The Racing Team “MIRAGE 91” (Motor Imagery Racing Graz) founded in 2014 brings together students of a range of different disciplines. Working as a team with paraplegics (“pilots”), a system is developed that allows people to control a computer or a computer game using only their thoughts.
The focus is on developing different BCI systems in order to help people with a disability to achieve greater autonomy. Brain signals are used to substitute lost body functions.
Team member David Steyrl about his team:
Real science fiction! We make controlling things with your mind a reality. But before mind control systems become widely available, there are a lot of practical problems to be solved. That’s precisely the goal of the Cybathlon. To promote and enhance practical application of assistive technologies in competitions. Our team took part in the world’s first Cybathlon and we are really looking forward to new competitions in future.
Participation in the 2016 Cybathlon, the international championships for robot-assisted parathletes in Zürich – discipline: Brain-Computer Interface Race
It doesn’t matter what course your are taking – all students are welcome who like to work in a team and wish to contribute their skills. The tasks are very diverse – ranging from specific technical to organisational matters.
If you are interested, just contact mirage91noSpam@tugraz.at or visit one of the meetings (usually every Tuesday at 5pm, Stremayrgasse 16/4).