Drexel University

College of Computing and Informatics

Neuroergonomic Autonomous BCI controlled Wheelchair for in-house use

The purpose of this thesis project is to develop a Brain Computer interface controlled autonomous wheelchair for in-house navigation targeted towards people with ALS
ALS, or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a neuromuscular disease causing severe motor deficits and loss of mobility. Although there are several existing assistive technologies which help people with ALS (pALS) maintain some type of motion around the house, it becomes increasingly difficult for pALS to use these technologies as the disease progresses which leads to people becoming heavily dependent on around the clock caregiver help. 

In an effort to give pALS some of their lost autonomy back, this thesis deals with the development of an autonomous plug-and-play module for power-wheelchairs allowing them to become fully autonomous requiring only high level command inputs from the user. The inputs are received via a Brain computer interface using an EEG P300 modified selection matrix. Brain computer interface (BCI) technology is an alternate communication option for individuals with neuromuscular impairments.

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