Brain-Computer Interface Race (BCI)
In the BCI Race, pilots will use brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) to control avatars in a specially developed computer game.
Brain-computer interfaces can read your mind! Today’s BCIs can measure brain signals anyway, and there are plans to develop this technology further so that in future it will allow people with quadriplegia to control different kinds of devices, e.g., computers, robotic arms, and wheelchairs. The BCI race will test the reliability and precision of this technology in a virtual game.
The pilots participating in the BCI race have complete or severe loss of motor function (i.e. paralysis) at the neck level due to a spinal cord injury (SCI), stroke, neurological disease, or another trauma. Most teams will use electroencephalography (EEG) to detect brain signals; however, other methods, such as near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), are allowed.