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US Army Research Lab Funds Brain-Computer Interface Projects; Liyi Dai Comments

research and development RDThe U.S. Army Research Laboratory is funding two projects under the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative to address challenges of brain-computer interface, a technology that could help revolutionize communication among military servicemen on the battlefield, Army Technology Magazine reported May 1.

Scientists working on the first project seek to build a prototype that gathers real-time recordings of brain movements to detect attention and covert speech, while the other research initiative aims to develop computational algorithms that could be used to draw out biomarkers associated with brain signals used to determine imagined speech, Jenna Brady writes.

“Progress in BCI-based communication is potentially of great importance to the warfighter because BCIs would eliminate the intermediate steps required in traditional human-machine interfaces,” said Dr. Liyi Dai, program manager in the computer sciences division at ARL’s Army Research Office.

“Having a soldier gain the ability to communicate without any overt movement would be invaluable both in the battlefield as well as in combat casualty care.”

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