Brain Speller

Abstract: This project aims at investigating brain-computer interface (BCI) systems that assist handicapped and elderly people in interacting with the environment around them using only the power of their thoughts.

Project Description: This project investigates a BCI Brain Speller system using the commercial Emotiv EPOC headset to control software in computers.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, “In 1988, 2,543,100 people or 16 per cent of the Australian population were disabled. Of these people, 2,120,600 (13% of the population) were found to be also handicapped.” (ABS 1988). According to an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Study, which was released on Friday the 15th December 2000, it is predicted that 1.3 million Australians or about one in every 15-16 are disabled (ABC Radio Transcript), needless to say, these figures are vast.

Something needs to be done in order to provide aid for this large number of Australians in order to assist them in performing the everyday tasks that we take for granted and possibly, helping them to become productive members of society.

We cannot prevent the causes of disabilities; however, we can look at minimising the impact. A result of many disabilities is that of care for disabled people, which often results in great financial and emotional strain on their loved ones. Communication and interaction with the world around them is often an issue. Our project looks at bridging the gap between communication issues faced by disabled people as well as interaction with the environment around them.

Research group: A/Prof Dat Tran, Dr Wanli Ma, Prof Dharmendra Sharma, Trung Duy Pham, and Team UCEEG (Paul Du, Le Nguyen, Kim-Mai Bui and Lap Duong)

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