Research Group

Brain-Computer Interfaces and Neural Engineering

An experiment being carried out in the Brain-Computer Interfaces lab

The brain-computer interfaces and neural engineering research group specialises in non-invasive research to develop brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) and expand our understanding of the brain.

BCIs are based on the recording of brain signals. By studying and translating these signals, we can understand how humans can control devices and technology such as computers or robots. Translating brain signals effectively can improve technology such as artificial limbs, wheelchairs, and eye-sensor equipment.

Our research looks at a broad range of BCI applications, including (but not limited to):

  • Spelling and cursor control.
  • Computational neuroscience.
  • Rehabilitation engineering (including prosthetic control).
  • Peripheral nerve interfaces.
  • Integration of brain stimulation with BCI to provide novel therapies
  • BCIs that assist individual and group decision-making, and human-AI teaming.

Our work has been funded by the Ministry of Defence, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the US Department of Defence, and Horizon 2020, among others.

Based in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at the University of Essex, the BCI-NE Lab includes state-of-the-art EEG systems, Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) systems, eye trackers and a variety of neurostimulators.

Further information

Visit the Essex Brain-Computer Interface and Neural Engineering Lab website.

Related courses

Our academics

Dr Caterina Cinel

Group member

School for Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Dr Luca Citi

Group member

School for Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Dr Ian Daly

Group member

School for Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Professor John Gan

Group member

School for Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Dr Sebastian Halder

Group member

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Dr Alba Garcia Seco De Herrera

Group member

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Dr Delaram Jarchi

Group member

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Dr Junhua LI

Group member

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Dr Ana Matran-Fernandez

Group member

Institute of Analytics and Data Science, University of Essex

Dr Dimitri Ognibene

Group member

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Dr Serafeim Perdikis

Group member

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Dr Haider Raza

Group member

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Professor Reinhold Scherer

Group member

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Professor Francisco Sepulveda

Group member

School for Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex