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Traumatic Brain Injury Systems

The Challenge Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a common injury (some call it the ‘signature’ injury) in the Global War on Terrorism suffered by our armed forces. Alarmingly, 59% of patients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center who were involved in a blast have been given a diagnosis of TBI (Okie, 2008). The increase in treatment… Continue reading Traumatic Brain Injury Systems

Self-Aware Processing Interface & Engine (SAPIEN)

The Challenge Enabling system designers to intelligently optimize their systems, using machine learning, towards a specific goal. The Approach SAPIEN provides the tools to add self-awareness for optimization to systems that monitor their performance by building models of this performance, then suggesting new configurations likely to improve this performance, continually learning.  SAPIEN combines fast, industrial-strength… Continue reading Self-Aware Processing Interface & Engine (SAPIEN)

PTSD Classification System

The Challenge Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the most prevalent mental disorder arising from combat (Department of Veterans Affairs, 2004), but it also strikes personnel in peacekeeping missions, emergency terrorism responses, accidents, and sexual trauma. The Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs presently face the challenge of prospectively building on past lessons… Continue reading PTSD Classification System

Project NIU

The Challenge Project Niu is an educational curriculum and accompanying package of hardware and software that combines science, technology, and environmental stewardship for hands-on, project-based exploration into the sources and widespread consequences of marine debris. The Approach Project Niu educates K-12 students in multidisciplinary studies that combine: Environmental stewardship (namely marine debris), and Science, technology,… Continue reading Project NIU

Intelligent FPGA Design

The Challenge Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) are rapidly becoming a common platform for providing specific high-speed processing for DoD applications.  The re-programmable nature and high performance capabilities (versus traditional embedded processors) of this customizable technology make it desirable for real-time processing during prototype development without the long fabrication time required for custom circuitries. Our… Continue reading Intelligent FPGA Design

GLOC & ALOC Prediction

The Challenge Gravity-induced loss of consciousness (GLOC) and almost loss of consciousness (ALOC) are and will continue to be significant problems in the operation of high-performance aircrafts. As aircraft maneuverability and speed improves with developments in technology, the incidence of GLOC and ALOC will only increase. The need for an effective system to predict GLOC… Continue reading GLOC & ALOC Prediction

Fatigue Detection

The Challenge Fatigue can be a common part of life for a warfighter, something that leads to significant safety risks. When sleep is restricted, complicated tasks requiring problem solving, decision-making, or sustained vigilance are compromised. Additionally, short-term exposure to stress may result in cognitive effects such as narrowed attention, decreased search behavior, longer reaction time… Continue reading Fatigue Detection

Eye-Brain Interfaces

The Challenge Machine vision algorithms have over the past two decades become quite sophisticated, except when they are not sure of what they’re looking for. This presents several challenges:   determining whether the unknown is a grappling feature on a satellite in space or an anomalous feature on the underside of a ship or a… Continue reading Eye-Brain Interfaces

Brain Machine Interface

The Challenge Imagine waking up one day and not being able to move any part of your body. You try to call for help but discover you cannot speak. You attempt to look around the room to see if anyone is nearby, but your eyes won’t move either. Your mind is working perfectly, but you… Continue reading Brain Machine Interface