The BMS Lab has been heavily involved over the past couple of years in the development of Brain Computer Interfaces in the BCI testbed project. These interfaces form a link between one’s brain and a computer. One of the goals of this project was to find scalable and cost effective ways to monitor mental workload. The idea being that a too high mental workload over a prolonged period of time will negatively influence workers. Especially in high pressure environments where keeping a clear head is crucial. A collaboration of Thales Nederland B.V., Artinis Medical Systems M.V., ANT International B.V, Noldus Information Technologies B.V. and the University of Twente is now starting a follow-up project titled ALERT.
The new project will focus on developing a plug and play device that can be implemented in environments like the control rooms of the military of emergency services or in education. These boxes will be tasked with monitoring the alertness and mental workload of its users and to intervene at certain times. For the control rooms the product’s use will be to prevent ineffective operators due to a workload that is too high. In education on the other hand, the goal is to monitor alertness and workload of students to optimize online and offline education.
This project is only possible thanks to the European Union’s subsidy from the operational program for regional development in the provinces Overijssel and Gelderland. The total project is valued at 4.1 million Euros of which 0.8 million Euros is for the University of Twente’s participation.