A University of Leicester research project is making strides in simultaneously capturing data on brain activity and eye movement associated with falling asleep. Researchers hope these advances might eventually help develop a vehicle safety system that can detect when drivers are at risk of falling asleep behind the wheel.

The U.K.-based project is in collaboration with the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina.

The research breakthrough involves bringing two recent developments together:

  • High-speed eye tracking that records eye movements in unprecedented detail using infrared cameras
  • High-density electroencephalograph (EEG) technology that measures electrical brain activity with millisecond precision through electrodes placed on the scalp.

Researchers have overcome previous technological challenges by developing novel signal processing techniques.

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