This year special session will be: Neuroergonomics – fNIRS on the Go, functional Neuroimaging In Realistic/Real-World Settings.

The understanding of the brain functioning and its utilization for real world applications is the next frontier. Existing studies with traditional neuroimaging approaches have accumulated overwhelming knowledge but are limited in scope, i.e. only in artificial lab settings and with simplified parametric tasks. As an interdisciplinary new field, neuroergonomics aims to fill this gap: Understanding the brain in the wild, its activity during unrestricted real-world tasks in everyday life contexts, and its relationship to action, behavior, body, and environment. New generation ultra-portable wearable fNIRS sensors are already positioned to go outside of the lab, but now for continuous measurements over longer periods and less constrained setups.

This session will explore the latest developments in this growing research area, from enabling technologies and methods to emerging field and clinical applications.

Chairs:

Hasan Ayaz & Adrian Curtin, Drexel University

Speakers:

Alexander von Lühmann, NIRX, Enabling Methods: Miniaturized Hardware/Mobile Sensor

Meltem Izzetoglu, Villanova University, Enabling Methods: Signal Processing for fNIRS on the Go

Ranjana Mehta, Texas A&M, Brain Performance: Field Application

Wei-Peng Teo, Singapore National Institute of Education, Brain Health: Clinical application

Hasan Ayaz, Drexel University, Neuroergonomics and Emerging applications for fNIRS

The session will be followed by a panel discussion on the topic

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