I performed EEG research as part of the Missouri S&T program Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE). I worked with Dr. Donald C. Wunsch and the Missouri S&T Applied Computational Intelligence Laboratory for this project exploring the possibility of using wavelet or convolution neural networks for motor-imagery classification. These types of neural networks are becoming very popular in image analysis for object tagging or facial recognition, so I though to apply them to the challenging problem of the EEG brain-control interface. In the end, these algorithms did not perform better than the best work out there, but I provided a few ideas I had moving forward with this approach.
This project resulted in a follow-on project where I’m working with a senior design group to implement an EEG-BCI on an FPGA. The final result would be a portable BCI that could be carried to hospitals or other places where patients could use it.
I also had some ideas of where to take the research next, so hopefully I’ll get a chance to write about that!