BrainAid conducts cutting edge interdisciplinary research combining artificial intelligence(AI), neuropsychology, and consumer electronics in the application of automated task planning and execution to improve people’s lives. The needs of individuals with memory impairments are growing. We are currently participating in four funded research proposals. We are interested in collaborating with clinicians and academic researchers. Those interested in collaborations and licensing PEAT for research projects can contact us at info@brainaid.com.


 

“Efficacy of A Custom-Fitting Cognitive Orthotic with Automatic Planning and Cueing Assistance.”
Goal blankspace5_courier12 Dr. Jeffery Englander P.I., Tamara Bushnik, Co-P.I., Richard Levinson was Co-Project Manager, Co-Author, NIDRR-funded grant(2004-2008) This clinical trial at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, CA included with more than 90 subjects, primarily with brain injury and stroke, as been completed with positive results which are currently awaiting publication.
Funding National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research(NIDRR Contract H133G040145)
Status Complete
Results Over time, participants receiving the PEAT intervention showed improvements, at 3 and 6 months, in depressive symptomatology, cognitive functioning and social integration, disability, basic living skills, activities of daily living (ADL), and supervision needs. Additional improvements were noted with regard to life satisfaction between baseline and 6 months. Overall there appears to be a definite benefit of cognitive intervention for those who participated in this study. Both [the control and intervention] groups experienced similar improvements overtime except with regard to ADLs; individuals in the PEAT group appeared to be doing better than the controls at 3 and 6 months as measured by the M2PI.
Article Unpublished Manuscript - Click here to read the full journal article about this clinical trial which was submitted for the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation but never published because it included subjects who had other cognitive disorders besides brain injury such as stroke and MS.



“Increasing Independence after Brain Injury with Autonomous Sensing, Planning and Cueing”
Goal blankspace5_courier12 This study was performed at the Palo Alto VA. Veterans and their families evaluated the PEAT smartphone application including a sensor system in their home. The goal is to provide more effective cues based on actual activities as monitored by home and locations sensing.
Funding Funded by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II Proposal # D2-0742 under Contract # W31P4Q-08-C-0170
Status Completed December 2013



“A Conversational Independent Living Assistant for Cognitive Impairments”

Goal blankspace5_courier12 This study is also being conducted at the Palo Alto VA. Six veterans with a diagnosis of PTSD are evaluating the PEAT smartphone system application with a conversational assistant including the sensor system and biosensors to assist them with their therapeutic goals. Biosensors are monitoring the participants state as a method of assisting them to self identify PTSD inducing situations in the community and apply theraputic interventions as practiced in a clinical setting.
Funding Funded by Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC). This work is supported by the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command under Contract No. W81XWH-08-C-0740.
Status Completed February 2014.

 

“Neuropsychology Assessment and Intervention (NPI) Clinic CRATER Therapy and Cognitive Prosthetic (PEAT) Study”
Goal blankspace5_courier12 Richard Levinson, Technical P.I. , Dr. Harriet Zeiner, Medical PI, Professor Henry Kautz, Technical Co-PI, Actigraph Sleep/Wake Regularization Pilot of sixty participants wearing wrist monitor that measures sleep/wake cycle for one week prior to being trained with standard clinical therapy on the standard PEAT cognitive prosthetic and 8 weeks later wear the device again for one week. This is to see if the clinical intent of the device- to remind participants with memory issues to have a regular sleep/wake cycle and eat at regular times- is actually occurring.
Funding Self funded
Status In progress.

“PEAT Communication Scheduler for Autism”
Goal blankspace5_courier12 This study was completed in Dec. 2012. Four students with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other intellectual disabilities and their families, teachers and classroom aides are evaluating the PEAT Smartphone application in the classroom at Pacific Autism Center for Education. Many people with Autism Spectrum disorders or Intellectual Disabilities have difficulty remembering their schedules, require cueing from others in order to complete tasks such as school work and require supervision when traveling within their community. They also have trouble communicating quickly and effectively which sometimes leads to disruptive behaviors. This study will test whether using PEAT will provide them with an effective task cueing, and a location or task dependent communication system.
Funding Funded by US Department of Education (SBIR) Phase I under Contract # ED-IES-12-C-0047
Status Completed Dec. 2012 We demonstrated that students with moderate to severe autism can understand, operate and benefit from PEAT. Technical improvements to PEAT included the addition of key software extension including;

  • Context aware Augmentative Assistive Communication (AAC) device – The ability to specify vocabulary (a grid of picture buttons which play sounds when pressed) which can automatically be displayed when the user begins or ends an activity or when the change location.
  • PEAT Partner – The ability to wirelessly pass data between the student aide’s device and the student’s device. This will be used by the student aide to automatically update the student’s schedule each morning and throughout the day. Please see Appendix A for screenshots of our Peat Partner website.
  • Popup messages – The ability to display “pop up” messages every few minutes to remind students about expected behavior.
  • Popup surveys and decision trees – The ability to display “pop up” surveys for the student or student aide to evaluate progress completing activities and behaviors. The surveys may pop up every few minutes, or they may be set up to pop up at the beginning or end of different activities, prompting the student or aide to rate performance on the activity. Follow up questions are provided based on survey answers.
  • Website for data collection and data visualization (charts, etc.). We have developed an initial website which can send and receive data from any PEAT device. This is used to pass schedule data between the aide and the student (part of the PEAT Partner feature discussed above). It is also used send the Popup surveys data discussed above from the android devices to the website where it may be reviewed by other team members and visualized via on-line charges.


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