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Jean Vettel: Army Research Lab Technology Seeks to Detect Battlefield Threats Via Brain Waves

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Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have demonstrated a headgear equipped with electroencephalography sensors they designed to detect threats on the battlefield via the wearer’s brain waves, the Army said May 18.

Dr. Jean Vettel, a neuroscientist at the research lab, said the brain wave detection technology could be used by soldiers to tag threatening images from a collection of digital pictures captured by robotic assets on the battlefield without clicking a button or saying a word, C. Todd Lopez writes.

“And then when we have images labeled, we can take those images and give it to a machine learning algorithm that can learn to distinguish between threatening or non-threatening images,” Vettel said at the Defense Department Lab Day event May 14.

“What we are interested in doing is recording ongoing brain dynamics so we can have technology adapt to our soldiers,” she added.

Vettel told the Army website she expects the technology to benefit less-experienced and sleep-deprived servicemen over the next two decades.

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