MD-Alert SIM

The MD-Alert-Sim project aims to develop scientifically tested on-line procedures to monitor and reveal the starting and progressive growth of sub-optimal alertness or readiness states on the driver, that interfere with safe driving. The practical application of these findings will lead to the specification of a procedure to warn and awake the driver who has passed the optimal alertness threshold while driving. Consequently, solutions will address the problem of car accidents that result from drowsy driving and other reduced alertness states. The project's experiments are conducted on an advanced driving simulator.

Psychophysiological and Behavioural Monitoring of the Driver's Alertness States in a Driving Simulator


08/200407/2007. Project ended.


Academy of Finland


The Jyväskylä Polytechnic University provides funding for the development of the first stage of the driving simulator. Henry Fordin Säätiö (The Henry Ford Foundation, Finland) also contributes to the funding of activities related to this project.

Collaborative partnerships have been established with companies in the Jyväskylä region and international collaborators, such as the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), and other European companies and research organizations, are being actively sought.

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The project is linked to the Agora MindTech Laboratory and encompasses research areas such as psychophysiology, human factors psychology, computational information technology, and virtual reality engineering. The results of this project have direct implications for applied areas such as commercial transport, i.e. air, land and sea, and industrial process monitoring as exampled by nuclear power plant management, where an operator's alertness is crucial for safe functioning.

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