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Seminar Title: Brain Signals for Smart Offices (BSSO)

Speaker: Dr. Ghada Al-Hudhud

Abstract: In this talk, we present the concept of Brain-Computer Interfaces in Smart Office Environments. Many people in their work environment are interested and focused on their work, and they do not want to interrupt their work progress by doing simple office tasks like Increasing or decreasing the light brightness in the office or the temperature of the office. Others may have major disabilities that hinder their movement. In this situation, Brain Signals for Smart Offices (BSSO) is considered to be the preferable solution.

Smart offices are defined as an environment which is able to adapt to users' needs, releasing the users from performing routine tasks that changes the situation of the surrounding environment to suit user’s preferences and access services available at each moment by customized interfaces [1]. The Smart Office observes users to anticipate their intentions and augment the environment to communicate useful information [2]. Building a smart office system that interacts with employees through reading their brain signals to control their offices such as controlling the light brightness, off/on and temperature increase/decrease, chair height or back angle, and curtains up/down status will save them some time and will increase the work efficiency, and effectiveness as well as adding a strong helpful tool to those who have struggles doing such a thing. For non-disabled people, it will also add some fun and make offices happy zones by acquiring employee's thoughts signals and they will have a flexible working environment.  A proof of concept study is currently conducted to model smart office  as to be proved as to consider the following cases:

  1. Actions Scheduling: If the user thinks of more than one action; the sequence of thoughts will produce sequence of brain signals then the actuators should apply these actions in sequence?? Plan execution??
  2. Latency of Action Execution: If the user thinks of some action and then changed his mind; how the system will deal with the cancelled task in the user’s mind; time to process and execute the brain signals
  3. Efficiency: Comparison between the efficiency of the brain signal execution and the command execution.

Seminar Date/Time: Nov 18 at 12-1pm

Location: The CCIS Main Auditorium 6F49