WNCG Seminar: Brain-Machine Interface as a Symbiotic Threefold Learning Entity

Wednesday, June 08, 2022
EER 3.640/3.642 - ExxonMobil Longhorn Room

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) are systems able to translate human brain patterns into commands for robotic devices to restore independence of users suffering from severe motor disabilities. However, despite the flourishing of brain-actuated prototypes, after three decades of research, BMIs are still lacking practicable solutions for daily use by end-users. To date, traditional research approaches assuming that BMI should be treated only as a decoder tool, have not been able to face this translational challenge. During this seminar, I will propose a conceptual shift by considering BMI as a multi-agent learning entity where the three actors involved—user, decoder, and robotic device—must mutually learn from each other in order to achieve robust performances. In this context, the investigation of the learning interactions between the BMI actors becomes fundamental to ensure effective and reliable brain driven neuroprosthetics. Along these lines, I will describe the current and future directions of the research carried out at the Intelligent Autonomous Systems Lab of the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Padua.


Assistant Professor
University of Padova

Luca Tonin received the Ph.D. degree in robotics from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, in 2013. He is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Padova. His research is focused on exploring solutions to improve the translational impact of brain–machine interface (BMI)-driven robotics devices.  In 2016, Dr. Tonin won the first international Cybathlon paralympic event as a coleader of the BrainTweakers team (EPFL). In 2019 and 2020, Dr. Tonin won the Cybathlon BCI Series and the Cybathlon 2020 as a leader of the WHI Team (University of Padova).