Brain-Computer Interfacing: An Introduction

Brain-Computer Interfacing: An Introduction

by Rajesh P. N. Rao


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The idea of interfacing minds with machines has long captured the human imagination. Recent advances in neuroscience and engineering are making this a reality, opening the door to restoring and potentially augmenting human physical and mental capabilities. Medical applications such as cochlear implants for the deaf and deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease are becoming increasingly commonplace. Brain- computer interfaces (BCIs) (also known as brain- machine interfaces or BMIs) are now being explored in applications as diverse as security, lie detection, alertness monitoring, telepresence, gaming, education, art, and human augmentation. This introduction to the field is designed as a textbook for upper- level undergraduate and first year graduate courses in neural engineering or brain- computer interfacing for students from a wide range of disciplines. It can also be used for self- study and as a reference by neuroscientists, computer scientists, engineers, and medical practitioners. Key features include: Essential background in neuroscience, brain recording and stimulation technologies, signal processing, and machine learning.
  • Detailed description of the major types of BCIs in animals and humans, including invasive, semi-invasive, noninvasive, stimulating, and bidirectional BCIs
  • In-depth discussion of BCI applications and BCI ethics
  • Questions and exercises in each chapter
  • Supporting Web site with annotated list of book- related links

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108708012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/13/2019
Pages: 335
Sales rank: 313,726
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Rajesh P. N. Rao is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has been awarded an NSF CAREER award, an ONR Young Investigator Award, a Sloan Faculty Fellowship and a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. Rao has published more than 150 papers in conferences and leading scientific journals, including Science, Nature, and PNAS, and is the co-editor of Probabilistic Models of the Brain (with Bruno A. Olshausen and Michael S. Lewicki, 2002) and Bayesian Brain (with Kenji Doya, Shin Ishii and Alexandre Pouget, 2007). His research targets problems at the intersection of computational neuroscience, artificial intelligence and brain-computer interfacing.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; Part I. Background: 2. Basic neuroscience; 3. Recording and stimulating the brain; 4. Signal processing; 5. Machine learning; Part II. Putting it All Together: 6. Building a BCI; Part III. Major Types of BCIs: 7. Invasive BCIs; 8. Semi-invasive BCIs; 9. Non-invasive BCIs; 10. BCIs that stimulate; 11. Bidirectional and recurrent BCIs; Part IV. Applications and Ethics: 12. Applications of BCIs; 13. Ethics of brain-computer interfacing; 14. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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