Neurotechnology SIG Webinar Series: Brain-computer interfaces
Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) are devices that establish a direct communication and control channel between humans and machines. We currently type at our keyboard and move the mouse with our hands, or perhaps give an instruction to a voice assistant. These input methods are inherently slow compared to the speed of our brains and the computers we are working with. BCIs give us the ability to bypass our hands or voice and communicate with and control computers directly with our mind.
The brain’s electrophysiological signals can be recorded over the scalp, under the scalp or within the brain. These signals, intentionally modulated by the user, are processed in real time, and translated into output commands. The user then obtains feedback about the success or failure of their efforts to communicate or control.
BCIs have already been used to help paralysed people walk using robotic exoskeletons and allowed us to communicate with people that are “locked in” (people that cannot communicate verbally due to almost complete paralysis). In the future, BCIs will fundamentally change how we interact with devices, for example, making our mobile phones a true extension of ourselves; BCIs could let us control games with our minds, producing truly immersive experiences; and there are a multitude of healthcare related applications in stroke rehabilitation, epilepsy treatment, sleeping disorders and even Alzheimer’s treatment.
About the Neurotechnology Special Interest Group
The UK already has a world leading research base in neurotechnology. The Neurotechnology Special Interest Group will help transfer knowledge from academia to the fast-growing industry sector and will provide a vital meeting place between clinicians and technologists. The aims of the SIG are to grow the neurotechnology community and accelerate innovation through cross-sector collaborations.
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