Cognitive Systems Research Team

We are developing techniques for measuring the attentional and cognitive states of drivers by using electroencephalogram (EEG), especially focusing on brain responses related to visual information processing at newly eye-fixated positions (i.e., eye-fixation-related potentials, EFRP) and event-related potentials (ERPs) elicited by stimuli that are irrelevant to driving behavior.
We also perform basic researches related to automotive human factors, such as eye-movements during driving, usability of in-vehicle information systems, learning processes in driving, and operation feeling.

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Behavioral Modelling Research Team

Our measurement and modeling techniques of driving behaviors contribute to understanding the human in driving. We will propose new mobility that is adapted to next generation transport society.

  • Measure driving behaviors using AIST instrumented vehicles (proving ground and real roads) and AIST driving simulator
  • Adapt the modeling techniques, including Bayesian network model, Hidden Markov model, Autoregressive model, Structural equation model, to left and right turn at intersections, deceleration, car-following behaviors, lane changing, and, curve negotiation
  • Propose new concepts of the advanced driver assistance systems that lead to improving driving skills and enhancing elderly drivers' willingness of driving

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Physiological Functions Research Team

The main research focus of our team is to understand the interaction between human and vehicles using physiological measurement and evaluation. The members of the team are experts in the field of physiology and psychology.
We use various measurements and evaluations such as Electroencephalogram (EEG), Electrocardiogram (ECG), blood pressure (beat-to-beat), Electromyogram (EMG), blood flow, sweating, biochemical indices, and autonomic nervous system. Using these techniques, we assess drivers physiologically and psychologically. Emphasis is placed on the studies of 1) drivers status needed for automated driving system; 2) support and assist system for elderly drivers; 3) driving pleasures. Furthermore, we extend the role of vehicle to health care and medical solutions.

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