Decoding movement time-course from ecog using deep learning and implications for bidirectional brain-computer interfacing
Brain computer interfaces are a growing research field producing many implementations that find various uses in research and medical practice and everyday life. Despite the popularity of the implementations using non-invasive neuroimaging methods, radical improvement in the state channel bandwidth and, thus, decoding accuracy is only possible by using invasive techniques. Electrocorticography (ECoG) is a minimally invasive neuroimaging modality that provides highly informative brain activity signals and entails the use of machine learning methods to efficiently decipher the complex spatial-temporal cortical representation of motor and cognitive function. Deep learning techniques is the family of machine learning methods that allow to learn representations of data with multiple levels of abstraction. We hypothesized that the deep learning would allow to reach higher accuracy in the task of decoding movement timecourse than it is possible with traditional signal processing approaches.