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Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-20-P-0385
Agency Tracking Number: F19C-010-0173
Amount: $25,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF19C-T010
Solicitation Number: 19.C
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-12-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-12-12
Small Business Information
2619 Yeoman Ct
West Lafayette, IN 47906
United States
DUNS: 116913488
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Shreyas Sen
 (404) 641-3037
Business Contact
 Shreyas Sen
Phone: (404) 641-3037
Research Institution
 Purdue University
 Jessica Gretencord-Steiner Jessica Gretencord-Steiner
610 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907
United States

 (765) 496-9631
 Nonprofit College or University

Real Time pilot health/performance monitoring requires body worn physiological sensors to communicate their data to a monitoring device in the cockpit. Traditionally Radio Frequency (RF) based wireless communication would be used in these scenarios. However, these RF waves can potentially affect critical radio communication between the airplane and ground. Electro Quasi-Static Human Body Communication (EQS-HBC), which uses the body as a conducting medium for communication, can be utilized as a potential alternative method in this scenario. Using high impedance capacitive termination at the receiver end it is possible to utilize the body as a wire in EQS-HBC. This wire-like behavior enables the confinement of the signal within the body. As a result, any communication from the wearable device has no effect on the radio communication between the airplane and ground, enabling applications like pilot monitoring. In Phase-I of this project we want to evaluate the feasibility and understand the design requirements of a EQS-HBC based pilot monitoring system in a heavily instrumented airplane cockpit environment. Apart from this particular scenario the above technique can also be used for applications such as secure authentication, information exchange between persons during handshake etc.

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