A Conversational Independent Living Assistant for Cognitive Impairments

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,996.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
W81XWH-08-C-0740
Solitcitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
2008
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
O082-H06-3171
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD08-H06
Small Business Information
ATTENTION CONTROL SYSTEMS, INC.
650 Castro Street, Suite 120, PMB 197, Mountain View, CA, 94041
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
808269588
Principal Investigator
 Richard Levinson
 Principal Investigator
 (650) 494-2002
 rich@brainaid.com
Business Contact
 Richard Levinson
Title: President
Phone: (650) 494-2002
Email: rich@brainaid.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
When a patient starts working with a new human caregiver it takes time and talking to develop trust and acceptance, and we should expect the same for electronic cognitive assistants. Human caregivers also function independently from the patient. While existing electronic cognitive aids simply echo the user's schedule back to them, human caregivers think independently about the best way to cue the user in a given situation. We propose to develop an Independent Living Assistant that interacts with patients in a similar way, by using a human-like face and a "conversational" ability to discuss preferences and options with the user. We will extend a commercial cognitive aid already being used by the VA, by adding physiological sensors to detect panic attacks and other psychological symptoms. The system may detect when users avoid activities, and converse with users during in-vivo exposure sessions to collect physiological data as well as their reported in-vivo experience, in order to determine if and when the patient is ready to move to the next level. Anticipated benefits of the system include increased user independence and reduced long-term caregiver costs. Our Medical Advisory Board includes two VA neuropsychologists who will provide guidance about clinical and commercial considerations.

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