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Collaborative research

Collaborative research

The following research actively engaged both Optalert and external organisations, including educational institutions and researchers.


Institute for Breathing & Sleep, Austin Hospital, Victoria, Australia

Dr Mark Howard at the Institute for Breathing & Sleep (IBAS) is using Optalert to compare ocular measures of alertness between healthy controls, obstructive sleep apnoea patients and shift workers, and their relationship to crash-risk.

Optalert is also being used to assess ocular measures of alertness following benzodiazepine and alcohol ingestion.

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Institute of Aviation Medicine (AVMED) A drowsiness detection system for pilots: OPTALERT

A drowsiness detection system for pilots: OPTALERT

Optalert has worked with AVMED since January 2007 to develop a portable version of the Optalert vehicle system for use in the aviation industry.

A proof-of-concept trial was performed in a dynamic flight simulator configured to a PC9 aircraft and concluded that Optalert has the potential to be included in aircrew fatigue risk management systems.

Findings were published by MA Corbett in the Journal of Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, February 2009.

School of Psychology, Psychiatry & Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Victoria, Australia

An investigation of drowsiness while driving in hospital night shift workers and sleep disorder patients: The Monash drowsy driving study.

Monash University is conducting a pilot study using a portable version of the Optalert research system to investigate the drowsiness levels of shift workers during their daily drive to and from work.

Led by Associate Professor Shantha M.W. Rajaratnam, this research could provide objective evidence of the impact of shift work on driver fatigue and crash risk.

Professor Shantha M.W. Rajaratnam is also a Lecturer in Medicine in the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School (USA) and Associate Neuroscientist in the Division of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital (USA).

Vrije Universiteit Brussels Department of Psychology

Objective monitoring of drowsiness during prolonged on-road driving

Professor Raymond Cluydts within the Biological Psychology Research Group conducted an on-road drowsy driving experiment in May 2010 in which drivers wore Optalert glasses to continually monitor their drowsiness levels during a prolonged 800 km drive.


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