Open Access Dataset for EEG+NIRS Single-Trial Classification

Jaeyoung Shin, Alexander Von Luhmann, Benjamin Blankertz, Do Won Kim, Jichai Jeong, Han Jeong Hwang, Klaus Robert Muller

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We provide an open access dataset for hybrid brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) using electroencephalography (EEG) and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). For this, we conducted two BCI experiments (left versus right hand motor imagery; mental arithmetic versus resting state). The dataset was validated using baseline signal analysis methods, with which classification performance was evaluated for each modality and a combination of both modalities. As already shown in previous literature, the capability of discriminating different mental states can be enhanced by using a hybrid approach, when comparing to single modality analyses. This makes the provided data highly suitable for hybrid BCI investigations. Since our open access dataset also comprises motion artifacts and physiological data, we expect that it can be used in a wide range of future validation approaches in multimodal BCI research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7742400
Pages (from-to)1735-1745
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Oct

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Manuscript received March 16, 2016; revised August 26, 2016; accepted October 27, 2016. Date of publication November 11, 2016; date of current version October 23, 2017. This research was supported in part by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (NRF-2014R1A6A3A03057524) and Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (NRF-2015R1C1A1A02037032), and supported the Brain Korea 21 PLUS Program through the NRF funded by the Ministry of Education, the Korea University Grant and BMBF (#01GQ0850, Bernstein Focus: Neurotechnology). (Corresponding authors: Han-Jeong Hwang and Klaus-Robert Müller.) J. Shin and A. von Lühmann are with the Machine Learning Group, Department of Computer Science, Berlin Institute of Technology, 10587 Berlin, Germany.

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  • Brain-computer interface (BCI)
  • electroen-cephalography (EEG)
  • hybrid BCI
  • mental arithmetic
  • motor imagery
  • near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)
  • open access dataset

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Rehabilitation


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