Projects related to health services research


BrainCom: Development of Brain-Computer-Interface (BCI)-directed communication aids (prestudy)

Project leader: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Karolin Schäfer (prestudy)

Contact: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Karolin Schäfer, Prof. Dr. Jens Boenisch (Universität zu Köln, FBZ-UK), Prof. Dr. Ivan Volosyak (Hochschule Rhein-Waal, Kleve)

Duration: 10/2018 – 08/2019

Funding Institution: Marga und Walter Boll-Stiftung

Project description:

The aim of the project is the preliminary study for the development of a linguistically newly designed communication aid with BCI for people with severe neurological and motor neuron diseases (e.g. cerebral palsy (CP), locked-in syndrome (LiS), ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)).

Despite extensive research on BCI applications, there is still is no reliable tool for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) users. Research focused mainly on the BCI technique, not on user interfaces and communication content. However, the technical development of a communication aid can only be successfully implemented if the contents are so satisfactory that the people using AAC can communicate successfully with it and experience communication as reliable and meaningful.

The aim of this project is to create the prerequisites for the long-term development of a communication aid with BCI. Current findings from BCI research (Kleve University) and core vocabulary research (University of Cologne, FBZ-UK) will be brought together and tested in a new device (prototype) for AAC users.