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Facilities and Resources

APL has multiple facilities that support research and development activities in applied neuroscience, including professional-grade machine shops, microelectronics laboratories, computing clusters, microfabrication and circuit fabrication facilities, and computer-aided design/computer-aided engineering (CAD/CAE) facilities. A brief description of some of our core facilities and physical resources appears below.

Neurophysiology Research Laboratory

The Neurophysiology Research Laboratory comprises a suite of rooms for performing human subject research involving neural and physiological monitoring. This 1,200-square-foot facility includes:

  • Dedicated intake and consenting rooms
  • Two neurophysiological testing rooms, each configured for use by up to two participants
  • Four BioSemi ActiveTwo neurophysiological monitoring systems configured for recording 32 channels of electroencephalography, two channels of electrocardiography, four channels of electrooculography, and one channel of electrodermal activity
  • A control center with access to data and video feeds from both testing rooms
  • A wet lab with tabletop centrifuges, a –80°C freezer, and various fluid-handling equipment
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Brain Computer Interface Test Station

The Brain Computer Interface Test Station is a 200-square-foot facility configured for use by a single participant and an experimenter. The room is equipped with a 128-channel BioSemi ActiveTwo electroencephalography system and a Cedrus Stimtracker with four photodiode inputs, two audio inputs, and six generic digital inputs.

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Neurotechnology Prototyping Laboratory

The Neurotechnology Prototyping Laboratory is a 350-square-foot research and development facility that is used for prototyping novel brain–computer interfaces and other neurotechnologies. Available laboratory equipment includes:

  • 32-channel BioSemi ActiveTwo electroencephalography system
  • 8-channel wearable g.Tec g.MOBIlab+ electroencephalography system
  • 24-channel Advanced Brain Monitoring B-Alert X24 electroencephalography system
  • Cedrus Stimtracker
  • SR Research EyeLink 1000 eye-tracking system
  • Arrington Research ViewPoint EyeTracker GigE-60 portable eye-tracking system
  • NIRx NIRScout functional infrared neuroimaging system
  • Various consumer-grade electroencephalography systems (Emotiv EPOC, Neurosky Mindset, etc.)
  • CYBERMIND Visette45ST SXGA 3D with InertiaCube3 head-mounted display
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Neuroscience Computing Cluster

The Neuroscience Computing Cluster resides in a 200-square-foot facility with fiber-optic network connectivity and a dedicated cooling system. The cluster itself comprises 256 computing cores, one terabyte of RAM, and multiple terabytes of redundant storage. The Linux-based CentOS operating system is used in conjunction with a Sun Grid Engine to distribute jobs across the available computing resources.

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Human Dynamics Center

The 1,600-square-foot Human Dynamics Center (HDC) comprises two related laboratories and their common support facilities. The HDC is designed to support the study of human social processes at various levels, from an overview of the activities of a large team of participants in the Teamwork & Social Dynamics Laboratory to the internal neurological processes of individual participants in the Psychophysiology Laboratory. Available laboratory equipment includes:

  • BIOPAC MP150 Psychophysiological Measurement System, including:
    • Galvanic skin response (GSR) amplifier
    • Electrooculogram (EOG) amplifier
    • Electromyogram (EMG) amplifier
    • 3-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) amplifier
    • Pulse plethysmogram amplifier
    • Respiration amplifier
  • SMI RED-m eye tracker/pupilometer
  • B-Alert mobile 10-channel wireless electroencephalography (EEG) headset
  • Two Embla N7000 60-channel polysomnography systems, including:
    • 32-channel EEG
    • 8 bipolar channels for ECGs, EMGs, and pulse oximetry
  • Two VivoMetrics Instrumented LifeShirt systems, including:
    • 3-lead ECG
    • 3-axis accelerometer
    • Dual-band respiratory inductance plethysmography
    • GSR
  • TechEn CW6 8-channel near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) system

In addition to the two laboratories, the HDC includes a common Experiment Control Room, a reception and briefing area, and two informed consent/behavioral testing rooms.

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