The Donders Brain Computer Interface (BCI) group develops methods to establish an intimate link between the human brain and the computer. We focus on innovative methods in a truly interdisciplinary approach, where Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Neuroscience, Machine Learning, User Interface Design and other fields join forces. 

Brain Computer interfaces detect covert mental activity (often on the basis of single trials) and use that to control a device or present feedback to a user. Such applications are important for helping (paralysed) patients by assisting them with reliable and fast technological means. For instance, by allowing patients to communicate and control devices without using their motor system.

The Donders BCI group uses the direct online nature of BCI to help rehabilitation and restoring lost function. For instance, by providing passive movement as feedback triggered by the intention to move. Furthermore, as brain signals of perceptual processing reflect the success of stimuli discrimination and identification, neurofeedback paradigms are explored to effectively train new skills like second language comprehension. 

Our group is engaged in elaborating and exploiting online real-time Brain Computer interfaces for experimental Cognitive Neuroscience. We use BCI techniques as an experimental method to understand basic and complex cognitive mechanisms like language, consciousness and perception. Moreover, we incorporate AI methods in BCI-related signal-processing. We elaborate innovative EEG markers and adaptive stimulus probing paradigms in different modalities (tactile, auditory, visual), aiming for subject-independent zero-training BCI's.  

While not a main topic of research, we are also interested in building applications of BCI for entertainment. For example, incorporating BCI in virtual reality and gaming can entertain large groups of users and make this type of technology more accessible. 


As research group we are part of the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at the Radboud University Nijmegen. Within the institute we frequently collaborate with other researcher groups, such as the Computational Cognitive Neuroscience lab of Marcel van Gerven's, the Data Science group of Tom Heskes and the Theoretical Cognitive Science group of Pim Haselager.

We work or have worked with many excellent national and international research groups like the Cognitive Neuroscience group of Nick Ramsey, the Berlin Brain-Computer Interface group of Benjamin Blankertz and the Schalk lab of Gerwin Schalk. Furthermore, we maintain connections to researchers that obtained a PhD in our group and have their own research team elsewhere.


There are frequent opportunities for students in the form of Research Assistantships and Internships. If you have a background in a related field and are interested, please don't hesitate to contact us. We may advertise job vacancies here but these can also be found on Academic Transfer. In addition, anyone with an externally funded PhD position, who is interested in working on one of our projects and/or being supervised by our staff, is encouraged to contact us to explore possibilities.

Innovations in Society

We actively pursue the application of our innovations in society. Inventions are patented and collaborations with companies are sought to elaborate the market for new BCI technology. Our most relevant patents are: Method for processing a brain wave signal and brain computer interface (WO 2010/008276 A1), and Method and system for training of perceptual skills using neurofeedback (WO 2010/117264 A1).
Specific projects obtained funding for these last in-house steps of development needed to raise the Technology Readiness Level. Spin-off companies (like MindAffect) can sprout from these efforts. Part of this effort is the dissemination our progress to the general audience. Look at our agenda of upcoming events.


Videos about the research can be found on the Donders BCI youtube channel.