NASA has awarded Charles River AnalyticsÂ a two-year, $750,000 follow-on contract to developÂ a system for the space agency toÂ measure and evaluateÂ astronaut workload.
The company said Monday it will collaborateÂ with Massachusetts General Hospital and Brown University to buildÂ theÂ Cognitive Assessment and Prediction to Promote Individualized Capability Augmentation and Reduce Decrement system for NASA.
Bethany Bracken, a Charles River Analytics scientist, said the CAPT PICARD technology will be builtÂ to alert astronauts or mission control specialists when cognitive readiness declines.
Bracken added the platformÂ will work to helpÂ laboratory scientists and engineers to assess the impact of new tools on astronauts’ task performance and accuracy.
CAPT PICARD is designed to analyzeÂ data from sensors,Â interpret data as indications of human state,Â predict a decline inÂ performance and send the informationÂ to mission controllers or experimenters,Â Charles River Analytics noted.
The company added the system will employÂ CRA’sÂ Sherlock software and hardware platform that supports rapid prototyping ofÂ applications that workÂ toÂ collect, analyze, visualize and provide reason onÂ human physiological, neurological and behavioral states.