Neurological Head Simulator for In-the-Field EEG Recordings

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$69,754.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
W911QX-11-C-0038
Solitcitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
2011
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
A102-066-1412
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10-066
Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
072021041
Principal Investigator
 David Kynor
 Principal Investigator
 (603) 643-3800
 dbk@creare.com
Business Contact
 James Barry
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Email: contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Neuroscience is rapidly expanding beyond its traditional role in the clinic to a practical method of evaluating cognitive performance in the field. The transition of clinical neuroscience tools into operational environments is of particular interest to the military due to the need for soldiers to perform increasingly complex tasks under extremely difficult conditions. Successful transition into operational environments hinges on the ability to obtain high quality electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings in the presence of electromagnetic interference (EMI) and other physiologic artifacts in a manner that is comfortable and compatible with personal protective equipment. Quantitative analysis of EEG can be used to determine concentration, fatigue, and excessive workload provided that sufficiently high quality, artifact-free signals can be recorded. The adverse nature of the environment, combined with the relatively low amplitude of EEG signals, motivates the use of realistic EEG phantoms to evaluate different recording systems, signal processing methodologies, and the impact of environmental conditions before collection of operational recordings from soldiers. This project aims to develop a head phantom capable of providing realistic EEG recordings in a wide variety of operational conditions.

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