Technologies for Neuroimaging

Goals

Design and develop an MRI-safe, metal-less video game controller to effectively provide brain stimulation for complex sensorimotor investigation. Program the controller to interface with modern video games for more brain stimulation to conduct further fMRI testing

Issues Involved or Addressed

Approximately 10 years ago, a prototype was designed for general use. A prototype used a pushbutton user-input system which consisted of custom optic sensors and microcontroller. Due to the limitations which existed with the previous model, we are constructing an new prototype using improved components and 3d printing techniques. We are designing and testing a PCB for the require components. Current topics of investigation are the constraints on fiber optic information transmission and reception.

Methods and Technologies

  • Component selection
  • System configuration and layout
  • wireless transmission
  • Power delivery
  • Data recording
  • Data transmission and storage
  • Data retrieval and processing

Academic Majors of Interest

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science

Preferred Interests and Preparation

Everyone: board layout, microcontrollers, wireless transmission, TCP/IP, databases, and GUI development and implementation. All students should have some knowledge of circuit building, signals and systems, vector calculus and some programming capability (C, Linux).

Team Advisors

Prof. Thomas M. Talavage

Sponsor(s)