Though controlled machines sound like something out of Star Trek however, it is now a growing field of scientific inquiry. This technology has the potential to help millions of people with limb failure or paralysis. Limb failure and paralysis occurs in a variety of conditions including traumatic limb injury, leading to amputation, motor neuron disease, stroke and spinal cord injury.
In most people with paralysis, the portion of the brain responsible for movement remains intact. A brain machine interface has the potential to restore lost motor function by enabling direct brain control of computer cursors, vehicles, exoskeletons and prosthetic limbs.
We use a range of techniques including electrophysiology, functional MRI and EEG to develop new devices and algorithms to control external interfaces such as a wheelchair and computer.