Cybathlon-Team Athena-Minerva

Welcome to the homepage of our Cybathlon Team! We are a group of ten motivated students from the TU Darmstadt that will participate in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in the Cybathlon 2016 for the first international Brain-Computer Interface race.

What is the Cybathlon?

On October 8, 2016, Switzerland will host the first international competition starring disabled pilots (parathletes) assisted by advanced future bionic technologies: The Cybathlon 2016.

In contrast to other parathletic competitions where assistive technologies are required to not provide an unfair advantage for the parathletes, the Cybathlon encourages such enhanced technologies to present advances and push research in bionic systems even further. The Cybathlon will host six disciplines and we aim to participate together with our pilots in one of these disciplines, namely the Brain Computer Interface Race (BCI Race). In this discipline, "Paragamers" from different teams across the world will compete against each other in a computer racing game. However - each pilot is required to control the racing avatar solely through his or her mind by connecting to a Brain-Computer Interface system that was developed by his or her team!

For more information concerning the Brain-Computer Interface race you may want to visit the homepage of the ETH Zurich and look into the details for this discipline. There, you will also find a list of all teams participating in the BCI race in 2016.

What are we doing?

Our team develops a noninvasive Brain-Computer Interface system that is able to interpret neuronal activity in the brain measured by Electroencephalographic (EEG) signals from the scalp. This will enable our pilots to play the game by only thinking at a desired command that is recognized by our BCI system and sent to the game. As brain activity differs between subjects, our pilots and their BCI systems will usually have to adapt to each other in individual training sessions in order to play and finally win the Cybathlon race. If you are interested in the topic of Brain-Computer interfacing, you may want to take a look into our brief introduction.

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