Visual Motion Imagery Classification with Deep Neural Network based on Functional Connectivity

03/04/2021
by   Byoung-Hee Kwon, et al.
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Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) use brain signals such as electroencephalography to reflect user intention and enable two-way communication between computers and users. BCI technology has recently received much attention in healthcare applications, such as neurorehabilitation and diagnosis. BCI applications can also control external devices using only brain activity, which can help people with physical or mental disabilities, especially those suffering from neurological and neuromuscular diseases such as stroke and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Motor imagery (MI) has been widely used for BCI-based device control, but we adopted intuitive visual motion imagery to overcome the weakness of MI. In this study, we developed a three-dimensional (3D) BCI training platform to induce users to imagine upper-limb movements used in real-life activities (picking up a cell phone, pouring water, opening a door, and eating food). We collected intuitive visual motion imagery data and proposed a deep learning network based on functional connectivity as a mind-reading technique. As a result, the proposed network recorded a high classification performance on average (71.05 applied the leave-one-subject-out approach to confirm the possibility of improvements in subject-independent classification performance. This study will contribute to the development of BCI-based healthcare applications for rehabilitation, such as robotic arms and wheelchairs, or assist daily life.

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