Meet Francesco, and see how EU research is making a real difference to people's lives
Francesco Lollini is 19 years old and just finished high school. He collaborates with the research team from Bologna that runs the TOBI project (TOols for Brain computer Interaction). With the input of potential users such as Francesco, this project aims to develop practical technology for brain-computer interaction (BCI) that will improve the quality of life of disabled people and the effectiveness of rehabilitation.
TOBI will develop non-invasive BCI prototypes combined with other assistive technologies (AT) that will have a real impact in improving the quality of life of disabled people. These non-invasive BCI are based on electroencephalogram (EEG) signals.
The expected impact of TOBI is a wide-spread use of BCI assistive technology endowed with adaptive capabilities that augment those other AT they are combined with. In such a hybrid approach, users can fuse brain interaction and muscle-based interaction, or they can switch between different channels naturally (based on monitoring of physiological parameters or mental states).
4 application areas have been identified where BCI assistive technology can have a real, measurable impact, in terms of pre-clinical validation, for people with motor disabilities. The applications areas are:
- Communication and Control,
- Motor Substitution,
- Entertainment, and
- Motor Recovery.
Funding: EU contribution 9,049,996 € out of 11,922,155 €.
Project duration: From November 2008 to January 2013.