IIT Guwahati boost to low-cost system to detect drowsiness among drivers - Times of India

GUWAHATI: The IIT Guwahati, in a joint start-up venture, aims to build a low-cost system to detect drowsiness among drivers with multimodal approach in order to prevent fatal accidents. The start- up was founded jointly by two students from IIT Guwahati and a student from Tezpur University, Assam.

The proposed system is a non-intrusive system used to determine the drowsiness of the driver and to alert the driver if drowsiness is detected. “The system developed will continuously evaluate driver’s physiological and behavioral parameters to assess the drowsiness level,” said an IIT Guwahati spokesperson.

A tripartite incubation support agreement has been signed recently between IIT Guwahati, Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) – a public sector company, and Vigitrics Private Limited in this regard. The agreement was signed by dean (Industrial Interactions and Special Initiatives) IIT Guwahati, Prof. G Krishnamoorthy, senior chief general manager (Corporate affairs) NRL, Nikunja Borthakur, and director, Vigitrics, Pharvesh Salman Choudhary, in presence of IIT Guwahati director Prof. TG Sitharam. Vigitrics Private Limited, the start-up company is aiming to develop an Intelligent Drowsiness Detection System that is being incubated at the Technology Incubation Centre of IIT Guwahati (IITG-TIC). The start-up company is funded by NRL through its Start-up Funding Program iDEATION.

IITG-TIC supports such innovative activities through incubation and provides technical mentorship in collaboration with research experts in the field at IIT Guwahati. “To enhance the institute-industry collaborations, innovations and entrepreneurship, IIT Guwahati established an office of Dean for Industrial Interactions and Special Initiatives (II&SI) in May 2020. I appreciated that this company is founded by students including a girl student of IIT Guwahati through their innovative idea. I also welcome NRL to fund more start-ups from IIT Guwahati,” Prof. Sitharam said.

Through this collaboration, he said, both NRL and IIT Guwahati are expecting significant boost in high quality products and provide a foundation for further collaborations resulting in self-sustaining technologies in various fields of mutual interest.

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