Clearing 2021

The BCI group have received funding from a range of bodies and organisations, including the Ministry of Defence, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and the US Department of Defense.

Our lab is currently involved in the following projects.

  • 2019-2023: Dr Luca Citi (PI), Dr Dimitri Ognibene and Dr Tom Foulsham (Co-Is), EU Horizon 2020 project entitled “POTION – Promoting social interaction through emotional body odours”.
  • 2018-2022: a prestigious 3-year grant under the US Department of Defence’s inaugural Bilateral Academic Research Initiative (BARI), for a project in partnership with the University of Southern California, the University of California Berkeley, Harvard University, University of Massachusetts Medical School and the University of Oxford. The project is entitled “Adaptive joint cognitive systems for complex and strategic decision making: building trust in human-machine teams through brain-computer-interface augmentation, social interaction and mutual learning”.  The Essex team is formed by Prof Riccardo Poli (PI and UK team leader), Dr Luca Citi (Co-I), Dr Caterina Cinel (Co-I) and two postdoctoral fellows. The UK partners in the project are funded by the UK Ministry of Defence. More details can be found in here.
  • 2016-2022: a prestigious 5-year grant under the US Department of Defence Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI), for a project in partnership with the University of Southern California, the University of California Berkeley, Harvard University, New York University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Imperial College London, and University College London. The project is entitled “Closed-Loop Multisensory Brain-Computer Interface for Enhanced Decision Accuracy” and it falls within the MURI theme “Modeling and Analysis of Multisensory Neural Information Processing for Direct Brain-Computer Communications”. The Essex team is formed by Prof Poli (PI and UK team leader), Prof Luca Citi (Co-I) and Dr Caterina Cinel and two research officers. The UK partners in the project will be funded by the UK Ministry of Defence through EPSRC. More details can be found in the University of Southern California press release.

Past projects

We have previously been involved in the following research projects.

  • 2017-2020: Professor Luca Citi (Lead Academic), Dr Spyros Samothrakis (Academic Supervisor), Prof Maria Fasli, Dr Ewan Speed, and Dr Audrey Guinchard (Support Academics), entitled “The design and development of a scalable, avatar based, digital healthcare platform, driven by AI and Machine Learning technology.”, Innovate UK – KTP grant with Orbital Media Ltd. Description: The University of Essex and Orbital Media, digital and social specialists, are developing photo realistic avatars who will use artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies to advise on self-treatable conditions such as colds, coughs, flu and hay fever.
  • 2016-2019: Riccardo Poli (PI), Caterina Cinel (Co-I), Davide Valeriani (Co-I) and Luca Citi (Co-I), entitled “Brain-computer-interface-assisted confidence estimation for group decision making, group selection and personnel training”. The project is funded by the UK Ministry of Defence through the Defence Human Capability Science and Technology Centre (DHCSTC, see below).
  • 2016-2018: Luca Citi (PI), EPSRC project EP/N031806/1 entitled “Decoding the neural drive for finer and more intuitive control of a myoelectric robotic hand”.
  • 2016-2020: Luca Citi (PI), Riccardo Poli (Co-I) and Francisco Sepulveda (Co-I), Horizon 2020 project ““DeTOP: Dexterous Transradial Osseointegrated Prosthesis with neural control and sensory feedback”.
  • 2016-2020: Luca Citi (PI) and Riccardo Poli (Co-I), Horizon 2020 project “NEVERMIND: neuro-behavioural predictive and personalised modelling of depressive symptoms during primary somatic diseases”.
  • 2015-2018: Francisco Sepulveda, EPSRC project “Enabling Technologies for Sensory Feedback in Next-Generation Assistive Devices”.
  • 2015-2016: John Gan (PI), UKIERI project (in collaboration with Tezpur University in India) “BCI Integrated Collaborative Control of a Cognitively Enhanced Smart Wheelchair”.
  • 2013-2017: Riccardo Poli and Caterina Cinel, DSTL National PhD grant “Improving group decision making with collaborative Brain Computer Interfaces” to support Davide Valeriani’s research.
  • 2012-2014: Riccardo Poli and Francisco Sepulveda (co-investigators, K. McDonald-Maier, PI), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grant “Global – engagement with NASA JPL and ESA in Robotics, Brain Computer Interfaces, and Secure Adaptive Systems for Space Applications RoBoSAS”.
  • 2008-2011: Riccardo Poli and Francisco Sepulveda have been awarded an EPSRC grant. The project was on “Analogue Evolutionary Brain Computer Interfaces”.
  • 2006-2009: John Gan (PI) and Francisco Sepulveda (Co-I), EPSRC project (in collaboration with Oxford University) “AABAC: Adaptive Asynchronous Brain-Actuated Control”.
  • 2005-2007: The EPSRC project entitled ‘Mining for Novel Signatures in Multi-Channel EEG for Brain-Computer Interfaces’.
  • 2005: The BCI group was granted £273,000.00 from SRIF3 to build new lab facilities. In addition to this, the Comp. Sci. Dept. has given us a 70m2 area for the new lab.
  • 2004: John Gan has been awarded an EPSRC Overseas Travel Grant for the project “Translating Brain Waves into Control Commands” for supporting a 3-month visit to Graz BCI.