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Special Session
Special Session on
Assessing Human Cognitive State in Real-World Environments
 - Real 2018

19 - 21 January, 2018 - Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Within the 11th International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing - BIOSIGNALS 2018


Bethany Bracken
Socio-Cognitive Systems, Charles River Analytics Inc.
United States

Brief Bio
Bethany Bracken is a Principal Scientist at Charles River Analytics. At Charles River, she currently works on projects using neurophysiological and physiological sensing methods to assess human states such as stress, focused attention, and cognitive workload and to predict upcoming performance deficits to allow time to enact augmentation strategies to optimize that performance. Dr. Bracken has a B.S. in Psychology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Brandeis University. Before joining Charles River Analytics, Dr. Bracken completed a postdoctoral fellowship, quickly followed with a promotion to the faculty level, in the Department of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School.


It is relatively simple to assess human cognitive states such as workload, vigilance, and situational awareness using behavioral, physiological, and neurophysiological measures (e.g., functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), eye tracking, electroencephalography (EEG)) when individuals are seated. As sensors become more ubiquitous, people are attempting to use them outside the lab during typical activities (e.g., during high fidelity training, in the cockpit in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ground control stations). However, methods to assess cognitive workload during normal activities are only recently emerging (Izzetoglu et al., 2011, McKendrick et al., 2016, Bracken et al., 2017). During this special session, we will present several projects aimed at adapting laboratory-based methods to assess human states of interest while people go about typical daily activities.

• Using functional near infrared spectroscopy to assess cognitive performance of UAV sensor operators;
• Using functional near-infrared spectroscopy for evaluation of mental workload and training;
• Measuring immersion in experiences with biosensors.


Paper Submission: November 7, 2017 (expired)
Authors Notification: November 23, 2017 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: November 29, 2017 (expired)


Kurtulus Izzetoglu, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems, Drexel University, United States
Calvin Leather, Charles River Analytics Inc., United States
Paul Zak, Center for Neuroeconomics Studies, Claremont Graduate University, United States


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
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After thorough reviewing by the special session program committee, all accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on digital support - and submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI/ISI), DBLP, EI (Elsevier Engineering Village Index), Scopus, Google Scholar, Semantic Scholar, and Microsoft Academic.
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All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library


BIOSIGNALS Special Sessions - Real 2018