Research Studio PCA is developing MinDMAP, a new line of research to measure cognitive attention and optimize learning effectiveness in simulation-based education.

If the training is too complicated, the trainees learn nothing, if it is too simple, they become bored. Thus, the success of a training depends largely on the cognitive attention of the trainees.

The RSA FG starts a strategic cooperation with the project partners Noldus Information Technology BV, the world market leader for software and hardware solutions for behavioral research of animals and humans, and the University of Vienna to develop new training systems.

In the next 20 years, 804,000 new airline pilots will be needed worldwide, who can be trained more efficiently with the help of MinDMAP (Measurement and Interpretation of Data for Monitoring Attentional Processes). The Research Studio PCA builds on its expertise in the field of Aware Systems and Cognitive ICT and is researching a software module that continuously measures mental characteristics such as attention, cognitive load, stress and emotional state.

The application ranges from simple measurements of attention levels to sophisticated multimodal sensor data that provide precise feedback on the perception and distribution of visual attention of, for example, a pilot. In more demanding training situations, such as simulated flight cockpits or ship bridges, it will even be possible to use the output dynamically to adjust the training scenario during the course. Is the task too easy? Summon a storm! Is the mental workload too high? Make the task easier!

Benedikt Gollan, head of the research project and operational head of the Research Studio Pervasive Computing Applications about the new project:

“The MinDMAP project enables us to further develop the promising results into market-ready solutions with strong partners from research projects. We are excited about the applications that will be developed in discussions with customers.”