Project Name: Future BNCI
January 1, 2010
December 31, 2011
Here is the abstract for the Future BNCI project, as recorded
in official EU documents such as our grant agreement:
Brain Computer Interface (BCI) systems allow communication through
direct measures of brain activity. Users can spell, move cursors,
browse the internet, and control robotic devices such as prosthetics
or wheelchairs with thought alone.
BNCI systems are similar, but can also rely on indirect measures of
brain activity. Rapid progress in BCI and BNCI research is creating a
number of new opportunities across a much wider range of potential
users than previously recognized.
Unfortunately, the many new developments and new research groups lead
to two problems.
First, key terms and definitions are confusing, outdated, nonexistent,
and/or only sporadically accepted by people and groups from different
backgrounds. There is no clear agreement on fundamental terms like BCI
and BNCI. This confusion impedes development of standards and roadmaps
for both academic and commercial efforts.
It is also difficult to organize conferences, workshops, special
journal editions, expositions, or electronic collaboration resources
for a field that is unknown and poorly defined.
Second, there are widely differing views on how to capitalize on
recent progress and which avenues for future development merit the
most attention. These problems will only get worse without an
effective coordination effort. It seems unlikely that any project can
align constituencies and prepare future joint researches and roadmaps
when the relevant disciplines and stakeholders are not even clearly
Future directions in BNCI systems (Future BNCI) will identify which
opportunities are (and aren’t) promising across all four components of
a BCI system:
These four components will be addressed through three COORD WPs, and
another COORD WP will discuss Standards and Dissemination.
This project will establish and entrench key terms, definitions, and
standards. Knowledge will be disseminated through a conference,
workshops, special sessions, a book through a major publisher, other
peer reviewed publications, and informal interactions with key
stakeholders in BCI and related research. A website will promote both
commercial and academic development with links, downloadable
materials, and free information about BCI basics, research groups and
people, conferences, news events, and publications. These advancements
will counteract the growing confusion, miscommunication, inefficiency,
and stakeholder fragmentation within BCI research, and establish the
foundations necessary to transform BCIs from their infancy to a
mature, coordinated, mainstream, high impact research and development
- sensors and signals;
- signal processing;
- applications and devices;
- interfaces and operating environments.
The end result will be a coherent, efficient BCI community capable of
making a strong impact on EU dominance and helping a greatly expanding
number of potential users.
Official website: http://future-bnci.org
The following HMI-member(s) is/are coordinator of this Project
Here you can find the publications