Anirudh Unni (M.Sc.)

  • Applied Neurocognitive Psychology Lab
    Department of Psychology
    School of Medicine and Health Sciences
    Carl-von-Ossietzky University
    26111 Oldenburg

    Phone: +49 (0) 441 / 798-5167
    Email: anirudh.unni(at)

    Office: W30 1-119



Research Interests

Functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) is a very versatile imaging tool whose popularity is increasing exponentially in the neuroimaging society. My research focusses on the characterization of neural correlates underlying cognition and motor control. My current study involves continuous monitoring of the brain activity using NIRS when the subject performs a complex cognitive task like driving and assessing different driver cognitive states like situational awareness, vigilance, working memory load, error-detection, emotional and attentional arousal etc.



Since Aug. 2013
PhD-Student at the Department of Psychology, University of Oldenburg (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jochem Rieger)

Oct. 2010 - June 2013
Master of Science in Microsystems Engineering, University of Freiburg

Aug. 2006 - May 2010
Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering, University of Mumbai


Journal & Full paper conferences

Unni A, Ihme K, Jipp M and Rieger JW (2017). Assessing the Driver’s Current Level of Working Memory Load with High Density Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy: A Realistic Driving Simulator Study. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 11:167. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00167 Download article (FREE)

Bertram Wortelen, Anirudh Unni, Jochem W. Rieger, Andreas Lüdtke. Towards the Integration and evaluation of online workload measures in a cognitive architecture. 7th IEEE Conference on Cognitive Infocommunications 2016, pp. 11-16, Wroclaw, Poland. ISBN: 978-1-5090-2645-6 Abstract

Nils Volkening, Anirudh Unni*, Birte Sofie Löffler, Sebastian Fudickar, Jochem W. Rieger,  Andreas Hein (2016) Characterizing the influence of muscle activity in fNIRS brain activation measurements. 8th IFAC International Symposium on Advances in Automotive Control 2016, pp.84-88, Kolmärden, Sweden (*shared first author) Abstract

Anirudh Unni, Klas Ihme, Henrik Surm, Lars Weber, Andreas Lüdtke, Daniela Nicklas, Meike Jipp, Jochem W. Rieger (2015) Brain Activity Measured with fNIRS for the Prediction of Cognitive Workload. 6th IEEE Conference on Cognitive Infocommunications, pp. 349-354, Györ, Hungary Abstract


Conference Abstracts

Jakob Scheunemann, Anirudh Unni, Jochem W. Rieger. (2017) Demonstrating brain interactions between working memory load and lateral control demands while driving using fNIRS. NVP symposium "Psychophysiology on the road towards enhanced traffic safety", 3-4 August 2017, Leiden, Netherlands Abstract

Anirudh Unni, Klas Ihme, Meike Jipp, Jochem W. Rieger. (2016) Estimating cognitive workload levels while driving using fNIRS. 1st Neuroergonomics Conference on The Brain at Work and in everyday life, Paris (accepted)

Klas Ihme, Anirudh Unni*, Jochem W. Rieger, Meike Jipp. (2016) Assessing driver frustration using fNIRS. 1st Neuroergonomics Conference on The Brain at Work and in everyday life, Paris (accepted) (*shared first author)

Andreas Löcken, Anirudh Unni, Heiko Müller, Jochem Rieger, Wilko Heuten, Susanne Boll, The car that cares: Introducing an in-vehicle ambient light display to reduce cognitive load. Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, Eindhoven, Oct 27-30, 2013