Global Nominee

Cerebian received a Global Nomination.

Space Station

Out-of-this-world fashion with function: clothing or accessories for earth or space wear!

Every space traveler – even the robotic ones – should feel? their very best during the journey, infused with the very best data and technology available. Earthlings can follow suit. Design a space data-tech-fashion wearable in the form of clothing or accessories that will collect or distribute data and technology in the following categories:

Design for Interconnectivity (staying more connected to team, community, and tools)

  • enhance the work/life experience of humans and/or capabilities of robots  

Design for Health (biometrics, physical and emotional health, and/or environmental alerts)

  • maintain or improve the health and well-being of the human
  • provide early warning for unhealthy environmental factors (air quality, radiation, outgassing, temperature)

Design for Entertainment (sights, sounds, music, activity)

  • enhance the human experience whether during work or play

With sleep being of paramount importance to performance in a mission critical setting; NASA plans to understand spaceflight environment, what factors play a role in affecting an astronaut’s circadian rhythm and how an astronaut perceives that lack of sleep in a spaceflight environment.

"Human travelers to Mars will experience unprecedented physiological and psychological challenges that could lead to significant health & performance decrements in absence of mitigation strategies.” – NASA, Human Research Program Manager, William H. Paloski, PhD

Cerebian's proprietary technology brings a platform that will measure the effectiveness of these mitigation strategies through advanced empirical measurements on exactly how astronauts perceive the lack of sleep through their 5 senses and emotions, and how external factors affect these results.

  • The objective of this solution is in alignment with NASA Strategic Objective 1.2 which is to conduct research on the International Space Station to enable future space exploration, facilitate a commercial space economy, and advance the fundamental biological and physical sciences for the benefit of humanity.

Cerebian is focused around combining neuroimaging with advanced artificial intelligence to understand, and real-time display, astronauts’ perceptual experience in space exploration.

Essentially, we are a patent-pending intelligent data processing engine that makes use of underutilized EEG data to provide advanced intelligence into astronaut experiences throughout space exploration and research onboard ISS missions as seen through our interface demo, which will be available to NASA researchers. Check out our Github to see the interface.

Besides its applications for NASA; With 1/3 of our lives spent in sleep, Cerebian’s results have the potential to impact 1/3 of all life hours. Experiments to mitigating sleeping problems is only one of many research applications served by Cerebian's proprietary technology (such as the mental toll of isolation on Mars and the psychological effects in space).

In case you’re wondering… Yes, we can record dreams.

Check us out for more info!

Resources Used

Cerebian's proprietary technology

EEG Signal Acquisition Device

Research studies done by highly credible resources (mostly NASA in conjunction with Harvard Medical Sleep Division, Brigham and Women's hospital, University of Colorado, Boston University, and several others) all highlighting the severe dangers of sleep deprivation and NASA's intent to understand spaceflight environment, in order to solve it. Please check out the cited resources for even more context on the significance of this problem, and our solution.

78% of NASA Astronauts take sleeping pills!- Lead author Laura Barger, PhD, Brigham and Women's Hospital - Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders - as well as Harvard Medical School and University of Colorado - and cautions using pills in mission critical settings against FDA warnings.

NASA attempts to track dreams and astronaut sleep - current inefficient method where they wake up astronauts to ask them about their dreams(which they barely remember). Disrupting their sleep in order to improve it... ironic! Cerebian will unobtrusively capture the experience of dreams in sleep. The study also highlights Cerebian's potential benefits for earth.

NASA Research Study showing the severe astronaut sleeping problem

Mock Mars Flight Reveals Big Sleep Concerns For Astronauts

NASA Sleep Study in The Lancet Neurology Journal - Dr. Lauren Leveton, NASA; highlighting sleep deficiency with astronauts in space

Dreaming in Space - Harvard Newsletter

Astronauts are Sleep Deprived in Space

Sleep Inducing Red Light & Astronaut Circadian Rhythm

"We need to understand long-term astronaut health for long duration exploration." - Dr. Lauren Leveton, NASA.

"Efforts are planned to understand more fully the spaceflight environment and the role that other factors may play in reducing or promoting sleep" - Dr. Lauren Leveton, NASA

"We want to reduce the risk of performance decrements and optimize people's performance capabilities."..."Several crew members have expressed appreciation for objective data regarding their sleep," added Leveton.

Human Research Program - Behavioural Health & Performance Department Official Report 2016 - covers several aspects as well as the need for a monitoring device with Cerebian's capabilities.


  • Founder/CEO - Kareem Ayyad
  • Joined by - Tamer Kakish


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