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Cognitive Science Colloquium - Ehsan T Esfahani, PhD


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Join us for the next UB Center for Cognitive Science colloquium on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 2pm in Park 280. The featured speaker will be Ehsan T. Esfahani, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University at Buffalo.

Dr. Esfahani's talk, Enhancing the Human-Robot Interaction via Brain Computer Interfaces, will discuss how we live in the ubiquitous presence of robotic systems assisting humans in their day-to-day activities and how the current interaction of human and autonomous agent is still statics which cause the cooperation of human and autonomous agent thus far to fail to reach the expectations. Although robots are used to elevate the human performance, too much assistance from the automation can lead to undesirable upshots such as degraded situational awareness, over-reliance of the humans, and potential loss of skills. Therefore, an adaptive automation strategy is desired to adjust the level of assistance provided to the operator that is commensurate with his level of workload and skills. In this talk, Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI) is introduced as a novel modality to elevate the human-machine cooperation. The integration of this modality to elevate the human-machine applications including robotic assisted surgery, robotic rehabilitations and controlling unmanned aerial vehicles will be demonstrated.