Brain-machine interfaces


Brain-machine interfaces

Bridging the gap between human and machine minds. Post latest research, news and events in the field of BMI. Join us to stay up-to-date on the recent advances in your field. Participate in creative discussions.

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Welcome to the Brain-Machine Interfaces group!

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This group is dedicated to a rapidly developing set of technologies - commonly known as brain-machine interfaces (BMI) - with a broad span of nearly-futuristic applications. Currently it allows for:

Future applications include:

... and many others

How do Brain-Machine Interfaces work?

If you're interested in how current BMIs work, visit this page How Brain-computer Interfaces Work. And of course, there are lots of information on history and recent developments in BMI on Wikipedia page.

For more in-depth information, see the following list of scientific papers. I've separated them into categories. "Review papers" are general articles that describe various BMI developed by the time the article was written. Other papers describe specific approaches to BMI.

Review papers

2006 | Lebedev A, Nicolelis MA | Trends in Neurosciences
Brain-machine interfaces: past, present and future

2002 | Wolpaw J, Birbaumer N, McFarland D | Clinical Neurophysiology | recommended
Brain-computer interfaces for communication and control

2002 | Donoghue JP | Nature Neuroscience
Connecting cortex to machines: recent advances in brain interfaces

2000 | Heetderks WJ, McFarland DJ, et al | IEEE Transactions on Rehabilitation Engineering
Brain-computer interface technology: a review of the first international meeting

P300 spellers

This type of BMI (used in e.g. Intendix system) looks like an on-screen keyboard that allows you to type text by the power of thought.

2008 | U Hoffmann, JM Vesin, T Ebrahimi, et al | Journal of Neuroscience Methods
An efficient P300-based brain-computer interface for disabled subjects

2006 | EW Sellers, E Donchin | Clinical Neurophysiology
A P300-based brain-computer interface: Initial tests by ALS patients

2006 | DJ Krusienski, EW Sellers, et al | Journal of Neural Engineering
A comparison of classification techniques for the P300 speller

1988 | Farwell LA, Donchin E. | Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology
Talking off the top of your head: toward a mental prothesis utilizing event-related brain potentials.
Paper pioneering the P300 approach to BMI

Other approaches

2008 | Velliste M, Perel S, et al | Nature
Cortical control of a prosthetic arm for self-feeding

2006 | Hochberg L, Serruya M, et al | Nature
Neuronal ensemble control of prosthetic devices by a human with tetraplegia

2005 | EC Lalor, SP Kelly, et al | EURASIP Journal on Applied Signal Processing
Steady-state VEP-based brain-computer interface control in an immersive 3D gaming environment

2004 | Wolpaw J, McFarland D | PNAS
Control of a two-dimensional movement signal by a noninvasive brain-computer interface in humans

2003 | X Gao, D Xu, M Cheng, et al | Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, IEEE Transactions on
A BCI-based environmental controller for the motion-disabled

2003 | Carmena JM, Lebedev MA, et al. | PLoS Biology
Learning to Control a Brain–Machine Interface for Reaching and Grasping by Primates

Another good list of research papers on BMI topic can be found here

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Comment by Sweta Panwar on March 11, 2010 at 4:30pm
Hello Everyone,
I am just an undergrad interested in BCI, at present in my 3rd yr of integrated Masters in Converging technologies (Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno). As the course name suggests I have an interdisciplinary background and want to pursue my majors in cognitive neuroscience and merge it with IT.
I am interested in doing research work and am looking forward to get myself into a PhD after this course.

Please do let me know if you have any information about some place where I could get in as an undergrad and do some research work in the related field.

Thanks and Regards
Sweta Panwar
email :
Comment by Deema Sehli on January 6, 2010 at 6:36pm
Hello everyone,
I'm an intern who just graduated from medical school, and I'm interested in nanoneurosurgery, Neuroregeneration and neural interfacing including Nanotube-Neuron Electronic interface, Photochemical activation of Nanoparticle-film Neural Interface, Nanofibers as an aid to CNS regeneration by Neural progenitor cells, Nanofiber Brain Implants, Nanoscaffold for CNS repair and Nanoparticles for repair of SCI. I became more interested in neural interfacing system after I met Dr. John Donoghue few months ago in US and he talked about the first human implants in 2004 on four persons with paralysis and he described the progress of his trial and I was amazed by the results, He translated the thought of quadriplegic patients into an action to control a computer mouse and what made me even more impressed is that he is trying to develope a wirless interface.
Comment by Brendan Allison on November 9, 2009 at 3:40am
Hello Mr. Gamez - are you with Prof. Yanez-Suarez's group in Mexico City? He is a nice guy. I sent his lab some of my P300 data a few years ago. His student, Teo Solis-Escalante, is getting his PhD here in Graz.
Comment by Alexandra Elbakyan on September 30, 2009 at 1:02pm
2 zulqarnain zahid and others:
Yes! Surely, if any questions arise - post here and we'll try to find solution together.
Comment by zulqarnain zahid on September 28, 2009 at 2:04am
i m a student of electrical engineering in air university pakistan
i m working on bci as my final year project
i m working on wheel chair control using bci
i will be needing ur help
Comment by Philipp L Dines on September 27, 2009 at 6:42pm
I am interested in computer modeling of the brain including neural networks.
Comment by Roland Philipp on September 25, 2009 at 11:55am
hello toghether,
I'm doing recordings in the midbrain and record simultaneously the hand position of the subject.
my problem is that the zebris system I'm using produces terrible 100Hz noise.
I tried to use a "Hum Bug" but this is filtering just 50 and 60 Hz noise.
Does anybody know a nice device which works for the 100Hz?
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Comment by Manuel Gamez on August 26, 2009 at 12:29am
Hi everyone!
I´m new on the group. I´m Bionics engineer here in Mexico. I started to work on BCI research 2 year ago, with other proyects that implies pattern recognition. Using PCA and cluster computing, I got good recognition rates (about 80%) for some mental activities (imagination of movement). I have suspended my research 6 months ago, but all my material and a very simple way to obtain EEG signal over simulink is all avaible for everyone that ask for it. I hope will help. Now I´m comming back to the research work, and I think there some things that I have missed. Any question or comment I wil be for here!!
Comment by Dr. Ashish R.Panat on August 25, 2009 at 5:17am
Dears, I am electronics and telecommunication engineer. Presently working as Professor and Principal at Disha Institute of Management and Technology, Raipur (C.G) India. I have revealed the fact through experimentation that every human being has unique style of expressing emotions. People react in a typical way under the influence of emotions.I have carried out this work for doctoral research. I would like to establish a team to extend this work to come up with the adaptively intelligent interface between brain and the computer. I shall be ready to work in collaboration with interested people.
> Thanks and Regards,
> Ashish Panat
Comment by Lynn Marentette on August 23, 2009 at 3:45pm
I'm a school psychologist who has additional training in child/adolescent neuropsychology, specifically traumatic brain injuries. I work with a range of young people, and some of them have multiple special needs, requiring assistive technology support.

I have recent training in human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, and game design, including AI for game design. I'm interested in natural user interfaces and interaction.

Regarding Birgitte's comments about depression and computer use, does this include playing computer games?

I was wondering if the depressed youngsters play solitary games or do they engage in gaming as a social activity. The young people I know who are better adjusted play using newer game technologies such as the Wii and RockBand, where people can move about and interact with each other, and the game.

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