VMBS Professor Collaborates On Project To Detect Fatigue Using Artificial Intelligence

Story by Justin Elizalde, Texas A&M College of Engineering

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Human breath can detect health issues like bowel inflammation and asthma. A new multidisciplinary collaborative project between Texas A&M University and Arizona State University will study human breath as a biometric to detect sleep deprivation, mental and physical fatigued states. | Image: Getty Images

Texas A&M University and Arizona State University (ASU) are collaborating on a $4.8 million multidisciplinary project funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Biological Technology Office to create artificial intelligence (AI) for detecting fatigued states using human breath.

The project aims to better understand sleep deprivation, mental and physical fatigue in humans by measuring breath volatile organic compounds (VOC) biomarkers and how they can affect performance, especially in high-stakes environments.

“The team will use pattern recognition and statistical modeling to identify VOCs that can detect and discriminate the types of fatigue studied during the course of the project,” said Dr. Ivan Ivanov, clinical professor of physiology and pharmacology at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (VMBS).

In addition to Ivanov, the team will include principal investigator Dr. Roozbeh Jafari, the Tim and Amy Leach professor in Texas A&M’s College of Engineering, and Drs. Ranjana Mehta, Arul Jayaraman, Steven Riechman, and Heather Bean.

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