EU-Funded Project 'Tools for Brain-Computer Interaction (TOBI)'

Ethical subproject: 'Theoretical, Anthropological and Ethical Issues in Brain-Computer Interaction'

TOBI is a large European integrated project which will develop practical technology for brain-computer interaction (BCI) that will improve the quality of life of disabled people and the effectiveness of rehabilitation. Non-invasive BCI prototypes will be designed that will be combined with existing assistive technologies and rehabilitation protocols.

Within the TOBI project, a neuroethical subproject led by PD Dr. Elisabeth Hildt is carried out at the Chair for Ethics in the Life Sciences, University of Tübingen, and the 'Research Focus on Interdisciplinary Neurosciences'.

In this subproject, theoretical, anthropological and ethical issues in brain-computer interaction will be discussed. Apart from aspects related to risks and benefits of the procedures, the focus will be on the implications which the direct interplay between man, brain and technical devices may have for the person involved, for self-perception and identity.

The EU-funded TOBI project is coordinated by Prof. Dr. José del R. Millán, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Project duration: November 2008 - October 2012.