Continuous shared control for stabilizing reaching and grasping with brain-machine interfaces.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Research on brain-machine interfaces (BMI's) is directed toward enabling paralyzed individuals to manipulate their environment through slave robots. Even for able-bodied individuals, using a robot to reach and grasp objects in unstructured environments can be a difficult telemanipulation task. Controlling the slave directly with neural signals instead of a hand-master adds further challenges, such as uncertainty about the intended trajectory coupled with a low update rate for the command signal. To address these challenges, a continuous shared control (CSC) paradigm is introduced for BMI where robot sensors produce reflex-like reactions to augment brain-controlled trajectories. To test the merits of this approach, CSC was implemented on a 3-degree-of-freedom robot with a gripper bearing three co-located range sensors. The robot was commanded to follow eighty-three reach-and-grasp trajectories estimated previously from the outputs of a population of neurons recorded from the brain of a monkey. Five different levels of sensor-based reflexes were tested. Weighting brain commands 70% and sensor commands 30% produced the best task performance, better than brain signals alone by more than seven-fold. Such a marked performance improvement in this test case suggests that some level of machine autonomy will be an important component of successful BMI systems in general.

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Cited Authors

  • Kim, HK; Biggs, SJ; Schloerb, DW; Carmena, JM; Lebedev, MA; Nicolelis, MAL; Srinivasan, MA

Published Date

  • June 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 53 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1164 - 1173

PubMed ID

  • 16761843

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0018-9294

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/TBME.2006.870235


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States