The BCI as a Pervasive Technology– A Research Plan

CP Brennan, PJ McCullagh, G Lightbody, Leo Galway

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In this work we explore whether the Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) can become a pervasive technology.The primary goal of BCI technology has been to providecommunication and control for people with severe neuraldysfunction, which affects their ability to interact with theenvironment. BCI research has focused largely on noninvasive,electroencephalography (EEG) based BCI methods.A number of EEG consumer grade devices are now available;the Emotiv EPOC neuroheadset is one such device. This paperinvestigates the utility, performance and usability of thisdevice in an office setting by using EEG correlates of biosignalsfor control. The results suggest that it is possible forsome users to achieve reasonable control with only minutes oftraining. However sustaining engagement over a longerduration and widespread use provide suitable areas forfurther investigation. As a contribution to the DoctoralColloquium the paper provides an account of intendedcontributions of this BCI research, the plan of study necessaryto achieve this goal, and enumerates the major researchquestions to be addressed in the next two years. The longer termaim is to deploy BCI as a Pervasive technology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
PublisherEuropean Alliance for Innovation
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 20 May 2014
Event8th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare - Oldenberg
Duration: 20 May 2014 → …


Conference8th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare
Period20/05/14 → …


  • Terms—Augmentation
  • Communication
  • Brain-
  • Computer Interface (BCI)
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Electrooculography (EOG)
  • Emotiv EPOC
  • Pervasive


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