Pilot Study with the Crew Interactive MObile companioN (Cimon) (Mobile Companion) - 07.19.18

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Science Objectives for Everyone
The Pilot Study with the Crew Interacitve MObile companioN (Cimon) is a technology demonstration project, and an observational study, that aims to obtain the first insights into the effects on crew support by an artificial intelligence (AI), in terms of efficiency and acceptance during long-term missions in space. Spaceflight missions put the crew under a substantial amount of stress and workload, and it is thought that AI could provide operational support to crew members.
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The following content was provided by Judith-Irina Buchheim, M.D., Alexander Choukèr, M.D., and is maintained in a database by the ISS Program Science Office.
Information provided courtesy of the Erasmus Experiment Archive.
Experiment Details

OpNom: Cimon

Principal Investigator(s)
Judith-Irina Buchheim, M.D., Department of Anesthesiology, Hospital of the University of Munich, Munich, Germany
Alexander Choukèr, M.D., University of Munich, Munich, Germany

Christian Karrasch, Ph.D., Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Bonn, Germany

Airbus Bremen, Bremen, Germany
German Aerospace Center (DLR), Bonn, Bonn, Germany
IBM Europe, Munich, Germany

Sponsoring Space Agency
European Space Agency (ESA)

Sponsoring Organization
European Space Agency

Research Benefits
Space Exploration

ISS Expedition Duration
February 2018 - August 2018; -

Expeditions Assigned

Previous Missions
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Experiment Description

Research Overview

The Pilot Study with the Crew Interactive MObile companioN (Cimon) assists crew members with the following:
  • Crew activity/maintenance: Cimon can facilitate and improve efficiency of a crew activity or a trained maintenance task if feasible. The astronaut can work freely with both hands while having voice controlled access to documents and media in their field of view.
  • Science support/experimentation: complex science tasks would benefit from onsite video documentation of a procedure. Cimon can function as a mobile camera to document the procedure for either live or retrospective analysis. Cimon should be used to support crew in the execution of the procedure.
  • Motor skills learning/skill training: it is hypothesized that Cimon can speed up the performance of a motor skills task.

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Space Applications
The duration of manned space missions has expanded over the last decade. The trend is going towards deep space missions while the facilities inside the spacecraft, as well as the activities for the crew, become more and more complex—putting the crew under substantial stress. Cimon can assist the crew carry out more tasks, allowing more time for relaxation, and reduction of stress during flight.

Earth Applications
Terrestrial applications for the Cimon technologies are expected in education, Industry 4.0 processes, medicine and health care.

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Operational Requirements and Protocols

Cimon accomplishes the following:
  1. Support for assisted crew activity/maintenance (Cimon shall support the crew during a scheduled educational experiment [e.g. EPO-Flying classroom 2]).
  2. Documentation of complex science tasks (Science Support): Cimon shall support a science team during a science task performed by the crew (TBD).
  3. Training of specific motor skills (Skill Training): Cimon shall support the participating crew member during a time limited motor skill task (a Rubik’s cube). Cimon displays a video instruction instead of a paper-based manual. Verbal commands are used to pause, rewind and restart the video tutorial to facilitate the activity.

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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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Results/More Information

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Related Websites
Cimon information from payload developer Airbus
Cimon Mobile Companion (CIMON) information from awarding authority/payload owner DLR (German Aerospace Center)
Information from IBM Watson

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