Technology Simplifies Big Data for the Brain

Researchers have created an innovative way for the brain to digest big data.

The project, known as CEEDS (Collective Experience of Empathetic Data Systems) presents large data-sets in the way the brain wants them.

Created in Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, the technology contains sensors which allow the system to present the information in a tailored way to the user, adjusting to their reactions as they examine the data.

The eXperience Induction Machine (XIM) adjusts to reactions including eye movements, gestures and heart rate and has been built to cope with increasingly large and complex sets of data.

CEEDS have said the project will help students study more efficiently and journalists to cross check sources quickly.

Jonathan Freeman, co-ordinator of CEEDS and professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths College at the University of London explained that the system acknowledges when participants are getting tired or overloaded with information.

He said: "It either simplifies the visualisations so as to reduce the cognitive load, thus keeping the user less stressed and more able to focus, or it will guide the person to areas of the data representation that are not as heavy in information."

CEEDS is a project from 16 partners in nine countries across Europe and received 6.5million euros of EU funding from the Future and Emerging Technologies Scheme.

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