Thursday, May 28, 2015

The future of BCI - From the state of the art to Vision

The BNCI Horizon 2020 Consortium have just released the final version of the roadmap for the field of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs).

  • Who should read this roadmap?
  • Aim and Executive summary
  • What is a BCI and Vision for 2025
  • Use case scenarios
    • Unlocking the locked-in and NeuroTutor
    • BCI-controlled neuroprosthesis
    • Hybrid BCI-driven FES for stroke rehabilitation
    • Research tool for cognitive neuroscience
  • Horizon 2020 and the place for BCIs
  • BCI market, stakeholders and Ethics
  • General recommendations
  • Appendix
    • Research, Industry and End Users
    • Use cases, focus groups and BCI Society
  • Consortium

Vision for 2025
"In 2025, a wide array of applications will use brain signals as an important source of information. We will see routine applications in professional context, personal health monitoring, and medical treatment. We envision a future where humans and information technology are seamlessly and intuitively connected by integrating various biosignals, particularly brain activity. People will be supported in choosing the best time for making difficult and important decisions. People working in safety-relevant fields will be capable of anticipating fatigue, and authorities may find good (evidence-based) reasons to incorporate such applications in regulations. (...)"

The following graph shows the potential that the BCI has for the next two decades:

It's also possible to download the summarized roadmapping activities. For more informations visit

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tracking pilots’ brains using EEG / BCI

Announced on the science channel from Euronews, scientists from 3 different countries are working to better understand pilot’s brain functions and to prevent human errors.

“We are trying to better understand what can cause human error by using the same tools as neuroscientists, like electroencephalography (EEG), measuring the heart rate, the pupil diameter, eye tracking, which means tracking the pilot’s gaze at any given moment.”

This research have a great potential to be used during the pilot selection process and for monitoring the training techniques and cockpit designs. Watch the video pressing here.