between t hese tasks exists, then the end result of this research will be a standalone commercial electronic product that can be more easily self administered and will quickly and objectively detect sleepiness in individuals.

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