Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Paper accepted for Intelligent User Interfaces conference

Our paper entitled "Towards Cooperative Brain-Computer Interfaces for Space Navigation," has been
accepted for presentation at ACM's Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI) 2013 conference.  The review process was extremely selective  with only about 20% of submissions being accepted for presentation. The paper is co-authored by Riccardo Poli  Caterina Cinel  Ana Matran-Fernandez, Francisco Sepulveda and Adrian Stoica.

Here is the abstract of the paper:

We explored the possibility of controlling a spacecraft simulator using an analogue Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) for 2-D pointer control. This is a difficult task, for which no previous attempt has been reported in the literature. Our system relies on an active display which produces event-related potentials (ERPs) in the user’s brain. These are analysed in real-time to produce control vectors for the user interface. In tests, users of the simulator were told to pass as close as possible to the Sun. Performance was very promising, on average users managing to satisfy the simulation success criterion in 67.5% of the runs. Furthermore, to study the potential of a collaborative approach to spacecraft navigation, we developed BCIs where the system is controlled via the integration of the ERPs of two users. Performance analysis indicates that collaborative BCIs produce trajectories that are statistically significantly superior to those obtained by single users.

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