Filter Bank Common Spatio-Spectral Patterns for Motor Imagery Classification

  • Ayhan YukselEmail author
  • Tamer Olmez
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9832)


In this study, a new spatio-spectral filtering method for motor imagery signal analysis is introduced. Motor imagery is an important research area in brain computer interfacing. EEG signals related with motor imagery have characteristic frequencies originating from sensorimotor cortex. Common spatial patterns (CSP) method is a very popular and successful spatial filtering algorithm in motor imagery classification. However, CSP only optimizes spatial filters, subject specific frequency selection should be done manually, which is a meticulous process. Therefore, an automatic method for spectral filter optimization is needed. Proposed filter bank common spatio-spectral patterns (FBCSSP) algorithm optimizes spatial and spectral filters. FBCSSP method uses a network of a filter bank and two consecutive CSP layers so that proposed structure has a subject specific response in both spatial and spectral domains. We inspected the proposed method in terms of classification accuracy and physiological consistence of the created filters using publicly available data set. FBCSSP method gave higher classification accuracy than other spatio-spectral pattern methods in the literature. Also, obtained spatial and spectral filters were consistent with the spatial and spectral properties of motor imagery signals.


Brain computer interfaces (BCI) Motor imagery (MI) Electroencephalogram (EEG) Common spatial patterns (CSP) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electronics and Communication EngineeringIstanbul Technical UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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