Military Embedded Systems

DCS, consortium to expand computational neuroscience research for Army


March 07, 2017

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

ALEXANDRIA, Va. A consortium of enterprises led by DCS Corp. has been awarded a $15 million ceiling increase to the Cognition and Neuroergonomics Collaborative Technology Alliance (CaN CTA) cooperative agreement aimed at expanding research into computational neuroscience for the U.S. Army. The recent increase brings the total potential value of the cooperative agreement to $65 million; in addition, DCS is also the prime contractor on the companion contract for technology transition, with a potential total value of $80 million.

The CaN CTA program, launched in 2010, seeks to develop and demonstrate fundamental translational principles that govern the application of neuroscience-based research and theory to complex operational settings in the military.

With this research, DCS seeks to contribute to the advancement of wearable mobile-sensing technology for troops; development of engineering and system architectures for data acquisition and storage; and development of signal-processing, statistical-analysis, and machine-learning techniques used to explore and exploit neurophysiological data streams.

Under the cooperative agreement, DCS leads a team composed of 14 academic institutions and three industry partners; the academic partners include such prominent U.S. research institutions  as University of California - San Diego, Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University, and University of Pennsylvania, along with learning institutions in three other countries. The consortium's industry partners include two startups that were created by researchers from the CTA and DCS.


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