Brain–Computer Interfaces for Detection and Localization of Targets in Aerial Images

Ana Matran-Fernandez, Riccardo Poli
2017 IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering  
Objective. The N2pc event-related potential (ERP) appears on the opposite side of the scalp with respect to the visual hemisphere where an object of interest is located. We explored the feasibility of using it to extract information on the spatial location of targets in aerial images shown by means of a rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP) protocol using single-trial classification. Methods. Images were shown to 11 participants at a presentation rate of 5 Hz while recording
more » ... g electroencephalographic signals. With the resulting ERPs we trained linear classifiers for singletrial detection of target presence and location. We analysed the classifiers' decisions and their raw output scores on independent test sets as well as the averages and voltage distributions of the ERPs. Results. The N2pc is elicited in RSVP presentation of complex images and can be recognised in single trials (the median area under the receiver operating characteristic curve was 0.76 for left vs right classification). Moreover, the peak amplitude of this ERP correlates with the horizontal position of the target within an image. The N2pc varies significantly depending on handedness, and these differences can be used for discriminating participants in terms of their preferred hand. Conclusion and Significance. The N2pc is elicited during RSVP presentation of real complex images and contains analogue information that can be used to roughly infer the horizontal position of targets. Furthermore, differences in the N2pc due to handedness should be taken into account when creating collaborative brain-computer interfaces. Index Terms-Brain-computer interfaces, N2pc, P300, rapid serial visual presentation, handedness.
doi:10.1109/tbme.2016.2583200 pmid:27337711 fatcat:6z2xum7iwjfcpm2gh5pq3wrolu