Cybernetics is the study of communication and of control within feedback circuits. The Taksha Center for BioCybernetics (TCBC) explores cybernetic technologies that employ real-time information from human physiological signals within closed-loop feedback systems. These neurotechnologies encompass brain/body computer interfaces (BCI), physiologically adaptive systems and biofeedback systems, with applications in adaptive automation, physiological self-regulation training and robot control. The focus is on the “biocybernetic loop” – the closed-loop system that is created when a person’s physiological information modulates the task the person is performing. The strong interdisciplinary nature of TCBC research spans considerable breadth of knowledge, from neuroscience to engineering.
A major segment of TCBC’s focus is the study and development of neurotechnologies for cognitive performance enhancement and clinical biofeedback therapy. Challenges limiting advancement in the field of human-autonomy teaming can also be addressed by applying biocybernetic solutions. TCBC plans a project to develop the design specifications for making biocybernetic interaction pervasive in work and play settings based upon a physiological computing vision of how we may interact with technology in the future.
The TCBC will organize learning opportunities in the form of lectures, seminars, workshops, technology demonstrations and other educational events in such subjects as: physiological sensor technology and the measurement of physiology in the field, biomedical signal processing, machine learning classification, the psychophysiological inference process, and closed-loop neurotechnology design.
Alan Pope, PhD
Formerly of NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC)
TCBC Technical Advisory Council (TAC)