Decoding finger flexion from electrocorticographic signals using sparse Gaussian process.

TitleDecoding finger flexion from electrocorticographic signals using sparse Gaussian process.
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference2010
AuthorsWang, Z, Ji, Q, Miller, KJ, Schalk, G
Conference NameInternational Conference on Pattern Recognition - ICPR
Abstract A brain-computer interface (BCI) creates a direct communication pathway between the brain and an external device, and can thereby restore function in people with severe motor disabilities. A core component in a BCI system is the decoding algorithm that translates brain signals into action commands of an output device. Most of current decoding algorithms are based on linear models (e.g., derived using linear regression) that may have important shortcomings. The use of nonlinear models (e.g., neural networks) could overcome some of these shortcomings, but has difficulties with high dimensional feature spaces. Here we propose another decoding algorithm that is based on the sparse gaussian process with pseudo-inputs (SPGP). As a nonparametric method, it can model more complex relationships compared to linear methods. As a kernel method, it can readily deal with high dimensional feature space. The evaluations shown in this paper demonstrate that SPGP can decode the flexion of finger movements from electrocorticographic (ECoG) signals more accurately than a previously described algorithm that used a linear model. In addition, by formulating problems in the bayesian probabilistic framework, SPGP can provide estimation of the prediction uncertainty. Furthermore, the trained SPGP offers a very effective way for identifying important features.

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