Improvement of Driving Simulator Eye Tracking Software

This project focuses on improving the eye-tracking tools used with the HumanFIRST driving simulator. Eye tracking is an important feature for simulation-based projects. It allows researchers to understand where participants are focusing their visual attention while driving the simulator. Currently, the eye-tracking system is capable of providing a nearly continuous record of the direction in which the driver is looking with respect to real-world coordinates. However, this by itself does not give any information about what objects the driver was looking at. To collect this type of information, additional processing is necessary. Current methods to process the raw eye-tracking data are time-intensive, requiring a human to go through eye-tracking data and system video by hand in order to extract useful data. This project examines the process by which the eye-tracking data is processed in order to identify and implement software tools to make the process more efficient. One method being examined is to use the eye tracking system's 3D-vision vector and apply that to known information about the simulator's state (i.e., the position and speeds of different elements relative to the driver and vehicle. That information can be combined to calculate with what and for how long the driver's line of sight intersects with virtual and real-world objects. A successful project outcome is the software tools and associated documentation for reducing or eliminating the amount of human intervention when processing the eye-tracking data.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $52789
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Roadway Safety Institute

    Center for Transportation Studies
    University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55455

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Stearns, Amy

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Minnesota

    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    111 Church Street SE
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55455
  • Principal Investigators:

    Davis, Brian

  • Start Date: 20180322
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190531
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01664328
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Roadway Safety Institute
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC35, CTS-2018065
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 27 2018 12:46PM