The Wadsworth Center brain-computer interface (BCI) research and development program

IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2003 Jun;11(2):204-7. doi: 10.1109/TNSRE.2003.814442.


Brain-computer interface (BCI) research at the Wadsworth Center has focused primarily on using electroencephalogram (EEG) rhythms recorded from the scalp over sensorimotor cortex to control cursor movement in one or two dimensions. Recent and current studies seek to improve the speed and accuracy of this control by improving the selection of signal features and their translation into device commands, by incorporating additional signal features, and by optimizing the adaptive interaction between the user and system. In addition, to facilitate the evaluation, comparison, and combination of alternative BCI methods, we have developed a general-purpose BCI system called BCI-2000 and have made it available to other research groups. Finally, in collaboration with several other groups, we are developing simple BCI applications and are testing their practicality and long-term value for people with severe motor disabilities.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Academic Medical Centers
  • Adult
  • Algorithms
  • Artifacts
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Brain / physiopathology
  • Brain Mapping / methods*
  • Electroencephalography / methods*
  • Evoked Potentials, Visual / physiology*
  • Feedback
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Nervous System Diseases / rehabilitation
  • Research Design
  • User-Computer Interface*
  • Visual Perception / physiology