MEDULLA: Monitoring Emergent Duress Under Long-Lasting Allostasis

MEDULLA is a Phase 2 SBIR funded by DARPA under Contract #W31P4Q-19-C-0068. The goal of the project is to understand collective allostatic load of small teams in extreme and isolated environments. Our cross-disciplinary approach involves the collection and analysis of social, cognitive, behavioral and physiological measures and utilization of Machine Learning algorithms to better understand and predict behavioral and performance outcomes of small teams. To achieve this goal SIFT is collaborating with Blue Planet Research, the Navy Health Research Center and Ketone Technologies to run four high-tempo lunar surface simulation studies at the HI-SEAS habitat in Hawaii (see images below). More about the study can be found here: https://medulla.sift.net/.
 
As part of this project, SIFT has developed a VR game (“CubeCrusher”) which functions as a social and performance sensor for team collaboration. Please contact the PI Sonja Schmer-Galunder about any questions: sgalunder@sift.net.
 

HI-SEAS habitat in Hawaii

VR equipment and suit for participants in the HI-SEAS habitat studies