Non-homogeneous spatial filter optimization for ElectroEncephaloGram (EEG)-based motor imagery classification

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Neuronal power attenuation or enhancement in specific frequency bands over the sensorimotor cortex, called Event-Related Desynchronization (ERD) or Event-Related Synchronization (ERS), respectively, is a major phenomenon in brain activities involved in imaginary movement of body parts. However, it is known that the nature of motor imagery-related electroencephalogram (EEG) signals is non-stationary and highly variable over time and frequency. In this paper, we propose a novel method of finding a discriminative time- and frequency-dependent spatial filter, which we call 'non-homogeneous filter.' We adaptively select bases of spatial filters over time and frequency. By taking both temporal and spectral features of EEGs in finding a spatial filter into account it is beneficial to be able to consider non-stationarity of EEG signals. In order to consider changes of ERD/ERS patterns over the time-frequency domain, we devise a spectrally and temporally weighted classification method via statistical analysis. Our experimental results on the BCI Competition IV dataset II-a and BCI Competition II dataset IV clearly presented the effectiveness of the proposed method outperforming other competing methods in the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-68
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2013 May 2

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This treatise was by National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MEST) under Grant 2012-005741 and the project of Global Ph.D. Fellowship.

Copyright 2013 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Brain-Computer Interface (BCI)
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Motor imagery classification
  • Spatial filter optimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Artificial Intelligence


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