How Brain-Machine Interfaces Can Improve the Lives of Persons With Disabilities
Wednesday, Nov. 24, 7-8 p.m.
Brain-machine interfaces (BMI) are technologies that provide a direct communication pathway between the brain and an external device. Such technologies could greatly improve the quality of life of individuals with disabilities and have shown promise in many applications ranging from controlling computers and wheelchairs using thoughts alone, to helping to recover lost hand function following stroke. Beyond this, researchers are looking into potential uses for BMIs in a variety of non-medical applications, from human performance augmentation to neuromarketing.
In this lecture, Dr. Sarah Power, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, will dive deeper into what brain-machine interfaces are, how they work, the current state-of-the-art, and the potential applications for persons with disabilities, as well as the general population. She will also talk about some of the important ethical issues involved in these technologies.
Presented by Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science; Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Newfoundland and Labrador