Increasing Independence after Brain Injury with Autonomous Sensing, Planning, and Cueing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0476
Agency Tracking Number: 07SB2-0196
Amount: $1,199,990.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: SB072-011
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
Attention Control Systems, Inc
650 Castro Street, Suite 120, PMB 197, Mountain View, CA, 94041
DUNS: 808269588
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Levinson
 (650) 494-2002
Business Contact
 Richard Levinson
Title: President
Phone: (650) 494-2002
Research Institution
Our objective is to demonstrate the feasibility and merit of a cognitive aid that monitors the user"s situation to provide cues based on state conditions instead of pre-scheduled cues which are based only on time. We extend a commercially available cognitive aid to use condition-based cues which are responsive to the user"s changing situation. Context-aware cognitive aids which adjust to the user"s situation in real-time may increase therapy effectiveness and user acceptance. During Phase I we developed a prototype of the first cognitive aid that "closes-the-loop" with integrated sensing, activity recognition, planning, and cueing. The user"s location is tracked using GPS and pressure mats and RFID tags are used to detect objects that the user touches. We demonstrated the ability to inhibit pre-scheduled cues which would be out of sync with the user"s situation and to generate contingent cues which are triggered by monitored state conditions rather than being pre-scheduled. We demonstrated these benefits to our medical advisory board which includes VA neuropsychologists. Phase II will focus on extending our prototype and evaluating the system with seven brain injury survivors including case studies with OIF/OEF veterans. We will focus on requirements for scaling beyond our prototype to a commercial product.

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