Areas of Research in the Brain Engineering Research Center at IPM

1) Brain-Machine Interface (BMI)

We are currently working on using brain signals of humans and/or non-human primates (including EEG or Electrophysiological recordings) to control robotic platforms (such as robotic arms, prostheses, etc.). Our goal is to extract features of brain signals that represent the participant’s intentions, analyze them, and provide appropriate real-time commands for the mechatronic devices. We hope that with the collaborations of the involved neuroscientists, engineers, psychologists, etc., such studies would lead to understand more about the mechanisms of the brain and restore useful functions to individuals with special needs.

2) Social and Cognitive Robotics This line of research focuses on designing/using Social and Cognitive Robotics, Virtual Reality Systems, and Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) platforms for education and rehabilitation of children with special needs (e.g. children with autism). Our researches include robots’ design and fabrication, serious games’ design, artificial intelligence and control, conducting educational/clinical interventions for children, developing cognitive architectures for social robots, mathematical modeling of participants’ behaviors during HRI, and empowering robots to analyze users’ behaviors automatically and then react adaptively.

Our researches are being carried out in close collaboration with the Social and Cognitive Robotics Laboratory, Sharif University of Technology, Iran.

Keywords:  Social and Cognitive Robots, Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), Virtual Reality Systems, Children with special needs, Brain-Machine Interface (BMI).


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