China opens lab focused on brain-machine interaction

China opens lab focused on brain-machine interaction

China has recently inaugurated a laboratory dedicated to the investigation of the interaction between the human brain and machines and whose research “will cover all fields and all scales, from the microscopic to the macroscopic”.

The facility, located in the northeastern city of Tianjin, is intended to establish a channel of connection between the human brain and computers or other electronic devices that do not rely on conventional brain information, according to Science and Technology Daily, an agency of the Ministry of Science and Technology.

A field for the future

The lab, run by the Tianjin Municipal Government with the collaboration of Tianjin University and private companies, is expected to become “an important source of independent innovation” in the field of human-computer interaction.

Advances in this sector are expected to play a decisive role in the medical field for the rehabilitation of disabled patients and in assisting the disabled, enabling some patients to regain autonomous control of their brains

The deputy director of the Tianjin Laboratory Agency, Ding Ruiqing, told the aforementioned media outlet that “the biggest impediment to the development of human-computer interaction technology is innovation in key technologies.”

“We must solve this impasse to make progress,” he added.

According to Ding, EEG recognition accuracy in the lab has reached the “highest international level.”

Some human-machine interaction techniques are based on the EEG and computers that can translate it into commands. EFE

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Daniel Chapman