Graph-Based Transfer Learning for Managing Brain Signals Variability in NIRS-Based BCIs

  • Sami Dalhoumi
  • Gérard Derosiere
  • Gérard Dray
  • Jacky Montmain
  • Stéphane Perrey
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 443)


One of the major limitations to the use of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) based on near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) in realistic interaction settings is the long calibration time needed before every use in order to train a subject-specific classifier. One way to reduce this calibration time is to use data collected from other users or from previous recording sessions of the same user as a training set. However, brain signals are highly variable and using heterogeneous data to train a single classifier may dramatically deteriorate classification performance. This paper proposes a transfer learning framework in which we model brain signals variability in the feature space using a bipartite graph. The partitioning of this graph into sub-graphs allows creating homogeneous groups of NIRS data sharing similar spatial distributions of explanatory variables which will be used to train multiple prediction models that accurately transfer knowledge between data sets.


Brain-computer interface (BCI) near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) brain signals variability transfer learning bipartite graph partitioning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sami Dalhoumi
    • 1
  • Gérard Derosiere
    • 2
  • Gérard Dray
    • 1
  • Jacky Montmain
    • 1
  • Stéphane Perrey
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire d’Informatique et d’Ingénierie de Production (LGI2P)Ecole des Mines d’Alès Parc Scientifique G. BesseNîmesFrance
  2. 2.Movement to Health (M2H)Montpellier 1-University, EuromovMontpellierFrance

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