Machine Detection of Operationally Significant Cognitive Events for C4ISR

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: DAAH0103CR058
Agency Tracking Number: 02SB2-0267
Amount: $92,598.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Erica, Inc.
100 2nd St. NW, Charlottesville, VA, 22902
DUNS: 125223086
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Lankford
 Chief Technology Officer
 (434) 296-3846
 chris@ericainc.com
Business Contact
 Christopher Lankford
Title: Chief Technology Officer
Phone: (434) 296-3846
Email: info@ericainc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"The interface between human and machine has classically been one-sided. Humans command machines with little assistance offered by the machine besides feedback regarding current status of the command execution. With recent advances in computational powerand analytical techniques, a more collaborative relationship between the machine and its user can occur. This relationship would be particularly helpful in areas where vigilance and situational awareness of a human operator are necessary for successfultask completion. A machine capable of detecting cognitively significant events would determine when military personnel are incapacitated or overloaded due to a high stress level associated with their duties. It would then take action when this situationoccurs. This project will establish that these operationally significant cognitive events can be captured in an autonomous fashion through the use of an eye-tracking system. This will involve conducting a laboratory experiment closely analogous to areal-world military situation to show that cognitive events can be detected in a statistically significant fashion through eye movement variables, such as scan path, pupil dilation, and eye blink frequency measures. Completion of this SBIR would result ina device that represents one of the first examples of the successful application of ubiquitous computing technology in a real-world environment. This technology could readily be applied to many o

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