2015 Research Foundation Grant Recipient: Dr. Shivayogi Hiremath

Use of Sensory Inputs for Brain-Computer Interface Training

Shivayogi Hiremath, PhD
University of Pittsburgh
$99,931 (2 Years)

Individuals with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D) have loss of function and independence in performing activities of daily living. Electrocorticography-based brain-computer interface (BCI) devices have the potential to improve the quality of life of individuals with SCI/D by providing an alternative pathway between the brain and external assistive devices to replace the function of an arm or leg.

The objective of the proposed study is to evaluate the cortical activity pattern across the premotor, primary motor, and somatosensory cortical areas of the brain during passive, observed, and attempted movement paradigms in individuals with epilepsy. The knowledge gained from this study will allow researchers to translate neural decoders computed during passive or observed movement paradigms to the attempted movement paradigm in individuals with SCI/D who cannot actively move their limb during BCI training due to paralysis.