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Closed-Loop Feedback Control for Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, Phase II.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-19-C-6041
Agency Tracking Number: F17B-002-0004
Amount: $749,983.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF17B-T002
Solicitation Number: 17.B
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-04-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-04-26
Small Business Information
16744 West Bernardo Drive
San Diego, CA 92127
United States
DUNS: 016541711
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Brooke Roberts
 Research Scientist
 (858) 412-1718
Business Contact
 Gayle Guy
Phone: (858) 412-1839
Research Institution
 The Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC)
 Diana Thacker Diana Thacker
40 S. Alcaniz St.
Pensacola, FL 32502
United States

 (850) 202-4473
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

Human analysts are presented with ever-increasing amounts of data to process, taxing the limitations of human cognitive capacity. This cognitive overloading leads to increased likelihood of errors and accidents, with costly consequences in mission critical operations. Consequently, there is a rising demand for more efficient processing of increasingly large amounts of intelligence. Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a potential intervention for such enhancement of human operator cognitive abilities. Reported benefits from tDCS include increased measures of vigilance, reduced training time, and improvements in multi-tasking. One approach to delivering tDCS is to implement a closed-loop system, which monitors and assesses cognitive state, and provides an appropriate intervention in a real-time feedback loop. Our Phase II project will build upon the designs which were developed during Phase I. The outcome of this project will be a lightweight, fully integrated, wearable EEG and tDCS headset for Closed-Loop Improved Cognition (CLIC). This system will be designed as a fully integrated and standalone headset for unobtrusive long-term use in real-world environments. The CLIC system will incorporate an advanced dry electrode EEG monitoring system, real-time cognitive-state classification algorithms linked to a variable structure observer (VSO) based controller, and a low-noise tDCS system.

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