Faculty Advisor

Bitar, Stephen J.

Faculty Advisor

Emanuel, Alexander E.


The goal of the project is to discuss the problem of Driving Fatigue and Drowsiness (DFD). A survey of 269 people helped determine the major causes of DFD. It was found that long distance drive, time of drive, and drugs/alcohol abuse are the three major contributing factors that lead to sleep related crashes. The basics physiological mechanism that governs microsleep were researched and possible mitigations methods were discussed. Finally, recommendations for drivers and for the government were proposed.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2004

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering