Welcome to TOBI


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.

  • Budget: €12 millions
  • Duration: November 2008 - January 2013
  • Coordinator: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Partners: Technische Universitaet Berlin, Technische Universiteat Graz, Fondazione Santa Lucia, Eberhard-Karls Universitaet Tuebingen, University of Glasgow, Qualilife S.A, Stiftung Orthopaedische Universitaetsklinik Heidelberg, Schweizerische Unfallversicherungsanstalt, Kreuznacher Diakonie, Associazione Italiana per l'Assistenza agli Spastici della Provincia di Bologna, University of Wuerzburg, Medel GmbH.
  • Contact persons: Prof. José del R. Millán

    TOBI will design non-invasive BCI prototypes that will be combined with existing assistive technologies and rehabilitation protocols. In such a hybrid approach users can couple brain interaction with muscle-based interaction or can naturally switch between the different ways of interacting.

    Non-invasive BCI are based on electroencephalogram (EEG) signals. The EEG is recorded through electrodes placed on the user's head. This technology is not invasive and only records the electrical activity of the brain without interfering with it.

    TOBI is expected to have an impact by broadening the appropriate use of BCI assistive technology, by incorporating adaptive capabilities that augment those other assistive technologies they are combined with.

    The consortium has identified four application areas where BCI assistive technology can make a real impact for people with motor disabilities:

    After a pre-clinical validation the BCI assistive solutions will be tested and evaluated in real life situations by different populations of end-users.

    TOBI will also carry out research on the philosophical and ethical aspects of brain-computer interaction.