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Closed-Loop Feedback Control for Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-18-P-6920
Agency Tracking Number: F17B-002-0004
Amount: $149,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF17B-T002
Solicitation Number: 2017.0
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-11-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-09-20
Small Business Information
5754 Pacific Center Blvd
San Diego, CA 92121
United States
DUNS: 016541711
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Brooke Roberts
 (858) 412-1718
Business Contact
 Tracey Bennett Wrightson
Phone: (858) 412-1800
Research Institution
 Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
 Diana Thacker
40 S. Alcaniz St.
Pensacola, CA 32502
United States

 (850) 202-4473
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

Because of rising demand for human analysts and more efficient processing of increasingly large and challenging amounts of intelligence, human limitations on mental workload, cognitive fatigue, and attentionor task engagement, need to be accurately monitored in real-time in order to provide sensitive detection of impaired cognitive states. It is a challenge to continuously monitor these cognitive characteristics, known collectively as dynamic brain information processing capacity (dBIPC) to implement real-time mitigations in a closed-loop feedback system.The overall goal of this Phase I STTR project is to design a closed-loop feedback system that incorporates advanced EEG and fNIR monitoring systems, brain-state classification algorithms and real-time gauges of mental workload, fatigue, and engagement, and a low-noise, high definition tDCS (HD-tDCS) system.Quantum Applied Science and Research (QUASAR), Inc. will contribute advanced dry-electrode electroencephalography (EEG) and functional near infrared (fNIR) sensors with proprietary real-time brain state classification algorithms, while the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC) will incorporate modeling techniques from leading experts to determine optimal stimulation parameters for alleviating cognitive impairments, and consultants at Soterix Medical, Inc. will provide a transcranial direct current stimulation (HD-tDCS) system and necessary expertise to integrate it with the other components.

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