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The BCI as a Pervasive Technology– A Research Plan

Brennan, CP, McCullagh, PJ, Lightbody, G and Galway, Leo (2014) The BCI as a Pervasive Technology– A Research Plan. In: 8th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, Oldenberg. ICST. 4 pp. [Conference contribution]

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DOI: 10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2104.2SS7SS


In this work we explore whether the Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) can become a pervasive technology.The primary goal of BCI technology has been to providecommunication and control for people with severe neuraldysfunction, which affects their ability to interact with theenvironment. BCI research has focused largely on noninvasive,electroencephalography (EEG) based BCI methods.A number of EEG consumer grade devices are now available;the Emotiv EPOC neuroheadset is one such device. This paperinvestigates the utility, performance and usability of thisdevice in an office setting by using EEG correlates of biosignalsfor control. The results suggest that it is possible forsome users to achieve reasonable control with only minutes oftraining. However sustaining engagement over a longerduration and widespread use provide suitable areas forfurther investigation. As a contribution to the DoctoralColloquium the paper provides an account of intendedcontributions of this BCI research, the plan of study necessaryto achieve this goal, and enumerates the major researchquestions to be addressed in the next two years. The longer termaim is to deploy BCI as a Pervasive technology.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Speech)
Keywords:Terms—Augmentation, Communication, Brain- Computer Interface (BCI), Electroencephalography (EEG), Electrooculography (EOG), Emotiv EPOC, Pervasive
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Mathematics
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute > Smart Environments
Computer Science Research Institute
ID Code:32985
Deposited By: Dr Paul McCullagh
Deposited On:15 Jan 2016 11:43
Last Modified:15 Jan 2016 11:43

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