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In 2004, we started a group
in human-machine interaction with an emphasis on brain-computer
interfaces (BCIs). BCIs can be used for capturing brain signals and
translating them into commands that allow humans to control (just by
thinking!) devices such as computers, robots, rehabilitation
technology and virtual reality environments. Our aim is to expand
the current limits of this technology while still using non invasive
Our Lab comprises 70m2
within the CES Department. The lab is divided in four experimental
areas, one of the them being shielded against EM interference. Our
lab is one of the best equipped labs for non-invasive BCI research
in Europe. Our equipment now includes: 5 EEG systems (2 Biosemi
ActiveTwo systems, 64 and 128 channels, respectively; 2 32-channel
gTec systems, and a 24-channel Mindset system), a 24-channel near
infra-red system, a 16-channel Nexus EMG system (plus 8-channels for
other physiological signals), a Jazz eye tracker, a MagStim BitStim
transcranial magnetic stimulation system, many Biometrics Ltd
electrogoniometers and accelerometers, two Edubot robotic
manipulators, 3 Lego NXT robots, three virtual reality systems, and
4 Bionics electrical-control medical chairs, aside from the
necessary computer equipment to interface with the above devices. We
also have a 182-processor Viglen/Rocks cluster dedicated to our
Riccardo Poli and Francisco Sepulveda have been awarded
an EPSRC grant. The project "Analogue Evolutionary Brain
Computer Interfaces" will start in June and will receive
£370,000.00 from the EPSRC
Three of us (F. Sepulveda, M. Dyson, and M. Salvaris) were shown on
Channel 4 television in a demonstration of brain-actuated robot
navigation. The segment went to air on June 11 in the series
'The Farm Revealed' (produced by LionTV), which introduces cutting
edge technology to young audiences. The work shown was
developed within the AABAC project led by John Gan (see 'Grants/Projects' in the menu
2005: We have just been
given an EPSRC grant in cooperation with Oxford University.
The project entitled 'Adaptive Asynchronous Brain-Actuated Control'
starts in January. Of the £442,401.00 for the project,
£261,939.00 are for our Essex group.
August 2005: The EPSRC
project entitled 'Mining for Novel Signatures in Multi-Channel EEG
for Brain-Computer Interfaces' (worth £123,000) has started.
March 2005: The BCI group has
been granted £273,000.00 from SRIF3 to build new lab facilities.
In addition to this, the Comp. Sci. Dept. has given us a 70m2
area for the new lab.