Professor Riccardo Poli, co-founder and co-director of the BCI-NE laboratory, has been very successful at developing BCIs to improve decision-making and has received major funding from the Ministry of Defence since 2013 and is leading two large US-UK projects co-funded by the US Department of Defence worth $16.5m.
Commenting on the new lab, Professor Poli said: “We are extremely grateful for the support the School and the University have given the BCI-NE group over the years since its inception 15 years ago. The group has been able to grow and attract talent very successfully over this period.”
Professor Reinhold Scherer, fellow co-director of the laboratory, is world leader in BCI research with extensive experience in developing applications to improve the quality of life for individuals with cognitive and motor disabilities, including those affected by stroke, cerebral palsy, and other neurological disorders. He added: “With the new lab up and running we can now start a new era in BCI-NE research at Essex.
“We are fortunate to have many talented lab members, committed and inquiring students, and an engaging interdisciplinary university environment. This enables us to think ‘outside the box’ and ask the right research questions. Coupled with the ability to provide researchers access to state-of-the-art facilities, we aim to take on a leading position in the research community.”