Multi-task Learning for Brain-Computer Interfaces
Morteza Alamgir, Moritz Grosse-Wentrup and Yasemin Altun
In: AISTATS 2010(2009).
Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) are limited in their applicability in everyday settings by the current necessity to record subject-specific calibration data prior to actual use of the BCI for communication. In this paper, we utilize the framework of multitask learning to construct a BCI that can be used without any subject-specific calibration process. We discuss how this out-of-the-box BCI can be further improved in a computationally efficient manner as subject-specific data becomes available. The feasibility of the approach is demonstrated on two sets of experimental EEG data recorded during a standard two-class motor imagery paradigm from a total of 19 healthy subjects. Specifically, we show that satisfactory classification results can be achieved with zero training data.
Combining prior recordings with subject-specific calibration data substantially outperforms using subject-specific data only. Our results show
that transfer between recordings under slightly different experimental setups is feasible.