In the BCI Race, pilots use brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) to control avatars in a specially developed computer game. Today’s BCIs can measure brain signals anyway, and there are plans to develop this technology further so that in future it will allow people with quadriplegia to control different kinds of devices, e.g., computers, robotic arms, and wheelchairs. The BCI race will test the reliability and precision of this technology in a virtual game. A computer game was developed for the CYBATHLON allowing pilots to move an avatar through a series of different obstacles with your thoughts.
The pilots participating in the BCI race have complete or severe loss of motor function (i.e. paralysis) at the neck level due to a spinal cord injury (SCI), stroke, neurological disease, or another trauma. Most teams use electroencephalography (EEG) to detect brain signals; however, other methods, such as near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), are allowed.
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CYBATHLON BCI Series 2019
BCI Race Description
Wheelchair Shuttle Service
Team Registration Information
Registration Forms for Download
Important Documents for Download
Information for Volunteers
Information for Schools
Information for Press and Media
Team registration form (*.pdf)
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