The Biomedical signals and systems research group at the division of Signal processing and Biomedical engineering at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, is recruiting a qualified candidate for a postdoctoral position. We are an internationally renowned research group, focusing on research in the fields of Biomedical Engineering and Health Informatics. This postdoctoral position is funded by Chalmers Transport Area of Advance (50 %) and Autoliv Development AB (50 %), in support of development of a new research track and commercial platform for increasing traffic safety, improving intelligent transportation systems and enabling in-vehicle health monitoring, named the Vehicle Human Assessment Platform (VHAP).
The idea for VHAP builds upon previous work performed at the Department of Electrical Engineering and SAFER Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre at Chalmers in collaboration with Autoliv and VTI (Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute) for assessing driver level of sleepiness via Artificial Intelligence (AI), by machine learning of heart rate variability (HRV) signals. VHAP will enable real-time driver monitoring and capability estimation through non-obtrusive measurement and analysis of driver vital data such as heart rate, HRV and breathing rate, as well as data related to driving performance and context information. Applications can be found in scenarios expected in autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles, as well as the possibility to detect health issues that can influence the driving capability, or in post-crash situations. The research is expected to contribute to Euro NCAP’s future rating of driver monitoring, which will include detection of driver fatigue, distraction and driving under the influence of alcohol. Contributions can include best practice, guidance on suitable state indicators and simplified test procedures, and information on expected accuracy with industry-grade sensors.