Task Cognitive Assessment and Prediction to Promote Individualized Capability Augmentation and Reduce Decrement
Last Published:  07/31/19 10:05:33 AM (Central)
Short Title: CAPT PICARD - SBIR2
Responsible HRP Element: Human Factors and Behavioral Performance
Collaborating Org(s):
Behavioral Health & Performance (BHP) Element
Funding Status: Active - Currently funded and in progress
Procurement Mechanism(s):

Task design and related hardware and software impose cognitive and physical demands on an operator, and thus drive the workload associated with a task. Astronauts on long-duration missions will potentially have long periods of low workload and short bursts of high workload combined with reduced workload capacity that need to be taken into account for system and mission design. Both high task demand and reduced workload capacity at any phase of a flight may lead to performance errors, which could potentially compromise mission objectives, and consequently the mission. An unobtrusive workload tool is needed during system development to ensure that the use of the system is associated with acceptable workload, as well as during real-time use of systems, to drive schedule modifications or to adapt interfaces based on the current workload the astronaut is experiencing.

  1. Based on the current state of the art and recommendations from the Phase1 effort develop a workload tool prototype to measure, assess, and predict astronaut workload unobtrusively.
  2. Test and validate the tool. The technology should also be predictive of astronaut workload during long-duration operations.

The task will contribute to gap closure by providing an unobtrusive workload measurement tool for long-duration missions.