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Development of a brain-computer interface based in motor imagery using OpenViBE

Grant number: 15/14994-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2015
Effective date (End): February 28, 2017
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Biomedical Engineering
Principal researcher:Gabriela Castellano
Grantee:Aline Cristiane Buzzi
Home Institution: Instituto de Física Gleb Wataghin (IFGW). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/07559-3 - BRAINN - The Brazilian Institute of Neuroscience and Neurotechnology, AP.CEPID


Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) are systems designed to use brain signals to drive external devices for both communication (e.g., keyboards) and movement (e.g., robotic arm, wheel chair) of severely disabled patients and for use in games. The brain signals used for BCIs are produced using a variety of strategies, some in which the user is instructed to think of specific things to get certain results. In these cases, the most widely used strategy is motor imagery (MI), which produces signals that are both specific and well localized from the point of view of electroencephalography, which is the main signal acquisition technique for BCIs. The aim of this project is to carry out a study about BCIs, focusing on the MI-based ones, and to develop a BCI based on MI using the OpenViBE platform, a free software platform dedicated to designing, testing and using BCIs. This project will be developed under the FAPESP CEPID "Brazilian Institute of Neuroscience and Neurotechnology" (BRAINN), in a partnership between the Neurophysics Group, of the Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute, and the Department of Computer Engineering and Industrial Automation of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, both from UNICAMP, and both participants of the aforementioned project.

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