A joint team formed by the University of Macau (UM) and the University of Hong Kong (HKU) achieved remarkable results at the 2023 World Robot Conference (WRC) – Brain-Computer Interface (BCI)-Controlled Robot Contest. They won the championships in two out of five technical competitions: the SSVEP-Based BCI Competition and the BCI Attack-Security Competition, as well as the Overall First Prize. Additionally, the algorithm developed by the joint team was selected as the only entry for the BCI-Controlled Typing – Live Audience Touchscreen Input Speed Challenge, setting a record of 1.43 characters per second for this year’s World Robot Conference. Furthermore, Li Haobo, a first-year undergraduate student from the Faculty of Science and Technology, participated in the Youth Group Emotional BCI Competition and achieved first place in the preliminary round and Third Prize in the final.
The joint team consists of Tao Wei (Captain), Liu Xucheng, Yang Yi, Yang Zhengyuan, doctoral students from the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Macau, and Wang Junlin, a doctoral student from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong. The team is supervised by Associate Professor Wan Feng from the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Macau and Associate Professor Hu Yong from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong. UM has achieved outstanding results in the previous World Robot Contest – BCI Brain-Controlled Robot Contest, demonstrating its strong capabilities in both theoretical research and practical applications in the field of brain-computer interfaces. This research has received consistent support from the Science and Technology Development Fund of the Macao Special Administrative Region and the University of Macau over the years.
Since 2015, the World Robot Contest has been successfully held for eight editions, attracting over 200,000 participants from more than 20 countries worldwide. It is widely acclaimed as the “Olympic Games” in the robotics field by mainstream media and has received continuous guidance from the National Natural Science Foundation of China. The contest has achieved international recognition for its various competition events and results. The BCI-Controlled Robot Contest, as a “Cutting-Edge” scientific research event within the World Robot Contest, has been successfully held for seven editions. The competition focuses on the application of BCI technology in areas such as medical rehabilitation, education, entertainment, consumer electronics, autonomous driving, and smart homes, aiming to promote the cross-industry integration and development of this technology with various sectors.