BCIT Calibration Driving

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BCIT Calibration Driving
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BCIT Calibration Driving


Overview: The Calibration Driving study was intended to provide calibration data for applying fatigue-based driver performance prediction algorithms. Calibration data sets were designed to be the first component of every recording session within the BCIT program, which featured multiple studies investigating fatigue.

Collectively, the Calibration Driving recordings comprise a 'virtual' study, in which driving performance at the calibration level can be analyzed. When analyzed with other same-subject data, involving much longer tasks, the calibration data sets can be used as the basis for non-fatigue state performance.

Further information is available on request from

The task was performed using identical systems at three different sites:

  • Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen MD (T1)
  • Teledyne Corporation, Durham, NC (T2)
  • Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Louisville, CO (T3)

All sites used identical driving simulator setups.

The data collected at site T1 used a 64-channel Biosemi EEG headset as did the data collected at site T2, while site T3 used a 256-channel Biosemi EEG headset.

Data from site T1 has legacy subject IDs in the range 1000 to 1999. Data from site T2 has legacy subject IDs in the range 2000 to 2999. Data from site T3 has legacy subject IDs in the range 3000 to 3999. Legacy subject IDs are unique across the entire BCIT program.


Subjects: Subjects at Aberdeen Proving Grounds were recruited, on a voluntary basis from among the scientists and engineers working at APG.

Subjects recruited by Teledyne and SAIC were found via advertising and community outreach efforts, and primarily consisted of local college students.

Apparatus: Driving simulator with steering wheel and brake / foot pedals (Real Time Technologies; Dearborn, MI); Video Refresh Rate (VRR) = 900 Hz; Vehicle data log file Sampling Rate (SR) = 100 Hz); EEG (BioSemi 256 (+8) channel systems with 4 eye and 2 mastoid channels recorded; SR=1024 Hz); Eye Tracking (Sensomotoric Instruments (SMI); REDEYE250).

Initial setup: Upon arrival to the lab, subjects were given an introduction to the primary study for which they were recruited and provided informed consent and provided demographics information. This was followed by a practice session, to acclimate the subject to the driving simulator. The driving practice task lasted 10-15 min, until asymptotic performance in steering and speed control was demonstrated and lack of motion sickness was reported.

Subjects were then outfitted and prepped for eye tracking and EEG acquisition.

Task organization: The Calibration study featured a 15-minute trial, requiring the driver to control the steering of a simulated vehicle on a long, straight road in a visually sparse environment.

With the vehicle speed controlled by the driving simulator, the only task for the subject was to maintain the vehicle position in the center of the lane. The vehicle was periodically subject to lateral perturbing forces, which could be applied to either side of the vehicle, pushing the vehicle out of the center of the lane; and the subject was instructed to execute corrective steering actions to return the vehicle to the center of the lane.

Independent variables: None.

Dependent variables: Reaction times to perturbations, continuous performance based on vehicle log (steering wheel angle, lane position, heading error, etc.), Task-Induced Fatigue Scale (TIFS), Karolinska Sleepiness Scale (KSS), Visual Analog Scale of Fatigue (VAS-F).

Note: questionnaire data is available upon request from

Additional data acquired: Participant Enrollment Questionnaire, Subject Questionnaire for Current Session, Simulator Sickness Questionnaire.

Experimental Locations: Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen MD (site T1); Teledyne Corporation, Durham, NC (site T2); Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Louisville, CO (site T3).

Note: This 15-minute task was performed prior to every run in the BCIT experimental series. Thus, the runs have corresponding runs in one or more of BCIT Advanced Guard Duty (ds004106), BCIT Basic Guard Duty (ds004119), BCIT Baseline Driving (ds004120), BCIT Mind Wandering (ds004121), BCIT Speed Control (ds004122) and Traffic Complexity (ds004123) that were conducted on the same subject during the same session. The Calibration Driving run was always conducted first.


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