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B-reactable Report Summary

Project reference: 303172
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE

Periodic Report Summary 1 - B-REACTABLE (B-reactable: multimodal tabletop system for collaborative physiology monitoring and training)

Rapid development within the biomedical engineering field, especially Brain-Neural-Computer Interaction (BNCI) area, provides a solid technological base for new applications aimed at improving health and quality of life. In this project, aimed at combining research and training components, Dr. Väljamäe will design, validate and optimize a novel multimodal system - B-Reactable - linking a tangible musical tabletop interface with BNCI technology for collaborative physiology monitoring and training in future health and professional applications. This interdisciplinary research project is based on the joint pilot work with Prof. Jorda, University of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona in 2010-11. The project is designed to be a vehicle for the training and consolidation of the research outcomes for further exploitation in the EU. In the envisioned B-Reactable applications, users will explicitly or implicitly learn to monitor and control their physiological signals using tangible objects, and hence, understand and influence their cognitive or emotional states.
During the first year of the project, Dr. Väljamäe worked at Department of Higher Nervous Activity and Psychophysiology, Saint Petersburg State University, collaborated with Russian Academy of Science (Sechenov Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and Biochemistry) and continued to collaborate with Sebastian Mealla and Sergi Jorda at MTG-UPF. The project started with the thorough published review of the available real-time EEG sonifications. At the same time, the additional experiments have been performed using methodology of 2011 where between-groups analysis showed that the experience brought by b-Reactable is stronger than the one of the conventional tangible interface (Reactable), and that fake physiology-based feedback significantly reduces “physipuck experiences”. Finally, a new study using alpha-theta neurofeedback showed that model based approach to sonification of EEG features can be successfully used. Hence, it was decided to deploy model-sonification approach in B-reactable prototype of the second year. As an EEG device, a 21-channel Mitsar amplifier from Saint Petersburg’s company has been selected and tested. Apart from the research results, the secondment period in Russia enriched the applicants set of physiology processing tools (e.g, WinEEG), and allowed to establish good connections with leading neuroscience labs in Moscow and Sankt Petersburg.
During the final year of the project, at Swedish Institute for Disability Research at Linköping University, Dr. Väljamäe and together with Prof. Västfjäll, the researcher will concentrate on the collective (two person) neurofeedback approach and its benefits as compared to the single user training. These studies will be targeting cognitive aging aiming at improving users quality of life and wellbeing.

Contact

Vastfjall, Daniel (Professor)
Tel.: +4613282059
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LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
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Record Number: 147988 / Last updated on: 2014-09-12
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