BCI / Brain-Computer Interface Race
About the Team
"We are excited to find out how much we can push our algorithms forward to make our pilot successful. Moreover, it’s a unique opportunity for us to work closely with a quadriplegic and achieve something beyond science." says Rea Lehner who manages Team SEC FHT. The acronym stands for the Singapore-ETH Centre and its new research program Future Health Technologies, which has been launched in March this year. The team, formed in January 2018, is a collaboration between School of Computer Science and Engineering at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the Neural Control of Movement Lab at ETH Zurich.
"Our different backgrounds, enthusiasm for research and the need to train our brain and algorithms make us unique." says team manager Rea. The team uses a Brain-Computer-Interface (BCI) based on electroencephalography (EEG) from Brain Products. She points to where this could lead: “Although the engineering and neurosciences are far from ready, we are thinking about the vision of using BCI to give commands to non-invasive mobile technologies to operate aids such as smartphones or wheelchairs.
Pilot - Samuel Kunz
"In 2016 I was a spectator at CYBATHLON, and now I have the chance to start as a pilot myself this year," Samuel Kunz says. Six years ago, the mechanical engineer had an accident and has been a quadriplegic since then.
He uses electroencephalography (EEG) in the BCI race and he trains once a week for about three hours. "The most difficult thing is to stay calm and not to get nervous. For everything to work out I mustn’t think about anything else but the race. One of my wishes is soon to be able to play a real game just with my thoughts," says Samuel and adds, "Currently, the system is not portable and user-friendly. The encoding of brain activity still has much room for improvement. Nevertheless, I see many great possibilities how the system could be integrated into everyday life, you could control almost all technical devices with BCI-technology."
= Highest score
= Best obstacle time
= Obstacle passed
= Did not finish
For further information check out the detailed CYBATHLON 2020 Global Edition’s Races and Rules
RT @cybathlon All BCI races have been completed successfully. We now have 4 finalists: MAHIDOL BCILAB with Pilot Kriangkrai Tachadee (TH), SEC FHT with Samuel Kunz (CH), Neurobotics with Ruslan Nurullin (RU) and Whi with Francesco Bettella (IT). Don't miss the finals! https://t.co/r8W1CrqfmT https://t.co/hll27v8F5r
After all the hard work, our #CYBATHLON #BCI team cannot wait to watch the online broadcasting! Join us today at 4 pm CET via https://t.co/yYKTvcZJ2r. Thanks for making our participation possible: @Brain_Products @RehaklinikZihlschlacht @NCMLabETH @SEC_ETH @CREATE_NRF @NTUsg https://t.co/gqjcVc5Xj6