BNCI Cluster

The TOBI project is part of the BNCI FP7 cluster .

On top of organizing special sessions for the whole Cluster at its TOBI workshops and sharing information, it also closely collaborates with the following cluster projects, where some of the TOBI partners are involved:

DECODER (February 2010 - January 2013)
BCIs for communication with persons in minimally conscious states
(deployment of Brain-Computer Interfaces for non-responsive patients, to give access to modern ICT technologies such as internet, personal computer or home appliances when only a single response of a person is available –developing a hierarchical diagnostic approach from simple presentation of stimuli to intentional control of BCI, and adapting existing assistive technology to a single-switch control).

BETTER (February 2010-January 2013)
Rehabilitation for persons with strokes that affect lower limb function
(to improve physical rehabilitation therapies of gait disorders in stroke patients, based on BNCI assistive technologies with robotic exoskeletons in a top-down approach -motor patterns of the limbs are represented in the cortex, transmitted to the limbs and fedback to the cortex).

BRAINABLE (January 2010 – December 2012)
BNCIs for communication within homes and on line, hybrid BNCIs (ICT-based human computer interface composed of BNCI sensors combined with affective computing and virtual environments providing inner functional independence for daily life activities and autonomy and outer social inclusion).

Future BNCI (January 2010 – December 2011)
Coordination and support of BNCI research, roadmaps, terms, standards and exploitation
(interactions with key stakeholders in BCI and related research to establish and entrench key terms, definitions, and standards, disseminate knowledge and identify promising opportunities across all four components of a BCI system: sensors and signals; signal processing; applications and devices; and interfaces and operating environments; towards a coherent, efficient BCI community able to make a strong impact on uptake across the EU, helping to expand greatly the number of potential users).

MINDWALKER (January 2010 - December 2012)
Mind controlled orthosis and VR training environment for walk empowerment (to enable people with lower limbs impairments to perform their daily activities in the most autonomous and natural manner, through new smart dry EEG bio-sensors enabling lightweight wearable EEG caps for everyday use, and novel approaches to non-invasive BCI to control a purpose-designed lower limbs orthosis enabling different types of gaits; a Virtual Reality training environment will help patients generate the correct brain control signals and properly use the orthosis –for use under a safe and controlled medical environment, but also with a lightweight portable set for self-training at home - and to be progressively tested in everyday life environments and situations, from simple activities at home to eventually shopping and interacting with people in the street).

MUNDUS (March 2010 - February 2013)
Assistive Technology (integrating multimodal information collected by electromyography, bioimpedance, head/eye tracking and eventually brain computer interface commands) enabling severely motor impaired people (with neurodegenerative and genetic neuromuscular diseases or high level Spinal Cord Injury) to recover direct interaction capability based on arm reaching and hand function (from any residual control of the end-user, thus suitable for long term use in daily activities - as sensors, actuators and control solutions adapt to the level of severity/progression of the disease-allowing them to interact voluntarily with naturality and at maximum information rate in the home or work environment). The actuators modularly combine a lightweight and non-cumbersome exoskeleton (compensating for arm weight), a biomimetic wearable neuroprosthesis for arm motion and small lightweight mechanisms to assist in the grasp of collaborative functional objects (identified by radio frequency identification).