Brain computer interfaces and embodiment

Arnau Espinosa

Brain-computer interfaces (BCI) research is one of the most fascinating fields in neuroscience. Mental tasks or focused attention lead to changes in the brain’s activity patterns which can be measured, analysed and classified. The transformation of such changes into a control signal allows users to communicate or control external devices just by thinking. Brain-computer interfaces can be realized with EEG, ECoG, or spike activity recorded from the brain and convert those brain waves into signals, which can be interpreted by computers either to make statements about the brain itself, or to control an attached output device.

BCIs are an amazing technology and have several applications, like helping patients who have lost the ability to interact with their environment. For example, BCIs have the ability to help people with severe disabilities (like spinal cord injury, stroke, lateral amyotrophic sclerosis, etc) to improve their quality of life. The integration of BCIs into virtual reality, robots or rehabilitation systems is a promising new approach that enhances the interaction between the brain and our environment. This talk is intended for people interested in learning the basics of BCI communication and control and for people who are interested in combining BCI technology with their field of expertise.

About the Speaker

M.Sc. Arnau Espinosa, software developer and researcher of gtec medical engineering Spain. He is working on EEG, ECoG and spike based BCI projects within g.tec. He has been involved in the development of several EC projects like Comaware, DeNeCor, BackHome, Vere, Renachip, ALIAS, BackHome, Decoder, Better and Astonish.

g.tec medical engineering Spain SL was founded in 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. This Spanish SME develops software for biosignal acquisition and analysis (mainly EEG and ECG) and provides research support to customers and project partners. In both fields it closely collaborates with g.tec medical engineering GmbH a joint branch of GTEC, which sells biomedical equipment in more than 50 different countries worldwide, together with distribution partners in over a dozen countries, and is the main worldwide supplier of brain-computer interface technology.

g.tec medical engineering Spain SL building on and continuing the research activities of Guger Technologies OG a joint branch of g.tec together with partners from Spain and Portugal. Guger Technologies OG has research funding from numerous national (FFG, SFG) and European programs that all focus on BCIs. These include the EU ICT STREPs BackHome, and CREAM. These projects involve assiduous patient testing and dissemination, and the first two have a strong emphasis on integrating BCI and VR. G.TEC is also active in the EU funded FET Integrative Project VERE, building on over a decade of success in integrating BCIs and VR, including work in the successful IPs called PRESENCIA and VERE. In the project BackHome, G.TEC combines BCI technology with middleware software interfacing with smart home technology.