Future Lab: The Brain Computer Interface and mind reading technology

November 15th, 2010 |
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Researchers are developing technologies that will eventually allow users to control devices like computers, televisions and cell phones with their thoughts. Scientists have created Brain Computer Interface, also known as “BCI,” technology that allows computer programs to interpret human intentions by reading their brain waves. Researchers have used BCI to develop a system that enables completely paralyzed patients to communicate using dedicated email and word processing programs. Scientists say it could also lead to brain-controlled prosthetics.


Dean Pomerleau, Research Scientist, Intel Labs, Pittsburgh
Tom Mitchell, E. Fredkin University Professor, Chair, Machine Learning Department, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
Marcel Just, D.O. Hebb Professor of Psychology, Director of the Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
Mark Palatucci, PhD student, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
Theresa Vaughan, Clinical Director, Brain-Computer Interface Research Center for Translational Neurological Research, Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, Albany, New York
Lynn McCane, Research Scientist, Wadsworth Center, Albany, NY

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