Newly Elected Board Members


The Society is pleased to introduce the following newly elected board members:


Gernot Müller-Putz, Ph.D
Head of the Institute of Neural Engineering

Laboratory of Brain-Computer Interfaces
Graz University of Technology
I am in the BCI field since my first project as student in 1998 – thus celebrating 20 years of BCI research. Did my MSc, PhD, Habilitation in BCI. Involved in several EU-project with BCI content and coordinated BNCI Horizon 2020 and MoreGrasp. Currently running an ERC Consolidator Grant on non-invasive Control. I participated in the last 5 BCI Meetings and will do this year my 6th.


Masayuki Hirata, M.D., Ph.D
Department of Clinical Neuroengineering, Osaka University

I am a neurosurgeon and Professor at the Department of Clinical Neuroengineering in Osaka University, Japan. I am currently developing a fully implantable BCI device for use by severely disabled patients, in collaboration with a medical device company and several academic research colleagues. I will begin a clinical trial using the implantable device next year. In addition to my medical degree, I have a degree in Engineering from the Department of Engineering, Tokyo University with a focus on robotics, and also have extensive experience in product development. Utilizing this broad experience, I would like to contribute to the BCI Society through facilitating the symbiotic linkage of BCI research, clinical application and commercialization.

Mariska Vansteensel
Researcher, University Medical Center Utrecht

I am Mariska Vansteensel, researcher in the BCI lab of Prof. Nick Ramsey since 2007. My research has focused on developing an implantable ECoG-based BCI for communication, the demonstration of its independent home use by people with severe paralysis, and on improving speed and versatility of ECoG-based BCIs. I am standing for election, because I hope to contribute to advancing BCI research and to translation of the knowledge gained into devices that really benefit the diseased and healthy end-users.

The current board of the BCI Society:

Nick Ramsey (University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands) (President)
José  R. Millán (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland) (Vice-President)
Christoph Guger (g,tec Industries, Austria) (Treasurer)
Brendan Z. Allison (University of California, San Diego, USA)
Jennifer Collinger (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
Masayuki Hirata (Osaka University, Japan)
Jane Huggins (University of Michigan USA)
Donatella Mattia (Fondazione Santa Lucia, Italy)
Gernot Müller-Putz (Graz University of Technology, Austria)
Marc Slutzky (Northwestern University, USA)
Mariska Vansteensel (University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Jonathan Wolpaw (Wadsworth Center, USA)