University of Padova

Applied Neuroscience and Symbiotic Systems


Applied Neuroscience is the scientific discipline devoted to the application of neuroscientific knowledge to evaluate users in real-world tasks and scenarios. Furthermore, it can allow the development of cutting-edge technologies based on a human-centered approach (i.e. considering the individual user’s capabilities, cognitive and physical, needs and expectations).
In the context of Applied Neuroscience and implementation of Symbiotic systems the aim is identifying and eventually exploiting specific implicit metrics related to the Central (e.g. cortical activity) and Autonomous Nervous systems (e.g. electrodermal activity, surface electromyography, heart and respiratory rate, and blood pressure).
Symbiotic systems are tools capable of improving human-machine interaction. These devices support users in accomplish various tasks according to their current state (e.g., level of stress, cognitive load, mental fatigue) as well as the activities complexity themselves.
In order to back up users, these systems modify their functioning whenever they detect a situation of difficulty (e.g. reducing in real-time the complexity of the information provided) rely on both explicit (e.g. users errors) and implicit data.
Furthermore, assessment of self-reported measures (e.g. questionnaire) is considered in HTlab the researches in order to gather comprehensive information regarding also user subjective perception.

Laboratories and Facilities

HT laboratories are equipped with several research technologies, that can be utilized in both laboratory and field settings, such as multi-channel electroencephalograms (also portable devices), amplifiers with various surface electrodes, and wearables devices (e.g., Smart T-Shirts, smart-trackers).

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