Combining features for BCI

Guido Dornhege, Benjamin Blankertz, Gabriel Curio, Klaus Robert Müller

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Recently, interest is growing to develop an effective communication interface connecting the human brain to a computer, the 'Brain-Computer Interface' (BCI). One motivation of BCI research is to provide a new communication channel substituting normal motor output in patients with severe neuromuscular disabilities. In the last decade, various neuro-physiological cortical processes, such as slow potential shifts, movement related potentials (MRPs) or event-related desynchronization (ERD) of spontaneous EEG rhythms, were shown to be suitable for BCI, and, consequently, different independent approaches of extracting BCI-relevant EEG-features for single-trial analysis are under investigation. Here, we present and systematically compare several concepts for combining such EEG-features to improve the single-trial classification. Feature combinations are evaluated on movement imagination experiments with 3 subjects where EEG-features are based on either MRPs or ERD, or both. Those combination methods that incorporate the assumption that the single EEG-features are physiologically mutually independent outperform the plain method of 'adding' evidence where the single-feature vectors are simply concatenated. These results strengthen the hypothesis that MRP and ERD reflect at least partially independent aspects of cortical processes and open a new perspective to boost BCI effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Neural Information Processing Systems 15 - Proceedings of the 2002 Conference, NIPS 2002
PublisherNeural information processing systems foundation
ISBN (Print)0262025507, 9780262025508
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event16th Annual Neural Information Processing Systems Conference, NIPS 2002 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: 2002 Dec 92002 Dec 14

Publication series

NameAdvances in Neural Information Processing Systems
ISSN (Print)1049-5258


Other16th Annual Neural Information Processing Systems Conference, NIPS 2002
CityVancouver, BC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Signal Processing


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