Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)


Biomedical Engineering


Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering

First Advisor

Kaushallya Adhikari


Electroencephalogram (EEG) is a commonly used non-invasive method that acquires voltage of the brain during neural activities by using conventional disc electrodes. However, there are some fundamental limitations associated with EEG such as poor spatial resolution and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), inaccurate data due to overlapping information, and artifact contamination. Also, the EEG software filtering solutions had the potential of distorting EEG data making the results unreliable. The tripolar electroencephalogram (tEEG) records brain signals by using the tripolar concentric ring electrodes (TCRE). Based on the surface Laplacian algorithm, signals recorded from TCRE overcome the limitations of EEG. tEEG has better SNR and spatial resolution, the ability of acquiring high frequency activities (up to 425 Hz so far) and can also perform muscle artifact rejection (electromyography (EMG) rejection). This study aimed to determine if the tEEG gives better performance in language mapping with the “language dominant hemisphere classification” and motor cortex mapping with “finger movements classification”. Our analysis shows that tEEG yields higher average classification accuracy when compared to EEG using spectrum data even with simple signal processing procedures.

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