Brain-Computer Interfaces Topic of AAAS Talk

Brain Computer Interface

Univ. of Kansas professor shares thoughts

Brain-computer interfaces promise to restore communication for individuals with speech and physical impairments. While current brain computer interfaces share high-tech features such as conventional augmentative and alternative communication systems, choosing the “right” brain-computer interface that maximizes reliability of the neural control signal and minimizes fatigue and frustration is critical.

Jonathan Brumberg, assistant professor of speech-language-hearing at the University of Kansas, presented on this subject last weekend at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., demonstrating a variety of brain-computer interfaces in his talk, “Evolution in Technology to Aid and Restore Communication.”

Joined by Aimee Dietz of the University of Cincinnati and Cathy Binger of the University of New Mexico, Brumberg discussed methods of alternative communication that can help people overcome any difficulties in speech or other forms of communication. At the same time, the panel offers caution against an overreliance on technology, or the idea that there’s “an App for everything.”

To learn more, visit the AAAS’ website dedicated to this past weekend’s annual meeting.

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