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Clinical Considerations for Future Non-Implantable Brain-Computer Interface (BCI)

May 10, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm


The REKNEW (Realizing Expressive Knowledge in Everyone With communication disorders) lab at
OHSU believes the ability to express oneself is a basic human right. We are committed to the
development of non-implantable AAC BCI systems for individuals with severe speech and physical
impairments. Our current focus in on the BCI Functional Implementation Toolkit. The BCI-FIT is a
hybrid system combining EEG with other signals such as EMG or eye tracking. This webinar will
include a discussion of clinical screening tools for AAC-BCI use, and a demonstration of how data
is gathered and used to match technology to optimize BCI-FIT performance for individual users.

PRESENTED BY: Melanie Fried-Oken, Betts Peters and Michelle Kinsella

MODERATED BY: Betsy Caporale, M.S., CCC-SLP


Melanie Fried-Oken, PhD, provides expertise about assistive technology for people with acquired disabilities who cannot use speech or writing to communicate. She is a leading international clinician and researcher in AAC. She directs the REKNEW lab at Oregon Health & Science University and CAMBI. For the past 15 years, the lab has been working on development of a non-implantable brain-computer interface for communication.

Betts Peters is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist specializing in AAC and assistive technology. Her research interests include BCI systems for communication by people with locked-in syndrome, communicative participation for people who use AAC, and improving communication interventions for people with ALS.

Michelle Kinsella is a licensed occupational therapist specializing in cognitive rehabilitation and low vision. Her research interests include supporting the visual and cognitive demands of brain-computer interface systems for communication through interface design for people with severe speech and physical impairments (SSPI).


  • Become familiar with potential screening tools for gathering information to best inform
    AAC-BCI system configuration to support communication and computer control for people with SSPI.
  • Recognize ways to elicit user preference related to AAC-BCI technology design and use.
  • Explain methods to incorporate end user input and feedback into an interative design
    process for AAC-BCI systems.


  • 5 minutes: Introduction of speaker, USSAAC and topic
  • 8 minutes: Introduction to non-implantable BCI systems
  • 25 minutes: Clinical screening tools for user preferences (motor, visual, language, cognitive)
  • 9 minutes: Person-to-technology match for AAC-BCI systems
  • 8 minutes: Eliciting user input and feedback for iterative system design
  • 5 minutes: Q and A

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) CEUs in speech-language pathology and
audiology are awarded by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the CEU Participant Form from the ASHA Approved CE Provider, USSAAC. CEU Participant Forms are available onsite at Registration. ASHA CEUs are provided to full registrations. This program is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

ASHA Disclosures:

  • Speakers
    • Financial:
      • Melanie Fried Oken’s work is funded through a grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders R01DC009384
      • Betts Peters’ work is funded through a grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders R01DC009384
      • Michelle Kinsella’s work is funded through a grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders R01DC00938
    • Nonfinancial:
      • Melanie Fried Oken has no non-Financial disclosures to report
      • Betts Peters’ has no non-Financial disclosures to report
      • Michelle Kinsella has no non-Financial disclosures to report
  • Moderator
    • Financial
      • Betsy Caporale has no financial disclosures to report
    • Nonfinancial
      • Betsy Caporale is the Director, Professional Affairs for USSAAC

PLEASE NOTE: Only the first 150 attendees to log into
the webinar will be guaranteed spots.


Betsy Caporale, Richard Hurtig, Sharon Redmon, Wendy Quach

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May 10, 2023
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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