Fatigue on Commuter Trips

While many strategies target road safety on long trips, evidence suggests short regular (commuter) trips may be also subject to fatigue. Fatigue during commuting is an important problem at the nexus of workplace and road safety, and has been identified as a major issue for the Aviation industry. The student would complete a range of simulator and on-road studies measuring drowsiness (as an index of fatigue) under various sleep conditions.

Supervisor
Carlo Caponecchia
Level
PhD
Passenger on floor at airport

Task- and sleep-related contributors to driver fatigue

"Fatigue is a recognised hazard for drivers and people operating any form of transport, playing a role in up to 30% of crashes. While there is general agreement about its effects, the causes of fatigue remain a contentious issue. Two broad classes of fatigue causes have been identified: Endogenous causes are primarily sleep-related, while exogenous causes refer to the characteristics of an activity or task. To date it has been difficult to distinguish the effects of each cause because most studies of fatigued performance incorporate both factors. 

Creator
Rainer Zeller
Supervisor
Rena Friswell
Level
PhD
Tired driver