The human as a sensor: the future of wearable technology

Department of Defence has funded two projects focused on using speech and other human behaviours as markers of brain health.

Prof Adam Vogel’s team is exploring how stress (either biological or cognitive) impacts someone’s performance by tapping into subtle changes in speech and language.

The Research Network for Undersea Decision Superiority (RN-UDS) program, funded by the Australian Navy, is examining the impact of stress on speech and voice in healthy people and people who are vulnerable to stress. The project aims to deliver a sensitive stress monitoring biometric speech algorithm with potential use in a submariner context.

The second program of work, Human Integrated Sensor System (HISS), is run in conjunction with Prof Peter Lee and Prof David Ackland from the Faculty of Engineering and IT and Dr Jason Forte from the School of Psychological Sciences, and lead by Prof Mark Hutchinson from The University of Adelaide. This project is examining the impact of biological agents on performance by exploring the role of flu vaccination on movement, cognition, vision, and speech. The work is funded by the Department of Defence’s Operating in Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Environments STaR Shot program and delivered through Health Security Systems Australia.