Neuroergonomics Webinar #4 - Challenges in Cognitive Neuroergonomics for the coming decades
The webinar #4 Cognitive Neuroergonomics presents fundamental, translational, and applied research across cognitive neuroscience to the human factors of “getting things done”. It is interested in the neural dynamics that support information processing during interaction with technical systems, both in areas of established work and everyday tasks.
What are the Grand Field Challenges for Cognitive Neuroergonomics in the Following Decades?”. Join us to find out.
Date: June 29
Note: all the times provided below are in Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Opening: Lewis Chuang
Challenges in Cognitive Neuroergonomics for the coming decades – Klaus Gramann
Science, Engineering, and Neuroergonomics: Use, Misuse, Disuse, Abuse – Ryan MecKendrick
Monitoring Driver Attention in Semi-automated Vehicles – Carryl Baldwin
Long term ear-EEG in the real world – what does it take? – Martin Bleichner
Human-Exoskeleton Interactions: A Mind-Motor-Machine Investigation – Ranjana Mehta
Summary and farewell: Lewis Chuang
Science, Engineering, and Neuroergonomics: Use, Misuse, Disuse, Abuse
Cognition, Neuroscience and applied psychology have often faced opposition from entrenched practices. At times fields can also be set back by over ambitious claims made by their predecessors. Further, an applied science must demonstrate its value relative to other applied sciences. In 2021 and the foreseeable future, one can’t escape the zeitgeist of AI/ML technologies. Currently, Neuroergonomics faces all of these challenges if it wishes to be adopted as a mainstream scientific and engineering practice. Here, I will describe these challenges and associated criticisms of Neuroergonomic practice and present recent research addressing method generalizability, diagnosticity, and interpretability within teaming, trust and performance paradigms. These results, shall suggest opportunities and future advancements to increase the use of Neuroergonomic methods.
Monitoring Driver Attention in Semi-automated Vehicles
Driving automation systems are increasingly prevalent. Unfortunately, drivers still lack objective knowledge of their capabilities and limitations. Neuroergonomics methods of driver monitoring have the potential to enhance both training and attention management in modern vehicles.
Long term ear-EEG in the real world – what does it take?
I will talk about the benefits of long term (ear) EEG in everyday life. What is there for us to explore? What are the pitfalls of the wide availability of mobile EEG systems? What are the challenges of leaving the controlled lab environment behind us? As an example on how to approach these challenges, I will present my setup of combining ear-EEG with smartphone based audio analysis. Towards a mobile auditory neuroscience.
Human-Exoskeleton Interactions: A Mind-Motor-Machine Investigation
Every human (re)action with work systems is orchestrated by an integrated effort between the human’s mind (and brain) and motor interactions. By shedding light on the brain, using optical brain imaging techniques, basic research in our lab has advanced knowledge of human neuromuscular functioning, particularly under stress, and in underserved populations. These efforts provide the foundation for our applied research and technology development efforts that focus on augmenting and supporting embodied cognition through equitable multimodal interface designs, wearable technologies such as exoskeletons, fluent and trustworthy human-robotic interactions, brain-computer interfaces, and neurostimulation. The seminar will examine the mind-motor-machine nexus to understand, quantify, and predict human performance when interacting with industrial exoskeletons.