Brain Machine Interface

This program uses brain-machine interfaces to explore augmenting human performance by extracting neural codes for integrating and controlling peripheral devices and systems. The program attacks the technological challenges across many disciplines and will require assembly of interdisciplinary teams to achieve the ambitious goal of having humans interact with and control machines directly from brain activity.

l Extract useful neural codes non-invasively for sensory motor tasks

Figure E.12. Augment human performance by harnessing brain activity to command, control, actuate, and communicate with the world directly through brain integration and control of peripheral devices and systems.

l Provide feedback directly to brain from DoD devices and systems for closed loop control

Figure E.12. Augment human performance by harnessing brain activity to command, control, actuate, and communicate with the world directly through brain integration and control of peripheral devices and systems.

Three of the significant challenges that the program will explore are

2. fundamental extraction of patterns of neuronal code as they relate to motor activity and the proprioceptive feedback necessary for executing motor commands xi) non-invasive access to the necessary brain activity (access a 500 micron square area where temporal spike train outputs can be measured)

xii) design and fabrication of new machines (elasticity, compliance, force dynamics) that could be optimally controlled by the brain.

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