2018 ELE Engineering Design Project (XF06)

Faculty Lab Coordinator

Xavier Fernando

Topic Category

Intelligent Instrumentation


Can we develop a device that can read people’s minds by detecting their brainwaves that could eventually enable people with “locked-in syndrome” to communicate? Researchers from Toyohashi University of Technology in Japan have found an effective device to read people’s thoughts. This is done by using electroencephalogram (EEG) was used to monitor people’s brain waves while they spoke. They even suggested an “easily operated” device with a smartphone app could be ready in the “near future”.


To develop a system that can read brain waves and (1) Predict the mental status of the subject and visually display it (by changing the colors of an LED display) and; (2) To complete the word/sentence the subject is trying to say. This system may also be used as a Lie Detector with appropriate training.

Partial Specifications

1. The system shall have a mind reader portion that can acquire the EEG signal.
2. A text to speech system.
3. An LED based visual display system.
4. At least 60% accuracy in predicting the word is expected.

Suggested Approach

Pre-recorded EEG signals can be used for training and testing purposes.

Group Responsibilities

The group is responsible for the successful completion of the overall project.

Student A Responsibilities

Student A is responsible for acquiring the EEG signal and analysis.

Student B Responsibilities

Student B is responsible for the word detection and text to voice portion.

Student C Responsibilities

Student C is responsible for investigating various Machine Learning algorithms for predicting the speech.

Course Co-requisites


XF06: THE ELECTRONIC MIND READER | Xavier Fernando | Not yet submitted at No time