Towards Electrocorticographic Electrodes for Chronic Use in BCI Applications

  • Christian Henle
  • Martin Schuettler
  • Jörn Rickert
  • Thomas Stieglitz
Part of the Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMEDICAL)


Electrocorticograms (ECoG) have been originally used for presurgical epilepsy monitoring. In the last years, it has been proven that the signals recorded from these electrodes also deliver signals that can be used within brain computer interface (BCI) applications. The state of the art of epicortical electrode arrays for neuroscientific research as well as for clinical applications is reviewed with respect to manufacturing techniques, spatial resolution and the ability to cover large areas of the brain surface. Results from epicortical studies show the feasibility to use ECoG BCI for several applications. We propose a new type of ECoG array that allows for high channel recording keeping the devices flexible and compliant. First results delivered promising results. For chronic BCI applications, wireless, fully implantable systems are mandatory. We summarize the target specifications and conclude with a personal opinion how these implants could look like in the near future.


Silicone Rubber Electrode Array Electrode Site Electrode Contact Brain Computer Interface 
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Part of the work that is presented here has been funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) in the grants Go Bio (313891) and the Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology Freiburg-Tuebingen “The hybrid brain” (01GQ0830).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Henle
    • 1
    • 2
  • Martin Schuettler
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jörn Rickert
    • 2
    • 3
  • Thomas Stieglitz
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratory for Biomedical Microtechnology, Department of Microsystems Engineering - IMTEKUniversity of FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  2. 2.Cortec GmbHFreiburgGermany
  3. 3.Bernstein Center FreiburgUniversity FreiburgFreiburgGermany

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