A Moscow schoolboy develops a device for medical rehabilitation of paralysed patients

A Moscow schoolboy develops a device for medical rehabilitation of paralysed patients
The device can read electrical impulses sent by cerebral cortex and transmit them to the computer.

A 10th form student Andrei Mikhailovsky from school No. 2030 has been developing a device for effective rehabilitation of people with disabilities. The student has recognised a pattern between the processes occurring in the brain and electrical impulses of its cortex that may be registered. He conducted his research under the guidance of a young scientist Ivan Atknin from the National Research Centre 'Kurchatov Institute'.

"For several decades, scientists around the world have been seeking to develop a system to control objects with human mind. I'm interested in this topic, and I'm trying to create a device capable of connecting human brain to a computer. To do this, I have conducted experiments that revealed differences between brain activity and electroencephalogram signals, and made a device to encode these signals in Python (programming language). In the future, we're going to set thresholds corresponding to certain signals to control objects with human mind," the student said.

In his opinion, the future invention will be useful both in medicine and other areas — for example, in robotics.

The student's work received the award of the Moscow conference 'Kurchatov Project — from Knowledge to Practice, from Practice to Result'.

Andrei Mikhailovsky has been engaged in science since the 8th form. Two years in a row, he became the winner of the Kurchatov conference, and this year he became the winner of the Engineering Starts and 'Intellectual Potential of the Innovative Russia of the 21st century', the 8th Russian Science-to-Practice Conference among School and University Students held by Turgenev Open State University.