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This project takes Electroencephalography (EEG) data and correlates it with specific robotic actions. The process is implemented using a 3 phase system that includes EEG signal acquisition, data classification, and robotic action encoding. This project utilizes the Emotiv EPOC headset that uses 14 electrodes which detects brain activity and wirelessly transmits raw data to a personal computer. The project utilizes Emotiv software to classify and translate and encode this raw EEG signal into a command to control a robotic arm. This Brain Machine Interface (BMI) research has many potential applications; for example, it could help the handicapped use robots to complete various task, or help the user use only their mind to control multiple devices like Google Glass, cell phones, wheelchairs and air conditioners, etc.

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Vijayan Asari

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Electrical and Computer Engineering


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Brain Machine Interface for Controlling a Robotic Arm