Development of protocol for measuring real-world concentration via EEG sensors - QC-099

Preferred Disciplines: Neuroscience / Psychology, MSc or PhD
Project length: 8 to 12 months
Desired start date: April 15th, 2017
Location: Montreal and potentially Shenzhen, China
No. of Positions: 3 
Preferences: McGill, UdeM, UofT. Other universities acceptable as well.
Company: Mindset

About Company:

Mindset is a Montreal-based startup, developing a pair of headphones that use EEG sensors to monitor and improve concentration in the workplace. Graduates of TheNext36 and HAX accelerators. 

Project Description:

Mindset is designing a pair of over ear headphones that use EEG sensors to measure real-world concentration of the user. We are interested in leveraging current academic understanding of the neuroscience and psychology of attention to refine the model used to collect and process the data that trains Mindset’s algorithms. The project will involve designing several experiments to measure different facets of cognitive concentration using EEG sensors, followed by developing the algorithms to detect these correlations.

Background and required skills

Research Objectives/Sub-Objectives:

  • Design protocols users can undergo which highlight the different facets of concentration, for calibration purposes
  • Collect experimental big data related to concentration
  • Develop algorithms to identify the correlates of attention in the above-described data


  • Thorough background research on the neural correlates of attention and executive processing, as well as the psychrometric tests used to identify them.
  • Design experiment to be conducted on human subjects, in order to collect labelled EEG data while subjects are in the appropriate mental state
  • Analyse data in order to develop algorithms to classify the user’s mental state, comparing the results to the expected attentional level
  • Test/validate algorithms on real world cases 

Expertise and Skills Needed:

  • Neuroscience / cognitive psychology background, with particular understanding of the neural modalities of attention
  • Familiarity with EEG
  • Familiarity with data processing/programing. Help will be provided for this.

For more info or to apply to this applied research position, please

  1. Check your eligibility and find more information about open projects.
  2. Complete this webform. You will be asked to upload your CV. Remember to indicate the title of the project(s) you are interested in and obtain your professor’s approval to proceed!
  3. Interested students need to get the approval from their supervisor and send their CV along with a link to their supervisor’s university webpage by applying through the webform or directly to Jacob Flood  at, jacob(a)