Workshop at 7th Int. BCI-Meeting Asilomar

WS 7: Noninvasive BCI-control of FES for grasp restoration in high spinal cord injured human

Gernot Müller-Putz, TU-Graz
Rüdiger Rupp, Heidelberg University Hospital
Alexandra Vuckovic, University of Glasgow
Andreea Sburlea, Graz BCI Lab
Joana Pereira, Graz University of Technology

The bilateral loss of the grasp function associated with a complete lesion of the cervical spinal cord represents a severe handicap for social participation of the affected individuals. Any improvement of an impaired grasp function is highly desirable not only from the patients point of view but also for economic reasons. Motor neuroprostheses based on surface functional electrical stimulation (FES) provide a non-invasive option for generation of multiple grasp patterns. Closed-loop control of multi-pad FES electrodes allow for robust grasp pattern generation independent of wrist rotation.
EEG-based BCIs represent a valuable component of a neuroprosthetic user interface. A major advantage of BCIs is that they do not depend on residual motor functions. BCIs based on motor intention have enormous implications providing natural control of grasping neuroprostheses for individuals with a high spinal cord injury by relying on volitional signals recorded from the brain directly involved in upper extremity movements. This may also open up new avenues for using BCI-controlled neuroprosthesis as a tool in task-oriented, neurorestorative therapies. FES rehabilitation utilities similar technology as neuroprothesis but is only effective in patients that have some minimal residual movement and had recently been injured. It is aiming at restoration of sensory and motor pathways in both the brain and the spinal cord, thereby achieving restoration of motor functions.
This interdisciplinary workshop will give an update on the application of noninvasive BCI-controlled grasp neuroprostheses in end users and will include a combination of coordinated invited talks together with demonstrations and structured targeted discussions.


Time in minTitlePresenter(s)Presentation format
5Introduction, speakers, Introduction into the topicMüller-Putzslides
20State of the art in non-invasive motor neuroprosthesisRuppslides
20State of the art in EEG-based decoding of graspingMüller-Putzslides
20Decoding movements of the upper limb for neuroprostheses controlPereiraslides
20Portable BCI-FES for self-managed therapy in SCI patientsVuckovicslides
20Future Concepts for non-invasive controlSburleaslides
15Coffee Breakall
20Structured feedback on the topic of participantsMüller-Putz/ Rupp
30Practical demonstration and general discussion with audiencePractical Demolive demo with opportunity of self-experience