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Hyper Interaction Viability Experiments. (HIVE)

HIVE, Hyper Interaction Viability Experiments, is a project supported by the European Commission under the Future and Emerging Technologies Program (FET). The HIVE consortium spans researchers from several countries in Europe, including Spain, Portugal, Germany, France, Greece and the United Kingdom.

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

The overall mission of this project is to probe the limits of non-invasive computer-to-brain interfaces by carrying out research using improved brain stimulation paradigms to explore fundamental neuroscience questions and applications, and by designing and testing more powerful, controllable and safe non-invasive brain stimulation technologies.

The UPO group is leader of WP2: In-vivo exploration and has a well-recognized expertise in the neuroscience foundations of higher motor and cognitive functions as learning and memory processes. They will be concentrated in the development of animal tests to provide inputs for modeling and human experiments. Specifically, they will compare in the same behaving animals the different effects of extra-cranial versus intracranial chronic stimulating procedures. Our group has a complete Animal House including 14 laboratories to carry out the proposed experiments. Large equipment facilities include a complete set-up for in vivo electrophysiological recordings in rabbits, a separate set-up for classical conditioning of eyelid responses, and an open field also for rabbits.

- Research on the biophysics of stimulation at the theoretical, computational and experimental level, both in humans and animals

- Development of new multisite electromagnetic non-invasive stimulation paradigms to implement more controllable and effective stimulation technologies and applications. The project will develop a Multisite transcranial Current Stimulation and monitoring prototype (MtCS) for finer control of current flows in the brain and subsequently explore related applications.

- Exploration of new stimulation paradigms to communicate and interact with neural ensembles and the human brain.

This project targets a paradigm shift in interaction, and represents a potential radical breakthrough, which could eventually impact the foundations of ICT in a manner similar to the invention of speech or writing, since it opens the door to the vision of the ultimate union of humans and machines. Machine-to-brain communication would allow for faster and multi-dimensional communication between people. Social progress and technology evolution owe a great deal to human information exchange at different levels, including verbal and written. Interaction with increasingly intelligent machines will only become more important with the pass of time. Sensor-to-brain communication would greatly expand our perception and understanding of the universe. It is fair to say that our understanding and experience of the universe if fully mediated by our natural sensors. Bypassing them could change fundamental aspects of human nature and experience.

Laboratorio de Neurociencia

Code PAIDI: BIO 122

José María Delgado García. Socio. 

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Budget of Andalusian group: € 376,572.00

  • Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Spain)
  • Central Institute of Mental Health, J5 Mannheim (Germany)
  • Starlab (Spain)
  • Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Germany)
  • University of Wales Bangor (United Kingdom)
  • Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece)
  • Foundation of the Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon (Portugal)
  • Laboratory of Signal and Image Processing (INSERM) (France)
Keywords: brain-machine interphases, direct current stimulation of cerebral cortex circuits, in vivo recording techniques
Duration: 60 months. September, 1th 2008 to August, 31th 2013
Project cost: € 3,012,576.00