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Nagle's is the first brain-machine interface (BMI) to be placed inside a human brain. The earliest BMIs were developed in animals, and systems that read. A brain–computer interface (BCI), sometimes called a direct neural interface or a brain–machine interface, is a direct communication pathway between a brain. Brain-machine interfaces promise to aid paralyzed patients by re-routing A second study, in monkeys, shows that brain-machine interfaces can operate at high speed, greatly increasing their clinical potential. This Nature Full Text | PDF.
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Top of page. Extra navigation. Because of these foreseen difficulties in the straightforward implementation of an artificial position sense, we chose a simpler and more feasible approach in which stimulation of S1 is not initially coupled to the orientation of the limb position, but instead represents 3D spatial locations to which the subject is required to reach. In this approach, the subject starts with learning how ICMS of cortical somatotopic representations of the body is mapped to a 3D space.
Once the learning of such mapping is perfected, the same ICMS pattern is used to represent the spatial location of the endpoint of a prosthetic limb, fulfilling the goal of providing a limb neuroprosthetic with a position sense. This experimental design bears similarity to the studies on sensory substitution in which visual information was conveyed by the stimulation of skin surfaces, 45 — 47 with the difference that, instead of using peripheral receptors as the entry point for the artificial sensory channel, we opted to deliver the information directly to the somatosensory cortex or thalamus.
We expect that similarly to sensory substitution using peripheral stimulation, training with stimulation of the somatosensory areas of the brain would eventually give rise to an artificial position sense that represents external space. Furthermore, we expect that as such position sense becomes coupled to the position of a virtual image of a monkey arm monkey avatar , monkeys will develop an artificial proprioception sense capable of guiding their movements thereafter.
ICMS acts on both fibers and neurons, and neurons in the stimulated area may become inhibited instead of being excited. To explore an alternative method for sensorizing neuroprosthetics, we have started to design a cortical multichannel stimulator based on optogenetics—a new technique for the stimulation of neurons.
Optogenetics is based on genetically modified ion channels that respond directly to light. It also allows for finer control of the spatial pattern of activation.
We expect that multichannel optogenetic stimulation combined with multichannel neuronal recordings will allow us to develop an artificial position sense in monkeys and to study the neuronal mechanisms involved in it.
Bi-directional BMIs based on such a design would be superior to current designs in both the specificity and long-term performance of the sensory loop and the quality of neuronal recordings.
We are currently building a prototype optogenetic implant that will simultaneously sample the activity of cortical neuronal ensembles and deliver complex stimulation patterns through multichannel optogenetic stimulation of cortical sensory areas. Our optogenetic arrays consist of both recording electrodes and fibers for optical stimulation. This design uses a novel light delivery system in which light pulses from a laser are directed onto a Digital Micromirror Device.
These DMD chips consist of over , individually movable micrometer size mirrors.
Depending on the alignment of these mirrors, they will either allow the light to bypass the chip or reflect it into the components of a multicore fiberoptic, therefore allowing incredibly sophisticated patterns of activation.
The multicore fibers consist of 30, individual strands. A number of these strands will be attached to movable electrode shafts allowing them to penetrate deep into the cortical columnar structure, thus negating the problem of light scatter by the tissue and allow very specific targeting of individual neurons. We expect that implanted animals will learn to use the spatiotemporal optogenetic stimulation delivered to their S1 as BMI feedback.
We will integrate this artificial sensory channel into our real-time BMI system, in which monkeys control the movements of primate virtual bodies, known as avatars, directly by brain activity while receiving sensory input through spatiotemporal optogenetic stimulation. Future BMIs will have to generate bimanual functionality. In their truest sense, bimanual movements are temporally and spatially coordinated movements of both upper limbs.
The starting point in developing a bimanual BMI is to understand the underlying cortical processes. Bimanual processes activate different subsets of neurons than unimanual tasks. Unimanual movement initiation and coordination have often been shown to be correlated to neural activity in the contralateral hemisphere of the motor cortex. However, in tasks involving both arms, activated cortical areas are less clearly defined and have greater interhemispheric interactions.
Interhemispheric connections of premotor regions have been the subject of several investigations, and several findings point to the fact that these regions exhibit much greater interhemispheric connectivity than M1. In our bimanual BMI experiment, monkeys have to move two avatar hands within an initial target that appears in the center of the screen. When this task is learned, the monkey will learn a similar behavior, except that two peripheral targets will appear, and the monkeys will have to guide each avatar hand to the separate targets.
We expect that monkeys will eventually learn to control such bimanual movements through a BMI, without engaging any overt movements of their limbs. Except for a few studies, 24 , 61 , 62 virtually no attempts have been made to translate BMI technology to tasks enacting motor functionality of lower extremities.
Yet, deficits or the complete loss of the ability to walk present a considerable problem. Such deficits commonly result from spinal cord injury, 63 — 65 neurologic diseases 66 , 67 and limb loss. Such neuroprosthetic devices would clearly have a major impact on the community of patients suffering from leg paralysis. In our treadmill locomotion setup, rhesus macaques walked bipedally on a custom modified treadmill.
Leg kinematics and electromyographies EMGs of leg muscles were reconstructed from neuronal ensemble activity in real time using the Wiener filter.
Extraction of neural information performed separately for different cortical areas showed that walking parameters could be predicted using neuronal activity recorded in either M1 or S1 contralateral to the right leg, as well as ipsilateral M1.
In these experiments, neuronal ensemble activity was simultaneously recorded from all channels. Using the locomotion setup, we also demonstrated real-time BMI control of bipedal walking in a robot.
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The monkey received visual feedback of the robot's movements on a video screen. In addition to developing a BMI for bipedal locomotion, we have developed a proof of concept BMI for postural control.
We then applied BMI decoders to extract information about these changes from cortical ensemble activity. The platform was driven either rhythmically, allowing the animal to anticipate the upcoming perturbation, or with a random time delay between movements so that the animal was unable to predict when the next movement would come.
Similarly to our treadmill experiments, single unit analysis of the neural activity showed that a vast majority of cortical neurons mostly in M1 and S1 representations of the legs were highly modulated in association with compensatory postural reactions.
These modulations were directionally tuned: neuronal rates changed differently depending on the direction of platform displacement. The BMI decoder based on a linear model predicted postural disturbances with good signal-to-noise ratios. Importantly, the decoder yielded different results depending on anticipated versus unanticipated platform displacements. Model parameters were different in these two cases, and anticipated displacements were predicted with higher accuracy than anticipated.
These results show the feasibility of a BMI for restoration of upright posture. The concrete implementation of such a BMI should be based on shared control rather than relying solely on cortical modulations for postural control. Robotic orthoses 73 — 75 and functional electrical stimulation FES devices 76 — 79 have been introduced as therapies for leg paralysis. FES devices for the lower extremities date back to the s when the first FES application to restore standing was developed.
Also in the s, FES of the common peroneal nerve was used to correct foot drop during the swing phase of the gait. Additionally, such systems require manual actuation by the user, resulting in a limited and arguably non-intuitive way to restore leg function.
Building on our success in BMIs that enact bipedal locomotion and postural control, we are currently developing a cortically driven FES system for the restoration of walking. This novel BMI will be tested in a monkey model of bipedal walking. Our objective is to build a BMI-driven FES system that produces bipedal locomotion patterns by converting cortical ensemble activity into stimulation patterns that drive leg muscles. We suggest that BMI control over bipedal locomotion can be established by recording large-scale cortical activity from the sensorimotor cortex, extracting locomotion patterns from the raw cortical signals and converting them into trains of FES applied to multiple leg muscles.
We propose the development of a whole-body BMI in which neuronal ensemble activity recorded from multiple cortical areas in rhesus monkeys controls the actuators that enact movements of both upper and lower extremities. In these experiments we will also examine the plasticity of neuronal ensemble properties caused by their involvement in the whole-body BMI control and the ability of cortical ensembles to adapt to represent novel external actuators.
Furthermore, we will also explore the ability of an animal to navigate a virtual environment using both physical and neural control that engages both the upper and lower limbs.
The first phase of these experiments will be to train the animals to walk in a bipedal manner on a treadmill while assisting the navigation with a hand steering control. We have already built a virtual environment needed for the monkey to navigate using 3D visualization software. Within this environment, the monkey's body is represented by a life-like avatar. This representation is viewed in the third person by the monkey and employs real-world inverse kinematics to move, allowing the avatar's limbs to move in close relation to the experimental animal.
Initially, the direction that the avatar is facing will be dictated by the monkey moving a handlebar with its hands. As the animal moves the handlebar left or right, the avatar will rotate in the corresponding direction. The avatar's legs will mimic the exact motion of the monkey's legs on the treadmill. The simplest task will be for the animal to simply move the avatar forward to an object that represents a reward, a virtual fruit.
Virtual fruits will appear at different angular positions relative to the monkey, which will let us measure the neuronal representation of navigation direction and modulations in cortical arm representation related to the steering.
The monkey will have to make several steps while steering in the required direction to approach a virtual reward and to obtain an actual reward. The next set of experiments will allow the animal to control the virtual BMI in a manner similar to how we anticipate that the eventual application will be used: with no active movement of the subject's body parts.
The animals will use the neural control of the environment to obtain rewards when they are seated in a monkey chair. We expect that the monkey will be able to generate periodic neural modulations associated with individual steps of the avatar even though it does not perform any actual steps with its own legs. Finally, we will use the algorithms developed in these experiments to control a full-body monkey exoskeleton in a non-human primate which has been subjected to a spinal cord anesthetic block to produce a temporary and reversible state of quadriplegia.
This exoskeleton will encase the monkey's arms and legs. It will be attached to the monkey using bracelets molded in the shape of the monkey's limbs. A full body exoskeleton prototype will be utilized.
The basic design and controller will be based on the humanoid robot, Computational Brain CB. In BMI mode, the exoskeleton will guide the monkey's limbs with smooth motions while at the same time monitoring its range of motions to ensure it is within the safety limits.
This demonstration will provide the first prototype of a neural prosthetic device that would allow paralyzed people to walk again. Recent studies suggest that BMIs have the potential to restore mobility to both upper and lower extremities and to enable a range of motor tasks, from arm reaching and grasping, to bipedal locomotion and balance. We envision that multidisciplinary BMI research will lead to the creation of whole-body neural prosthetic devices aimed at restoring full, essential mobility functions to paralyzed patients.
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Motor cortical responsiveness to attempted movements in tetraplegia: evidence from neuroelectrical imaging.The aim of this block is to bring the signals into a suitable form for further processing. At the DUCN, the unscented Kalman filter was tested in a BMI that enacted arm reaching movements and achieved significantly better accuracy as compared to the Kalman filter, the Wiener filter, the population vector method, and the stochastic state point process filter.
For example, Gert Pfurtscheller of Graz University of Technology and colleagues demonstrated a BCI-controlled functional electrical stimulation system to restore upper extremity movements in a person with tetraplegia due to spinal cord injury. SNR can be further improved via time averaging, but this slows down the movements. Normally, such positional signals are provided by the afferents of muscles, joints and skin.
The cats were shown eight short movies, and their neuron firings were recorded. Developments BrainGate: Below we discuss these key BMI components in more detail. Although EEG-based interfaces are easy to wear and do not require surgery, they have relatively poor spatial resolution and cannot effectively use higher-frequency signals because the skull dampens signals, dispersing and blurring the electromagnetic waves created by the neurons.
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