XHAB TIM Questions

General Questions

Q: In the "evaluation" section of the RFP, under the "mandatory logistics" section, are those items (e.g. Identify NASA Technical Expert, etc.) the responsibility of the reviewer, not proposer?

A: The “mandatory logistics” portion refers to items that will be decided by the university teams once the team is selected, as part of the evaluation criteria. They are not required in the proposal. “Identify NASA Technical Expert” will of course be a joint effort on the part of the university team and NASA, to find an appropriate set of domain experts to follow the progress and mentor the university team.

 

Q: Should the proposed budget include travel costs for making a prototype presentation at the appropriate NASA center?

A: Yes, selected teams are responsible for all costs associated with their duties as outlined in the solicitation.

 

Q: Will faculty from non-ABET departments at ABET accredited institutions be considered for this project?

A: Proposals will be accepted only from faculty members who currently teach an ABET accredited design course. There are no restrictions in the solicitation that would prohibit faculty members who are not currently teaching an ABET accredited design course from partnering on a proposed effort.

 

Q: Can arrangements be made to include a “sponsoring” ABET accredited department along with the proposal (e.g., by cross-listing the associated course; supervision by faculty from an accredited department, etc.)?

A: Collaborative teams must be led by a faculty member who currently teaches an ABET accredited design course. The students enrolled in this design course must be active participants in the effort. The team can be comprised of students and or faculty members from multiple courses, multiple departments, and or multiple institutions, which may or may not all be ABET accredited. The entire team must use a systems engineering approach.

 

Q: Are multi-disciplinary proposals considered or scored any differently from proposals that originate directly from ABET accredited institutions?

A: All proposals must be led by a faculty member who currently teaches an ABET design course. Multi-disciplinary, multi-departmental and/or multi-institutional teaming collaborations are highly encouraged. They will be scored the same as single disciplinary, single institutional proposals.

 

Q: If selected, are there additional requirements for the project team and/or PI if some students or faculty are not directly associated with an ABET accredited department (e.g., students from neuroscience, psychology, etc.)? If so, will these requirements pose any additional time constraints for meeting project deadlines?

A: All teams must use a systems engineering approach.

 

Project Title: Brain Computer Interface (BCI) for automated workload task analysis

Q: Is the scope of this project strictly limited to EEG signals?

A: Innovation is encouraged in X-Hab projects, so there is no intention of limiting or discriminating proposals based on current state of the art approaches.

 

Q: Will consideration be given to projects that incorporate biofeedback from multiple physiological sources, such as EKG and voice analysis?

A: Innovation is encouraged in X-Hab projects, so there is no intention of limiting or discriminating proposals based on current state of the art approaches.

 

Q: Will projects that include multi-modal biofeedback be considered or scored differently from those that maintain strict adherence to EEG signal analysis?

A: Innovation is encouraged in X-Hab projects, so there is no intention of limiting or discriminating proposals based on current state of the art approaches.

 

Q: What, if any, are the limitations for choosing hardware and software tools to complete this project?

A: Any project approach that fits within the budget provided by Xhab grant funding and any externally leveraged resources will be acceptable. Since the X-Hab challenge encourages innovation from university teams, there are not pre-conceived expectations for how the projects are to be executed.

 

Q: Are proposals that incorporate open-source hardware and software considered or scored differently from those that incorporate proprietary technologies?

A: Any project approach that fits within the budget provided by Xhab grant funding and any externally leveraged resources will be acceptable. Since the X-Hab challenge encourages innovation from university teams, there are not pre-conceived expectations for how the projects are to be executed.

 

Q: Are there specific expectations regarding the use of technologies developed by previous government sponsored research (e.g., technologies already in use by NASA)?

A: Any project approach that fits within the budget provided by Xhab grant funding and any externally leveraged resources will be acceptable. Since the X-Hab challenge encourages innovation from university teams, there are not pre-conceived expectations for how the projects are to be executed.

 

Q: Will there be opportunity to solicit advice and/or materials from other NASA funded research related to BCI technologies? For example, if an integrated software design has already been developed, will there be mechanisms to access that information?

A: Any project approach that fits within the budget provided by Xhab grant funding and any externally leveraged resources will be acceptable. Since the X-Hab challenge encourages innovation from university teams, there are not pre-conceived expectations for how the projects are to be executed.

 

Q: Are there specific criteria for evaluating task difficulty and workload? For example, are projects that adhere to the NASA Task Load Index (NASATLX) given different consideration from projects that use other metrics (e.g., clinical norms for stress, attention, stimulus feature selection)?

A: Since the Xhab challenge’s focus is to encourage creativity and innovation, adhering to NASA standards at this point may be at cross purposes with the intent of innovation. However, the proposal should include relevance of NASA standards within its context to convey the intent of the proposal.

 

Q: Are there specific tasks on which the BCI outputs should be focused; for example, should task design be developed from current NASA standards (if so, which standards?), extrapolated from tasks associated with prior X-Hab project designs, from standard psychophysiological and clinical protocols, or from some other source?

A: Since the Xhab challenge’s focus is to encourage creativity and innovation, adhering to NASA standards at this point may be at cross purposes with the intent of innovation. However, the proposal should include relevance of NASA standards within its context to convey the intent of the proposal.

 

Q: Should the selection of hardware and other technologies conform to constraints imposed by the habitat environment (e.g., power source limitations, wifi/Bluetooth connectivity, etc.)?

A: These projects are not being integrated into one overall habitat testbed with pre-defined interfaces, so use of commercial products is encouraged. Further details of project implementation can be worked during project execution with NASA points of contact for each project.

 

The following questions have been groups together and have a common answer.

Q: What type of tasks do you want that BCI to do?

Q: What will be the range?

Q: How many different systems you want it to operate and in what manner?

Q: Do you need the place to be completely automated?

Q: Is there some specific equipment or software that you want us to implement in that?

A: Since the X-Hab challenge encourages innovation from university teams, there are no pre-conceived expectations for the project except those that are specifically outlined in the project description.

 

Project Title: RF Power Harvesting for Battery Charging

The following questions have been groups together and have a common answer

Q: How much percentage of total power consumption you want these batteries to produce?

Q: What will be the size of the batteries as well as the charger?

Q: How fast you want the battery to get charged?

Q: How much distance you want between battery and charger?

Q: What will be the max temperature?

Q: Do you want us to control the temp of the charger as well as the battery?

A: Since the X-Hab challenge encourages innovation from university teams, there are no pre-conceived expectations for the project except those that are specifically outlined in the project description.