BCI based on Motor Imagery

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BCI based on Motor Imagery
Short Description: This project is aimed is to control an external device through the analysis of brain waves measured on the human scalp.
Coordinator: MatteoMatteucci (matteo.matteucci@polimi.it)
Tutor: MatteoMatteucci (matteo.matteucci@polimi.it), RossellaBlatt (blatt@elet.polimi.it), BernardoDalSeno (bernardo.dalseno@polimi.it)
Students: FabioZennaro (fabio.zennaro@mail.polimi.it)
Research Area: BioSignal Analysis
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Status: Closed



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A Brain Computer Interface (BCI), also called Brain Machine Interface (BMI), is an advanced communication pathway that can allow an individual to control an external device, such as a wheelchair or a cursor on a computer, using signals measured from the brain (e.g., electroencephalography EEG). Research in this direction results of particular interest when addressed to totally paralyzed people. Using the mu and beta rhythms people has learnt to control their brain activity and thus to control external devices, such as a wheelchair, a cursor on a screen etc. We want to develop a system able to allow users to control the movement of an external device, controlling his/her mu or beta rhythms.


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