The Annual Faculty Research Symposium took place today (26th February 2014) at the Faculty of Engineering and Computing at Coventry University. One of iWARG’s PhD students, Szymon Fialek, gave a 20-minute talk with title ‘Investigation into BCI illiteracy’ to other research students as well as members of staff of the University.
Abstract: Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) enable users to control computer applications by brain activity. One of the main challenges in popularisation of BCI technology is to understand and solve the problem of ‘BCI illiteracy’, which is defined as inability to effectively control BCI. After almost 30 years of research the level of control of differs greatly between users with around 15% to 30% of them not reaching the level of accuracy that allows for effective control of the application. The investigation of BCI illiteracy phenomenon and search for the correlates of the BCI performance allows choosing the appropriate BCI paradigm for particular subject and avoiding costly and frustrating training for participants who might not be able to obtain BCI control. Moreover, the research may lead to approaches to counteract BCI-illiteracy. In this project we investigate the problem of BCI-illiteracy and its connection with attention.