Session

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 14:45 to 15:45
Commercial BCI Control And Functional Brain Networks in Spinal Cord Injury: A Proof-of-Concept.
Abstract: 
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), along with disability, results in changes of brain organization and structure. While sensorimotor networks of patients and healthy individuals share similar patterns, unique functional interactions have been identified in SCI networks. Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) have emerged as a promising technology for movement restoration and rehabilitation of SCI patients. We describe an experimental methodology to combine high-resolution electroencephalography (EEG) for investigation of functional connectivity following SCI and non-invasive BCI control of robotic arms. Two BCI-naïve female subjects, a SCI patient and a healthy control subject participated in the proof-of-concept implementation. They were instructed to perform motor imagery (MI) while watching multiple movements of either arms or legs during walking, while under 128-channel EEG recording. They were, subsequently, asked to control two robotic arms (Mercury v2.0) using a commercial class EEG-BCI. They both achieved comparable performance levels of robotic control, 52.5% for the SCI patient and 56.9% for the healthy control. We performed a feasibility analysis of functional networks on the EEG-BCI recordings. Visual MI allows training on multiple imagined movements and shows promise in investigating differences in functional cortical networks associated with different motor tasks. This approach could allow the implementation of functional network-based BCIs in the future for complex movement control.
Alkinoos Athanasiou's picture
Alkinoos Athanasiou
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GR)
George Arfaras's picture
George Arfaras
Ioannis Xygonakis's picture
Ioannis Xygonakis
Panagiotis Kartsidis's picture
Panagiotis Kartsidis
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GR)
Niki Pandria's picture
Niki Pandria
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GR)
Kyriaki Rafailia Kavazidi's picture
Kyriaki Rafailia Kavazidi
Lab of Medical Physics The Medical School Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Alexander Astaras's picture
Alexander Astaras
American College of Thessaloniki (GR)
Nicolas Foroglou's picture
Nicolas Foroglou
Konstantinos Polyzoidis's picture
Konstantinos Polyzoidis
Panagiotis Bamidis's picture
Panagiotis Bamidis
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GR)