brain-computer interface development
Human Interfaces Engineer Intern
Avionics Divison, Johnson Space Center, NASA
My job at the Johnson Space Center is to manage automation using brain-computer interface technology by assessing and demonstrating prototype/testbed BCI systems that determines the mental workload being exerted by an individual during any task (engaged or not engaged). Exploration systems of the future will incorporate considerable levels of automation that crew members will need to interact with during their normal work assignments. Typically, if an individual is overloaded, then mental confusion can occur. Furthermore, if an individual is not provided with enough work to perform/track, they may become disinterested / bored and not perform the task to their best ability or disengage from the task. Finding the right blend of human control and automation for task completion will be critically important in future Exploration systems.