IC03: 1/2day - Using Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) as an Access Method

Date: Thursday, July 12, 2018
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Instructors: Theresa Vaughan, Debra Zeitlin, Peggy Dellea, Marcia Scherer, David Goldberg
  Early Bird
(Open to
June 8)
(June 9 to
July 2)
(July 3 to
July 15)
Member $160 $190 $205
Non-Member $210 $260 $270
Student $160 $160 $160
Primary Subject Area: ACT: Access and Communication Technology
Content Level: All Levels: Beginner (0-2 yrs. experience), Intermediate (2-5 yrs. experience), Advanced (5+ yrs. experience)
A BCI can give communication and control technology that does not depend on neuromuscular output to people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other severe neuromuscular disease. The purpose of this Course is to familiarize participants with current BCI methods and to provide hands on experience with BCI technology as an access method for Tobii Dynavox Communicator 5 and other strictly Microsoft Active Accessibility (MSAA) compliant software. Assistive Technology products work with MSAA enabled applications in order to provide better access for individuals who have physical or cognitive difficulties, impairments, or disabilities.


Potomac Room III, Ballroom Level

How to Register

This course is being offered during the pre-conference session of RESNA 2018. A separate fee is required for all pre-conference sessions. To register, click on the "Registration" and choose one of the following options:
  • Full Conference with Pre-Conference Option - if you wish to register for this course as well as the full, three-day conference
  • One-Day Conference (Wed., Thurs., or Fri.) with Pre-Conference Option - if you wish to register for this course as well as one day of the conference
  • Pre-Conference Only - if you wish to only register for this course
Please note that this course may be cancelled if registration numbers are low.


Registration Deadline : Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 12:00am
Learning Outcomes: 
  1. Participants will become familiarize with BCI device software and hardware
  2. Participants will learn how a BCI for communication and control operates
  3. Participants will become familiar with MSAA compliant software
  4. Participants will become familiar with the EEG and learn how to doff and don an EEG cap.

Course Sections: 
Day/Time Goal Materials and Methods Faculty
Introduction to BCI 8:30 -10:30 am Familiarize Group with the current State of BCI research for communication and control and for rehabilitation and place it in context of Matching Persons with Technology projector, screen, laptop Trainees: manual, paper, pen. Lecture, Q &A, discussion Scherer, Dellea, and Zeitlin
Break: 10:30 - 10:45 am
Signals 10:45 am -12:00 pm
  • Familiarize trainees with electrical signals from the brain
  • Understand basic EEG waking rhythms
  • Understand the generation of ERPs and how they differ from EEG rhythms
  • Artifacts

Projector, screen, laptop Trainees: manual, paper, pen. 

  • 5-7 BCI devices with supply kits (unassembled)
  • Attendees will be asked to pair up.
Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Cap Demo 1:00 – 1:30 pm   Projector, screen Cap, EEG supplies Trainees: manual, paper, pen Dellea
Evaluation, 1:30-3:00 pm
Assembling Hardware, Starting the BCI, Calibrating the system
Testing Calibration
Using Communicator 5
Projector, screen
Cap, EEG supplies
5-7 BCI devices with supply kits and BCI system (unassembled)
Trainees: manual, paper, pen
All Faculty
Break: 3:00 - 3:15 pm
Partner change seats. Continue Session C. See above All Faculty
Wednesday night Picnic at Theresa’s: Set up system
  Open Q&A Vaughan


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