Spoofing biometric systems or just trying?

In a previous post I talked about biometric systems and how electro-physiological signals such as the EEG and the ECG can be combined to obtain a reliable biometric system. Today I’d like to continue from where I left you last time. I specifically want to tell you about one of the main challenges such systems […]

HORIZON 2020 and Neuroscience

 Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. As the […]

Modern History of Neuroscience

A few months ago I wrote “The Unknown History of Brain Science” in which I briefly covered the evolution of Neuroscience up to the discovery of the EEG by Hans Berger in 1929. Much more has happened since. Let’s see the most break-through discoveries that happened in this last 100 years or so. In my […]

Are brains computers?

Recently Stephen Hawking apparently said “I think the brain is like a programme in the mind, which is like a computer, so it’s theoretically possible to copy the brain onto a computer and so provide a form of life after death.”, which understandably generated a fair amount of noise on Twitter and elsewhere. I think […]

EEG and Complex Networks

A graph is a powerful mathematical tool useful to study and represent the interaction of certain datasets. In an abstract way, we can think about a number of mathematical entities that interact between each other. The entities would be represented by nodes (also called vertices) and their interactions by connections between those nodes (those interactions […]

Affordance and Sensory Feedback in Brain Computer Interfaces

At our recent HC2 Summer School we had a talk from Atau Tanaka on Embodied Sonic Interaction and how we might explore “possibilities of actions in the technologically augmented everyday”. An important part of this idea is the psychological basis for affordance and the potential for musical and sonic affordance. In another talk Joe Paradiso […]

What is QEEG?

Non-invasive EEG recording techniques consist of the recording and interpretation of voltage fluctuations generated by the brain along the scalp, being measured by an array of electrodes that covers the whole scalp surface or a given area of interest. From the first EEG experiment recorded by Berger in 1929 to the late 1960’s EEG was […]

BCI Neurofeedback – Helping in Stroke Rehabilitation

Strokes are one of the leading causes of long-term motor disability among adults. Current rehabilitative interventions often don’t help patients with severe motor impairment. Brain computer interfaces (BCI) can provide an alternative approach for neuro-rehabilitation, particularly for severely impaired stroke patients. But first let’s start defining what a stroke is. Strokes happen when the blood […]

How To Understand The Machine Learning Family

In former posts I have given a quick-and-dirty overview of Machine Learning and related methodologies: “what most people call machine learning in neuroscience academic texts is known in other research contexts as pattern recognition, data mining, artificial intelligence (AI), computational intelligence (CI), soft computing (SC), or data analytics. All of these refer to more or […]