Horizon researcher wins a prestigious machine learning contest

Dr Duncan Barrack, researcher in Horizon, has won a machine learning contest organised by a consortium of neural engineering institutions including the French INRIA research institute.

There were over 250 entrants from across the world and first prize for Duncan is $500, a slot to present the results
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The aim of the contest was to develop a machine learning model to predict when a brain computer interface ‘P-300 speller’ has made a mistake. A P-300 speller attempts to use brain waves collected via an Electroencephalography (EEG) cap placed on a user to spell words, and is designed to help enable people with locked-in syndrome to communicate.

The competition was hosted on the data science platform Kaggle, and more information on the challenge and the supporting institutions can be found at: