On Monday, January 27th, our weekly colloquium series began with a visit from Theresa Vaughan, from the National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies, Wadsworth Center and Andrew Geronimo, from the Department of Neurosurgery, Penn State College of Medicine.
Theresa is a research scientist with more than 25 years of experience focused specifically on brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) as new communication channels for people with severe motor disabilities. She has played a leadership role in the development and testing of hardware and BCI software; the development of training materials for therapists, caregivers, and users. She has also supervised the first-ever large scale trial of independent home use of a BCI by people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Andrew is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Penn State Hershey. His research interests broadly encompass the development of technology for the diagnosis, care, and well-being of individuals with neurological diseases. Much of his work is focused on individuals with ALS, where he has studied BCI assistive communication devices, tracked the use and efficacy or telehealth and developed tele monitoring tools for remote measurement of respiratory and ambulatory health.
During their visit, they introduced us to their research and development work in brain computer interface for individuals with severe speech and motor impairments. They also provided a demonstration of how BCIs can be used to support communication.
Many thanks to Theresa and Andrew for sharing their innovative work and for introducing us to the power of BCI technology!