Who is it ?

Tigran Maytesian, violinist, is also researcher at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium, where he collaborates with professor Marc Van Hulle of Department of Neuroscience on a project that explores the relation between emotions and music in cognitive disorders (autism, dementia etc.).

Tigran Maytesian creates a string orchestra named Mind Speller Chamber Orchestra to support the project. His performances are systematically praised by a conquered and enthusiastic audience, appreciative of the value of the members of the Mind Speller Chamber Orchestra. The orchestra is composed of three violins, two violas, two cellos and one contrabas.

Tigran Maytesian plays on an Amati and a Guarneri del Gesù violin and is the conductor.

He received his violin formation in Yerevan (Armenia) and in Russia, at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he is scientific advisor. He also obtained a Doctor degree. He pursues a soloist career in these countries as well as in Luxemburg and in Belgium. He is currently violin and chamber music professor at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven (Belgium).

Princess Marie-Séverine de Chimay carries her kind support to Mind Speller.

What is it ?

The Computational Neuroscience group of professor Marc Van Hulle developed the Mind Speller with the aim to enable patients with severe speech and motor disabilities, acquired through a (non)-degenerative disease or through a brain trauma, to communicate again by decoding their EEG activity recorded when engaged in a dedicated communication paradigm.

The Mind Speller consists of a visual stimulation protocol, and a real-time decoder of EEG signals.

The Mind Speller has been tested successfully on stroke-, Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis- (ALS), traumatic brain injury- (TBI), Locked-In Syndrome- (LIS), and disorder of consciousness patients (coma, minimally conscient, vegetative state). We also plan to apply our technology to Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients, specifically at a later stage of their disease, when they are increasingly relying on assistive technology.

More info http://simone.neuro.kuleuven.be/