Electroencephalography (EEG) is an electrophysiological monitoring method to record electrical activity of the brain. A great deal of research has already taken place in the world, to demonstrate that activity in different areas of the brain and different frequencies of the EEG signal correspond to different cognitive states of the human operator. Examples of operator state are experiencing high workload, being concentrated, being fatigued etc.
NLR has recently acquired a new EEG recording device and plans to get that device operational for use in (simulator) experiments. Therefore NLR plans to execute small scale experiment in which task difficulty will be varied and a combination of EEG, eye-tracking and heart rate variability (HRV) measured. Both the outcome of the experiments as well as the process of operating the equipment are useful knowledge that will be developed in this internship. During the assignment you will be closely supervised by two R&D engineers.
As an intern you will design and execute a number of these small scale experiments and report about the results. A brief literature survey will be part of the report. Because of the size and ambition of this project it could be that two interns are needed who should work closely together.
Tasks to be foreseen:
- Execute a small literature study
- Design and execute (a) small scale experiment(s) in which cognitive load will be combined with EEG, eye-track and HRV recordings
- Analyse data
- Report, including suggestions for next steps
Present the outcome of the study to the department at NLR. This fulltime internship starts not later than May 1st (earlier is possible) and the duration of this assignment will be 5 to 6 months. We offer an inspiring high-tech aerospace-oriented working environment and an informal culture with room for personal initiative. You will receive a compensation for general expenditures and travel expenses. Your working location will be in Amsterdam.
- Dutch nationality
- Master student in Cognitive Psychology or equivalent
- Interest in the area of measuring the cognitive human
- Good communication skills
- Experience with EEG, eye-tracking and/or HRV is optional
NLR is a leading international research centre for aerospace. Its mission is to make air transport safer, more efficient, more effective and more sustainable. Bolstered by its multidisciplinary expertise and unrivalled research facilities, NLR provides innovative and comprehensive solutions to the complex challenges of the aerospace sector. NLR’s operator performance group has a wide range of both academic and practical knowledge on operator performance and human factors (HF) in complex environments. Operator-in-the-loop studies are performed to measure the manner in which personnel conduct themselves in an operational setting (either simulated or realistic). The assessment includes operator performance aspects such as (crew) workload, (team) situation awareness, usability, visual perception, vigilance, and (eye) fatigue. Data is gathered objectively (e.g. heart rate and eye-tracking) and subjectively (e.g. through interviews, workshops and questionnaires).
For more information, please contact Maykel van Miltenburg, R&D Engineer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 088-5113389.
Send your application, together with you motivation letter and CV, before 17 April 2019 to email@example.com attn. Maykel van Miltenburg. Last interview is expected to take place on 18 or 19 April.
Datum : 09/04/2019
Locatie : Amsterdam
Uren : 40
Opleidingsniveau : Master
Werkniveau : Intership
Achtergrond : Cognitive Psychology or equivalent