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Head Access Laminar Optoelectric Neuroimaging System

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Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
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2003 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Electrical Geodesics, Inc.
500 E. 4th Ave Second Floor EUGENE, OR -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Head Access Laminar Optoelectric Neuroimaging System
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: DAAH0103CR227
Award Amount: $97,498.00


This project develops a dense array fNIR/EEG neuroimaging system for use in operational environments. Miniature NIR-enhanced optical emitters and detectors are combined with EEG and EIT (Electrical Impedance Tomography) electrodes embedded in a novel,flexible and wireless, geodesic head web. This device integrates all interconnect for power and signal within the flexible geodesic tension structure, allowing comfortable and inobtrusive use while minimizing movement artifact. A novel phase changepolymer technology is introduced that optimizes coupling of both electrical and optical signals with the skin and scalp. An advance in miniature electronics will allow all amplification and signal processing to be worn on the head or body, allowing highbandwidth telemetry of dense array data on brain activity to the Cognitive Workload Assessment workstation. The initial design allows topographic reconstruction of both the hemodynamic (NIRS) and fast optical (EROS) signals, and it anticipates newalgorithms for tomographic reconstruction of brain activity throughout the head volume. This optoelectric neuroimaging system will allow comfortable acquisition of dense array data on brain activity from a gossamer, wireless web structure attached to the head. High bandwidth information on spatial and temporal components of human brainactivity can then be gathered with minimal interference in the routine behavior of the workplace. The soft flexible design allows use under a helmet while maintaining impact protection, and the resistance to movement artifact allows routine use with bothambulatory and supine patients in the medical setting.

Principal Investigator:

Don M. Tucker
CEO/Chief Scientist

Business Contact:

Robert A. Van Meter
General Manager
Small Business Information at Submission:

1600 Millrace Drive, Suite 307 Eugene, OR 97403

EIN/Tax ID: 931090642
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No