Soldier as a Sensor - Researchers Believe Capturing, Processing Brainwaves Will Better Enable Soldiers

Soldier as a Sensor - Researchers Believe Capturing, Processing Brainwaves Will Better Enable Soldiers image
June 11, 2015 | Source: www.army.mil

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, May 18, 2015) -- Brainwave detection may one day make it easier for Army researchers to train computers to detect threats captured in digital images of the battlefield.

Jean Vettel, Ph.D., a neuroscientist with the Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, was wearing headgear lined with brain wave-sensing EEG, or "electroencephalography" sensors, May 14, in the Pentagon courtyard as part of the display she manned at DOD Lab Day there.

She confirmed almost immediately that, in at least her part of the Army, researchers were not working on how Soldiers might one day control a combat vehicle or helicopter using only their brains.

"Evolution has evolved our hands to be very effective in doing that task," she said. "So we are substantially slower and less accurate if we use brain signals - for a healthy individual - to do that task."

What she and the translational neuroscience branch are working on, however, is just as interesting, if not more practical.

"What we are interested in doing is recording ongoing brain dynamics so we can have technology adapt to our Soldiers," she said.

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