Eye-tracking for detection of driver fatigue

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In this paper, we describe a system that locates and tracks the eyes of a driver. The purpose of such a system is to perform detection of driver fatigue. By mounting a small camera inside the car, we can monitor the face of the driver and look for eye-movements which indicate that the driver is no longer in condition to drive. In such a case, a warning signal should be issued. This paper describes how to find and track the eyes. We also describe a method that can determine if the eyes are open or closed. The primary criterion for the successful implementation of this system is that it must be highly non-intrusive. The system should start when the ignition is turned on without having the driver initiate the system. Nor should the driver be responsible for providing any feedback to the system. The system must also operate regardless of the texture and the color of the face. It must also be able to handle diverse conditions, such as changes in light, shadows, reflections, etc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Proceedings, ITSC
Editors Anon
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, ITSC - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Nov 9 1997Nov 12 1997


OtherProceedings of the 1997 IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, ITSC
CityBoston, MA, USA


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