Seminar - Fatigue Mitigation Technologies for Space Operations and Beyond
Date: May 11, 2012
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, Room: 120
Rachel Bartels, MS
Pulsar Informatics, Inc.
Fatigue from inadequate sleep and circadian misalignment, common in 24-7 operational environments, contributes to increased risk of accidents caused by human error due to fatigue related performance impairments. The mitigation of fatigue related risk requires real-time, objective measurement of performance capability and the application of fatigue countermeasures. Pulsar Informatics develops state-of-the-art technology for assessing behavioral alertness in research and operational settings. My presentation will discuss Pulsarís contribution to 1) a 520-day simulated human mission to Mars, 2) a NASA funded study to assess the cognitive performance of astronauts aboard the International Space Station, 3) a research study to determine the influence of hypnotics on astronaut performance during space operations, and 4) the development of a fatigue risk management system for long-haul trucking operations to improve safety on the road.
Rachel Bartels, MS, is a graduate of the BS/MS program in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University (2010). Ms. Bartels is currently Project Manager for all research and customer ventures at Pulsar Informatics Inc, a research engineering company, located at the Philadelphia Science Center. Pulsar Informatics focuses on the development of systems to deliver fatigue countermeasures to help individuals and organizations achieve peak performance and reduce risk of fatigue-related human error in high risk 24-7 operational domains.
The Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building is located on the northeast corner of 33rd and Chestnut Streets.