BCI / Brain-Computer Interface Race
About the Team
The NeuroCONCISE team is led by the University of Bath’s Institute for the Augmented Human (England). Also involved is Ulster University’s Spatial Computing and Neurotechnology Innovation Hub (Northern Ireland). NeuroCONCISE is one of the more experienced BCI race teams at Cybathlon, having competed in Zurich in 2016, the Cybathlon BCI series Graz, Austria in 2019 (placing 3rd), and in the Cybathlon 2020 Global Edition which was livestreamed from local hubs around the world.
NeuroCONCISE is also associated with the company of the same name, NeuroCONCISE Ltd, founded by the team leader Prof Damien Coyle, in 2016. The team specialises in researching and developing EEG-based Brain-Computer Interfaces. This BCI involves translating brain activity, modulated by movement imagination (motor imagery) into control signal to enable movement independent racing.
Mr Owen Collumb (our BCI race pilot who is Irish) is currently training hard for the upcoming CYBATHLON challenge event in February and the overall Team is working hard to help Owen with new strategies to enhance performance and develop the optimal control strategy to address the new challenges proposed for the BCI race.
About the Pilot
Owen Collumb played basketball and table tennis and was captain of the local football team. But since a motorcycle accident in 1993, he has been almost completely paralyzed from the shoulders down. "It was a difficult time in rehabilitation" Owen recounts, "but I also realized that many young people suffer a similar fate, and you have to find a way to deal with it". Owen did this by supporting other disabled people: "I mainly work with children with muscle diseases. We provide accommodation and jobs, support families and organize activities to help children and adults with disabilities integrate into society. I like my work and enjoy it!"
The Irishman sees great potential in BCI technology and hopes that it will be used in other areas of society in the future. But his next goal is to use it to obtain a good result at CYBATHLON. “I’m looking forward to competing with the others, to feel the competitive atmosphere during the race and I’m sure that if everything goes well technically, we can achieve a very good time.”
About the Device
The g.Nautilus Research EEG headset, developed by g.tec medical engineering GmbH, is a state-of-the-art device designed for electroencephalography (EEG) research. Key features include:
1. Wireless Technology – making it more convenient and comfortable for users.
2. High resolution – making it suitable for advanced neuroscience research, and brain-computer interface (BCI) applications.
3. High Data Quality – essential for accurate analysis.
4. Ease of Use – The system is designed to be user-friendly, with intuitive software that facilitates data collection and analysis.
5. Portability – Its compact and wireless design makes the g.Nautilus highly portable, ideal for use in various settings including laboratories, clinics, and field research.
Consequently, the g.Nautilus Research Headset, with its advanced features and robust capabilities, meets the specifications necessary for an EEG device in Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) tasks, making it suitable for use in the Cybathlon competition.