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Tools for Brain-Computer Interaction

Principal researcher

Name: MILLÁN José Del R. 

Contact details: ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE, SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING, EPFL STI-DEC. ELB 132. Station 11 PO Box 1015, LAUSANEE, SWITZERLAND
Tel: +41-21-6937391
Fax: +41-21-6936930

Website: www.tobi-project.org

Project details

Start date: 11/2008
End date: 10/2012

Description: TOBI will develop practical technology for brain-computer interaction; i.e., non-invasive BCI prototypes combined with other assistive technologies (AT) that will have a real impact in improving the quality of life of disabled people. These non-invasive BCI are based on electroencephalogram (EEG) signals. The expected impact of TOBI is a wide-spread use of BCI assistive technology endowed with adaptive capabilities that augment those other AT they are combined with. In such a hybrid approach users can fuse brain interaction and muscle-based interaction or can switch between different channels naturally (based on monitoring of physiological parameters or mental states). 

We have identified 4 application areas where BCI assistive technology can have a real, measurable impact, in terms of pre-clinical validation, for people with motor disabilities. The applications areas are: Communication and Control, Motor Substitution, Entertainment, and Motor Recovery. TOBI will deliver short-term BCI assistive prototypes for each of the application areas by the first year that will be tested and evaluated by the second year. Then, we will build upon the work done for the achievement of these short-term milestones to create more advanced technology based on novel hybrid architectures, adaptive principles, as well as EEG hardware and common implementation platforms. This final BCI assistive technology will be tested and evaluated in real life situations by a large number of end-users. Finally, TOBI will devote substantial efforts to create awareness of TOBI results among the key players. For this we will organize a series of annual workshops.

Other organisations involved in this project

QUALILIFE SA
ASSOCIAZIONE ITALIANA PER L ASSISTENZA AGLI SPASTICI PROVINCIA DI BOLOGNA
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN
KREUZNACHER DIAKONIE
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
SCHWEIZERISCHE UNFALLVERSICHERUNGSANSTALT
FONDAZIONE SANTA LUCIA
JULIUS-MAXIMILIANS UNIVERSITAET WUERZBURG
EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN
STIFTUNG ORTHOPAEDISCHE UNIVERSITAETSKLINIK HEIDELBERG
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

Last updated: 27/04/2010