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The BMS lab will host the Brain Computer Interface testing ground

Over the past decades we have witnessed major developments in not just the machines that drive the world, but also in the ways we interact with them. Increasingly intuitive and quick interfaces have added to the ease and speed with which we have control over machines and computers alike. Computer interfaces like mouses and the more recent touchscreens have revolutionized human interactions with computers in their own way. The future promises ever more direct ways of interfacing between humans and computers. The next revolution is currently being developed at the University of Twente together with our partners at Artinis Medical Systems, Noldus Information Technology, Thales and VidiNexus.

The next step in interfacing technology

In the coming years the University of Twente will work with her partners on the development of so called “Brain Computer Interfaces”. In short, this means that they develop ways to control a machine or computer by thought (brain signal) alone. The University of Twente will work together with companies specialized in sensor technology (Artinis), sensor integration and data processing (Noldus) and application developent (VidiNexus and Thales). The work will focus on both the development of the technologies and the application of the technologies. This will all happen right here at the BMS lab.

The BMS lab as home for Brain Computer Interface development

The BMS lab will host a testing and proving ground for applications of Brain Computer Interfaces. In this testing ground the partnership will work on the development of applications for such an interface and the technology required to both sense and utilize the brain signals. Key in this development process is the application of these technologies in fields with practical value for companies and professionals. This can range from the interaction with high workload and intensity computer systems, adapting screens and billboards to the viewer’s available mental energy and teamwork in command-and-control environments. Technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence are expected to be key in the application of Brain Computer Interfaces. The lab spaces and expertise of the BMS lab will be used for a variety of studies and applications over the coming years for these applications. With it the lab aims to contribute to the economy and development of the Eastern Netherlands.

Want to know more?

Have you become interested in the developments in this field and at the University of Twente? Or, do you have questions about this research project? Then please contact the University of Twente’s press department.