A virtual reality wheelchair driving simulator for use with a brain-computer interface

Grychtol, Bartlomiej and Lakany, Heba and Conway, Bernard A. (2009) A virtual reality wheelchair driving simulator for use with a brain-computer interface. In: Proceedings of the 5th UKRI PG Conference in Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics. IEEE UKRI EMBS, [Oxford], pp. 67-68.

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Abstract

For patients with extensive paralysis, autonomous control of an electric powered wheelchair (EPW) is very difficult. Recent developments in brain-computer interfaces (BCI) suggest that BCI systems could provide an effective strategy for wheelchair control. Our goal is to build a BCI-controlled EPW to provide paralysed subjects with a means of autonomous mobility. This requires a safe testbed on which trials and user training are conducted. This paper presents an extendible virtual environment simulator of an EPW to fulfil that purpose. It combines the features of simulators used in robotics with those built for training and evaluation of prospective wheelchair users.