Increasing Work Zone Safety: Worker behavioral analysis with integration of wearable sensors and virtual reality

Through wearable sensors and realistic representations of work zones in virtual reality, we plan to collect worker behavioral and physiological (heart rate) responses to warnings issued under various realistic scenarios and various warning mechanisms.

Development of Mountable Sensors to Improve Bicyclist Safety

These new sensors are focused on obtaining data about the bicyclist’s behavior, which will complement the current data and contribute to new findings. An iOS platform is also being developed to track the devices and visualize real-time data collected with them. More units are expected to be implemented into the device in the near future for crowdsourcing.

Work Zone Safety III: Calibration of Safety Notifications through Reinforcement Learning and Eye Tracking

According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), work zone fatalities at road construction projects account for up to 3% of all workplace fatalities in a given year. We propose adding new functionality to the current VR platform to track the subjects’ attention through his/her head-movement and eye-movement to infer his/her gaze pattern. With the introduction of this method to measure the subject’s attention, we plan to capture additional critical information about the decision a worker makes.