Designing Pervasive Brain-Computer Interfaces

  • Nithya Sambasivan
  • Melody Moore Jackson
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4799)


The following paper reports on a prototype Brain-computer Interface designed for pervasive control by paralyzed users. Our study indicates that current control and communication devices for users with severe physical disabilities restrict control and independence, offer little articulation and communication capabilities. Integrating multiple devices and services, our application is based on the functional Near-Infrared Imaging technology. Based on the overarching Value-sensitive design framework, our solution is informed by the usage patterns of technology, living habits and daily activities of the disabled users. By designing the context-aware pervasive control solution, we create a venue for communication, environmental control, recreation, assistance and expression among physically disabled patients. The evaluations results of the prototype are also discussed.


User-centered Design Value-sensitive Design Brain-computer Interfaces Pervasive Computing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nithya Sambasivan
    • 1
  • Melody Moore Jackson
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332United States

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