A novel bimodal dataset for inner speech recognition

Inner speech recognition can contribute towards speech prosthesis. We introduce a novel bimodal dataset on inner speech that can improve the recognition performance, using two complimentary modalities : functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG).
A novel bimodal dataset for inner speech recognition

Inner speech recognition is a challenging research area where the state of the art is currently limited to recognition of close word vocabularies and can assist humans that have no ability to communicate with their friends and family, e.g., people in Locked-In-Syndrome. 

Our recent article in scientific data presents the first publicly available bimodal dataset containing EEG and fMRI data acquired non simultaneously during inner-speech production. The novel idea behind is the combination of two modalities with complementary features in order to achieve a better performance in inner speech recognition. EEG is known for high temporal resolution, while fMRI has a high spatial resolution. Therefore, the combination of these two modalities is beneficial for inner speech recognition compared to using these two modalities alone.

To support the previous claim, we contacted a supplementary study, where we applied machine learning methods on our bimodal dataset and provide baseline classification results. Our study reports for the binary classification, a mean accuracy of 71.72% when combining the two modalities (EEG and fMRI), compared to 62.81% and 56.17% when using EEG, resp. fMRI alone. The same improvement in performance for word classification (8 classes) can be observed (30.29% with combination, 22.19% and 17.50% without). The classification results demonstrate that combining EEG with fMRI is a promising direction for inner speech decoding. 

The research was funded by the Grants for Excellent Research Projects Proposals of SRT.ai 2022, Sweden. The bimodal dataset was acquired at the  Stockholm University Brain Imaging Centre (SUBIC) .

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