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Brain Activity Measured with fNIRS for the Prediction of Cognitive Workload

Unni, Anirudh and Ihme, Klas and Surm, Henrik and Weber, Lars and Lüdtke, Andreas and Nicklas, Daniela and Jipp, Meike and Rieger, Jochem (2015) Brain Activity Measured with fNIRS for the Prediction of Cognitive Workload. In: IEEE Conference on Cognitive Infocommunications. 6th IEEE Conference on Cognitive Infocommunications, 19.-21. Oktober, Györ, Ungarn.

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Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) is a versatile imagining modality whose popularity is increasing exponentially in the neuroimaging society. Our research attempts to quantify workload in a natural driving scenario with multiple parallel tasks using fNIRS. Nine young adults participated in this study where they drove in a driving simulator for a period of 100 minutes while we continuously recorded fNIRS data. We used an n-back task to induce different workload levels forcing the participants to remember the previous one, two, three or four speed signs and adjust their speed accordingly while they interact with traffic in the virtual reality driving simulator scenario. Our results indicate that measuring the hemodynamic responses from the bilateral prefrontal cortex (PFC) can be used reliably to quantify cognitive workload levels even in more complex naturalistic tasks.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/99875/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Brain Activity Measured with fNIRS for the Prediction of Cognitive Workload
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Unni, AnirudhUniversität OldenburgUNSPECIFIED
Surm, HenrikUniversität OldenburgUNSPECIFIED
Nicklas, DanielaBambergUNSPECIFIED
Jipp, MeikeMeike.Jipp (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Rieger, JochemUniversität OldenburgUNSPECIFIED
Date:21 October 2015
Journal or Publication Title:IEEE Conference on Cognitive Infocommunications
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Workload Assessment; Brain-Computer Interfaces; Driver Modeling
Event Title:6th IEEE Conference on Cognitive Infocommunications
Event Location:Györ, Ungarn
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:19.-21. Oktober
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Terrestrial Vehicles (old)
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V BF - Bodengebundene Fahrzeuge
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Fahrzeugintelligenz (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transportation Systems > Human Factors
Deposited By: Ihme, Klas
Deposited On:14 Dec 2015 15:24
Last Modified:14 Dec 2015 15:24

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