The brain-computer interface and assistive technology (BCIAT) research team is led by Dr Girijesh Prasad. The work of this team encompasses both theoretical and applied aspects of intelligent assistive systems development. The team specializes in developing non-invasive brain-computer interface (BCI) systems with the primary objective of increasing independence and improving quality of life of people with disabilities due to old age, injury or disease. Brain-computer interface (BCI) systems facilitate real-time translation of voluntary brain activities (acquired from electrophysiological signals such as EEG) into commands to control devices. They do not rely on muscular activity and can therefore provide communication and control for those who are severely paralyzed (e.g. locked-in) due to disease, spinal chord injury or brain damage.Other applications of BCI include neurofeedback for stroke rehabilitation, epileptic seizure prediction, awareness detection for long distance drivers and personalised computing environment adaptation. BCI is also emerging as an augmentative technology in computer games and virtual reality applications and has been associated with numerous military applications.
The BCIAT research team at the ISRC have been developing a non-invasive EEG-based brain-computer interface technology for the past 6 years and have made substantive progress in developing sophisticated computational intelligence (CI) based bio-signal processing tools to address many of the challenges in BCI technology. The team’s work has attracted substantial funding from UK India Educational Research Intitive (UKIERI), Royal Society, and other local and national funding agencies. Having published in many of the top BCI journals and conference proceedings, being internationally recognized as a BCI research group, receiving an international award for CI based research into BCI and in receipt of significant funding for BCI research, the ISRC is well established in this field and positioned to develop a range of BCI applications and related technologies for those who need it most. With significant progress underway on the critically important bio-signal processing elements of BCI, the team is now focused on developing a range of BCI related technologies such as,
BCI for alternative communication and entertainment technologies
BCI actuated assistive robotics
BCI based neurofeedback for neurorehabilitation
BCI related neurotechnologies for disease prediction and diagnostics
Having a range of collaborative links with local companies and healthcare providers, the BCI and related applications R&D at the ISRC will be thoroughly tested in a clinical setting, with the aims of bringing BCI technology into the home and establishing a world class reputation for BCI R&D.
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