Advanced Research on Driver Behaviour Recognition

The Centre for Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence: meet the advanced driver assistance system with an embedded engine.

The Centre for Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (CPAMI) at the University of Waterloo, is a leading Canadian interdisciplinary research entity. CPAMI brings together experts from numerous fields, including artificial intelligence, cognitive science, electrical and computer engineering, and systems design engineering. The centre collaborates with a number of industrial partners at the local and the provincial levels and also co-operates with other centres at the University of Waterloo and at other universities. It is also affiliated with the Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute.

The major research areas in CPAMI include artificial intelligence and machine learning, data mining and knowledge discovery, and, robotics and autonomous systems. The centre has been recipient of major research funds throughout the years (since its inception in 1984) and has graduated more than 450 PhD and master’s students.

Among research contributions made by the centre, is its pioneering work in the field of driver behaviour recognition and manoeuvre prediction using latest tools of information sensor fusion and deep learning. The work has been reported in the Washington Post and Digitaltrend.

Advanced driver assistance systems: the next generation

The system developed uses an integrated camera system with an embedded engine (brain) trained over thousands of clips and pictures of drivers engaged in normal distracted driving behaviour. Once the system detects an abnormal situation of the driver, it alerts the embedded engine immediately. The level of warning that alert gives is dependent on the severity of the distraction behaviour, speed of the car, and outside traffic flow.

The team is now working with car manufacturers and OEM to commercialize the invention and make it part of the next generation of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). In addition to this, the team at CPAMI continues its research work to improve the classification accuracy of the developed system so that it responds faster and with highest possible accuracy either at day or at night times.

For further details, please contact the centre’s director, Professor Fakhri Karray, the Loblaws Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence and the co-director of the Waterloo Institute of Artificial Intelligence.

Professor Fakhri Karray
The Centre for Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
+1 519 888 4567

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