BRAIN-COMPUTER INTERFACE: COMPARISON OF TWO CONTROL MODES TO DRIVE A VIRTUAL ROBOT

  • Ron-Angevin Ricardo ETSI Telecomunicación, University of Málaga, Spain
  • Debeyre Aurélie ENSC, Bordeaux INP, France
  • Marquet Yvan ENSC, Bordeaux INP, France
  • Lespinet-Najib Véronique Team CIH, Laboratory IMS CNRS UMR 5218, France
  • Andre Jean Marc Team CIH, Laboratory IMS CNRS UMR 5218, France

Abstract

A Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) is a system that enables communication and control that is not based on muscular movements, but on brain activity. Some of these systems are based on discrimination of different mental tasks; usually they match the number of mental tasks to the number of control commands. Previous research at the University of Málaga (UMABCI) have proposed a BCI system to freely control an external device, letting the subjects choose among several navigation commands using only one active mental task (versus any other mental activity). Although the navigation paradigm proposed in this system has been proved useful for continuous movements, if the user wants to move medium or large distances, he/she needs to keep the effort of the MI task in order to keep the command. In this way, the aim of this work was to test a navigation paradigm based on the brain-switch mode for ‘forward’ command. In this mode, the subjects used the mental task to switch their state on /off: they stopped if they were moving forward and vice versa. Initially, twelve healthy and untrained subjects participated in this study, but due to a lack of control in previous session, only four subjects participated in the experiment, in which they had to control a virtual robot using two paradigms: one based on continuous mode and another based on switch mode. Preliminary results show that both paradigms can be used to navigate through virtual environments, although with the first one the times needed to complete a path were notably lower.

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Published
2015-11-19
How to Cite
Ricardo, R.-A., Aurélie, D., Yvan, M., Véronique, L.-N., & Marc, A. J. (2015). BRAIN-COMPUTER INTERFACE: COMPARISON OF TWO CONTROL MODES TO DRIVE A VIRTUAL ROBOT. European Scientific Journal, ESJ, 11(10). Retrieved from http://eujournal.org/index.php/esj/article/view/6529