DECODER is an European project that deploys Brain-Computer-Interfaces (BCI) for the detection of consciousness in nonresponsive patients. The DECODER team develops an assessment battery that supports an exact diagnosis of the state of consciousness by a variety of auditory, visual, tactile and mental stimulation paradigms. The response of the patient to these stimulation methods is evaluated using modern imaging technologies.
With the developed hard- and software, the risk of misdiagnosis in non-responsive patients (currently estimated up to 40 %) shall be significantly lowered. In addition, a simple communication device which can be used by patients even in a minimal conscious state is developed. DECODER started in February 2010.
Future BNCI is a project devoted to helping BCI research and the BCI research community. It is exploring future directions with BCIs and a newly emerging class of systems called BNCIs.
TOBI designs non-invasive BCI prototypes that are combined with existing assistive technologies and rehabilitation protocols. In such a hybrid approach users can couple brain interaction with muscle-based interaction or can naturally switch between different ways of interacting.