Brain-Computer Interfacing: An Introduction

January 21, 2014
Author:
Rajesh P. N. Rao
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press (2013)

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