Towards non-invasive Brain-Computer Interfaces for hand/arm control in users with spinal cord injury

Gernot Müller-Putz, Joana Pereira, Patrick Ofner, Andreas Schwarz, Catarina Lopes-Dias, Reinmar Kobler, Lea Hehenberger, Andreas Pinegger, Andreea Ioana Sburlea

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Spinal cord injury (SCI) can disrupt the communication pathways between the brain and the rest of the body, restricting the ability to perform volitional movements. Neuroprostheses or robotic arms can enable individuals with SCI to move independently, improving their quality of life. The control of restorative or assistive devices is facilitated by brain-computer interfaces (BCIs), which convert brain activity into control commands. In this paper, we summarize the recent findings of our research towards the main aim to provide reliable and intuitive control. We propose a framework that encompasses the detection of goal-directed movement intention, movement classification and decoding, error-related potentials detection and delivery of kinesthetic feedback. Finally, we discuss future directions that could be promising to translate the proposed framework to individuals with SCI.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 6th International Conference on Brain-Computer Interface (BCI)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-2574-3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2018
Event6th International Winter Conference on Brain-Computer Interfaces: BCI 2018 - High1 Resort, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 15 Jan 201817 Jan 2018


Conference6th International Winter Conference on Brain-Computer Interfaces
Abbreviated titleBCI 2018
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • brain-computer interface
  • EEG
  • spinal cord injury
  • movement decoding
  • intuitive control

Fields of Expertise

  • Human- & Biotechnology


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