Brown University Reports Advances in Brain-Computer Interface

A team from Brown University, a New England Council member, recently announced positive speed and accuracy gains in a study they are involved in to investigate the use of a brain-computer interface called BrainGate.

The study was conducted by researchers at Brown University and fellow NEC member Massachusetts General Hospital, along with Stanford University, Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center, , and Case Western Reserve University. As a part of the study, three people with paralysis successfully used BrainGate to type on a screen with unprecedented speed and accuracy. While BrainGate is currently limited by federal law as an investigational device only, Stanford Electrical-Engineering Professor Krisha Shenoy said the performance gains might lead to practical advances in restoring communication capabilities to people with paralysis of all four limbs. The data from the latest research indicates that brain-computer interface assisted typing is nearing speed and accuracy levels that could make the technology useful to the public, according to the study’s co-author Dr. Leigh Hochberg, Professor of Engineering at Brown University.

“This incredible collaboration continues to break new ground in developing powerful, intuitive, flexible neural interfaces that we all hope will one day restore communication, mobility and independence for people with neurologic disease or injury,” said Dr. Hochberg in a statement.

The New England Council congratulates Brown University for the successful performance gains of their latest study. Read more in The Brown Daily Herald and Providence Business News.

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