Lecture date: October 3, 2012
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Simmons Hall, Room 111
Workshop date: October 4, 2012
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Auburn Science, Room B201
Lecture Topic: From Student to Researcher: My Journey as an Integrated BioScientist
Workshop Topic: Design and Implementation of a P-300-Based Brain-Computer Interface for Controlling an Internet Browser
Emily holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and Certificate in Neuroscience from Duke University and is a Ph.D. candidate in Neural Engineering at The University of Illinois at Chicago. She also has been recognized as a Fulbright Scholar at the Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology. Emily has publications including “Design and Implementation of a P-300-Based Brain-Computer Interface for Controlling an Internet Browswer” (2010), “Control of an Internet Browser Using the P300 Event-Related Potential” (2008), “Measurement of Maximum Knee Flexion Following Total Knee Arthoplasty” (2003), and “Monday, Monday” (2005), a weekly humor column for Duke University’s daily newspaper. She holds multiple honors and awards, including a most recent grant for the NSF’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship for thesis research. She has obtained research experience at Eberhard-Karls University of Tubingen Institute for Medical Psychology, Duke University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Summa Medical Center. Her long-term goal is to establish innovative brain-computer interface devices for communication to improve the quality of life for individuals with communication disorders as well as the general population.
An electroencephalographic (EEG) brain-computer interface (BCI) internet browser was designed and evaluated with 10 healthy volunteers and three individuals with advanced amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), all of whom were given tasks to execute on the internet using the browser. Participants with ALS achieved an average accuracy of 73% and a subsequent information transfer rate (ITR) of 8.6 bits/minute and healthy participants with no prior BCI experience over 90% accuracy and an ITR of 14.4 bits/minute. We defined additional criteria for unrestricted internet access for evaluation of the present and future internet browsers, and we provide a review of the existing browsers in the literature. The P300-based browser provides unrestricted access and enables free web surfing for individuals with paralysis.