In September 2011, in one of the rooms at the University of Graz, an elderly scientist with a strong French accent ended his presentation titled BCI, The Early Days by saying: “There has been considerable progress but it is slow and it is still a domain that has a lot of things to explore. It is comforting to see that there are so many labs that have blossomed and appeared in different places. That leaves a good hope that something really rewarding will show its face before long”. The said scientist was none other than Jacques Vidal, a professor at the University College of Los Angeles, originally from Belgium.
After the conference Vidal was officially recognised by the scientific community as the inventor of Brain Computer Interface -referred to both the branch of science and its name-.
Today, only six years after his conference, the Brain Computer Interface can transform brain waves into commands for a computer or even to move a wireless toy car or, in its latest applications, interact with an experience of Virtual Reality.
The research on BCI has slowly been extended from the sole biomedical field to the everyday use and will become part of our current lives making them a bit more ‘magical’. All of this has happened in only a few years and new, incredible twists will come along that we cannot even imagine yet.
The BCI Designer will most probably need to be competent in many fields, many of which are new in the scientific world. For this reason, H-International School prepares its students by stressing the importance of transdisciplinary skills, and especially of those qualities related to the person itself: imagination, courage, dedication.
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