P19224: Biometric Driver Monitoring


Problem Statement Project Information

The driver of a racecar is of great importance in a race. A car’s performance means very little if a driver isn’t fully able to utilize it. A driver must endure many different kinds of stress, and it’s important to make their environment as comfortable as possible for them to perform well. In order to understand how to improve a driver's performance, it's necessary to gather and analyze data about their state and condition as they drive. The purpose of a biometric and vital monitoring system is to acquire said data to see where improvements can be made to driver ergonomics, comfort, etc. Monitoring systems for vitals do currently exist, but they are not ergonomic for use in a race car nor are they integrated with a car's data acquisition system for monitoring and cross referencing between a driver's state and the car's state. The goal is to develop a system, integrated with a car's data acquisition system, to monitor a driver's biometrics such as temperature, muscle force, and heart rate, and do so reliably in a racing environment and adhere to the FSAE rules and safety regulations. Thus, the system must withstand high lateral forces, water, and any other potential hazards. It must also be comfortable to wear for most drivers with a fireproof suit. The data acquired by the system should be transmitted over a CAN bus to be logged next to the car’s data, so that analysts can see what the car is doing and the driver’s response to it while also taking the driver’s feedback into account. Algorithms to automatically analyze the data after it’s logged should be developed to look at driver fatigue and stress levels, as well as how they changed over time.

Project Name
Biometric Driver Monitoring
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Project Family
Vehicle Systems
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Faculty Guide
Dr. Stiehl, cksbme@rit.edu
Primary Customer
RIT Formula SAE Team, formula@rit.edu
Customer Points of Contact
  • Matt Poskus - Chief Engineer
  • Connor Kennard - Vehicle Dynamics Lead
  • Eli Pierce - Driver
Sponsors (financial support)

Team Members

Team in front of RIT Racing's F20 Racecar: From left, Bryan Lilly, Michael Crenella, Yuri Yakovlev, Lucas Wong, Derek Schomer, Paige Byers, Sarah Wilkes, Alexander Bowman

Team in front of RIT Racing's F20 Racecar: From left, Bryan Lilly, Michael Crenella, Yuri Yakovlev, Lucas Wong, Derek Schomer, Paige Byers, Sarah Wilkes, Alexander Bowman

Member Role Contact
Derek Schomer Project Manager dxs9724@rit.edu
Sarah Wilkes Purchasing sxw7256@rit.edu
Paige Byers Biomedical Engineer peb9623@rit.edu
Yuri Yakovlev Lead Engineer yxy8789@rit.edu
Lucas Wong Electrical Engineer lgw8891@rit.edu
Michael Crenella Electrical Engineer mxc8605@rit.edu
Alexander Bowman Mechanical Engineer apb7532@rit.edu
Bryan Lilly Electrical Engineer bjl5613@g.rit.edu

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Planning & Execution

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Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)

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