Monday, 21 March 2016

CATCH at the British Science Week 2016

The UK's largest grassroots celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths takes place from March 11th  – 20th  2016. On March 15th a workshop was hosted by Dr Mahnaz Arvaneh, Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, University Of Sheffield – also a CATCH researcher.

Controlling An Object With Your Mind

Recent advances in sensor technologies, computational algorithms and neuroscience are moving us ever closer to making some pretty spectacular science fiction into reality. Imagine controlling a computer or any electronic devices using only your brain waves without any movements required! This new technology, called Brain-Computer Interface (BCI), enables severely disabled people to communicate, access computers, or control devices such as a wheelchair or prosthetic arm.

In this event, attendees learned how a BCI system measures brain signals, captures the relevant changes in brain patterns, and decodes them into commands for communication or controlling a device. This was a practical workshop with onsite recording brain signals.

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