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Computer Science scholar's invention clinches Hong Kong Innovative Invention Award gold medal from FITMI

2017.12.14

Professor Cheung Yiu-ming (right) and Dr Han Quanbin (left) win a gold medal and silver medal of the Hong Kong Innovative Invention Award, respectively.

The fatigue driving detection and alarm system which alerts a drowsy driver invented by Professor Cheung Yiu Ming and his team from the Department of Computer Science, won the gold medal of the Hong Kong Innovative Invention Award presented by the Hong Kong Federation of Innovative Technologies and Manufacturing Industries (FITMI) recently.

Professor Cheung Yiu Ming’s new approach adopts a smartphone’s real-time video to track and analyse the facial features of a driver, in particular the changes in prominent fatigue symptoms. The system aims at reducing the number of accidents caused by fatigue driving. With this system pre-installed in a smartphone, when the camera captures features like drooping eyelids or drowsiness, an alarm is automatically set off to awaken the sleepy driver.

The Hong Kong Innovative Invention Award is a new category under the FITMI awards 2017, and recognises prominent innovative technologies or products produced by a company or an individual.