The Role of Robot Design in Decoding Error-related Information from EEG Signals of a Human Observer

Joos Behncke, Robin T. Schirrmeister, Wolfram Burgard, Tonio Ball

Abstract

For utilization of robotic assistive devices in everyday life, means for detection and processing of erroneous robot actions are a focal aspect in the development of collaborative systems, especially when controlled via brain signals. Though, the variety of possible scenarios and the diversity of used robotic systems pose a challenge for error decoding from recordings of brain signals such as via EEG. For example, it is unclear whether humanoid appearances of robotic assistants have an influence on the performance. In this paper, we designed a study in which two different robots executed the same task both in an erroneous and a correct manner. We find error-related EEG signals of human observers indicating that the performance of the error decoding was independent of robot design. However, we can show that it was possible to identify which robot performed the instructed task by means of the EEG signals. In this case, deep convolutional neural networks (deep ConvNets) could reach significantly higher accuracies than both regularized Linear Discriminanat Analysis (rLDA) and filter bank common spatial patterns (FB-CSP) combined with rLDA. Our findings indicate that decoding information about robot action success from the EEG, particularly when using deep neural networks, may be an applicable approach for a broad range of robot designs.

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Behncke J., Schirrmeister R., Burgard W. and Ball T. (2018). The Role of Robot Design in Decoding Error-related Information from EEG Signals of a Human Observer.In Proceedings of the 6th International Congress on Neurotechnology, Electronics and Informatics - Volume 1: NEUROTECHNIX, ISBN 978-989-758-326-1, pages 61-66. DOI: 10.5220/0006934900610066


in Bibtex Style

@conference{neurotechnix18,
author={Joos Behncke and Robin T. Schirrmeister and Wolfram Burgard and Tonio Ball},
title={The Role of Robot Design in Decoding Error-related Information from EEG Signals of a Human Observer},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 6th International Congress on Neurotechnology, Electronics and Informatics - Volume 1: NEUROTECHNIX,},
year={2018},
pages={61-66},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0006934900610066},
isbn={978-989-758-326-1},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 6th International Congress on Neurotechnology, Electronics and Informatics - Volume 1: NEUROTECHNIX,
TI - The Role of Robot Design in Decoding Error-related Information from EEG Signals of a Human Observer
SN - 978-989-758-326-1
AU - Behncke J.
AU - Schirrmeister R.
AU - Burgard W.
AU - Ball T.
PY - 2018
SP - 61
EP - 66
DO - 10.5220/0006934900610066