The Berlin Brain-Computer Interface: Progress Beyond Communication and Control

Front Neurosci. 2016 Nov 21;10:530. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2016.00530. eCollection 2016.


The combined effect of fundamental results about neurocognitive processes and advancements in decoding mental states from ongoing brain signals has brought forth a whole range of potential neurotechnological applications. In this article, we review our developments in this area and put them into perspective. These examples cover a wide range of maturity levels with respect to their applicability. While we assume we are still a long way away from integrating Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) technology in general interaction with computers, or from implementing neurotechnological measures in safety-critical workplaces, results have already now been obtained involving a BCI as research tool. In this article, we discuss the reasons why, in some of the prospective application domains, considerable effort is still required to make the systems ready to deal with the full complexity of the real world.

Keywords: Brain-Computer Interfacing (BCI); cognitive neuroscience; covert user states; electroencephalography (EEG); implicit information; machine learning; mental workload; video quality.

Publication types

  • Review