Peter Desain develops ways to couple brains and computers that enable communication for patients who are completely paralyzed.
As Principal Investigator in the Donders Center for Cognition he works towards a better understanding of our most delicate and complex organ. As head of the Artificial Intelligence department, his heart is close to moving scientific inventions towards use in society.
Communication for locked-in patients
Peter Desain gives us a rough sketch of how ‘prostheses’ can be developed to make communication possible for those who are completely paralysed. ALS patients are engaged in the most difficult human task at the ends of their lives: dying. Being able to communicate with family and friends, with doctors and carers, may make it possibly a bit less lonely.