fMRI based robotic embodiment: a pilot study

O. Cohen, S. Druon, S. Lengagne, A. Mendelsohn, R. Malach, A. Kheddar, D. Friedman
Date of publication: 
IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob)

We present a robotic embodiment experiment
based on real-time functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
(rtfMRI). To our knowledge, this is the first time fMRI is used
as an input device to identify a subject’s intentions and convert
them into actions performed by a humanoid robot. The process,
based on motor imagery, has allowed subjects located in Israel
to control a HOAP3 humanoid robot in France, experiencing
the whole experiment through the eyes of the robot.