History of International BCI Society Meetings

The International BCI Meeting Series (1999, 2002, 2005, 2010, 2013, and 2016) brings together a wide range of research groups and disciplines vital to BCI research, and triggers many productive interactions and collaborations. The impact of these meetings on BCI research is illustrated by the striking fact that over half the BCI articles ever published include at least one author who attended the BCI Meeting Series.

The Sixth International BCI Meeting: “BCI Past, Present, and Future”, is scheduled for May 30 – June 3, 2016 at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California, USA.  This will be the first in the BCI Meeting Series organized under the leadership of a Program Committee appointed by the newly formed BCI Society.

The first four meetings of the International BCI Meeting Series were organized by the organization by the Wadsworth Center, Albany, NY.  The First International Meeting, “Brain-Computer Interface Technology: Theory and Practice” was held in 1999, in Rensselaerville, NY. Fifty scientists and engineers from the 24 then-active BCI research labs came from the US, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, and Italy. In 2002 the Second International Meeting, “Brain-Computer Interface Technology: Moving Beyond Demonstrations,” was held in Rensselaerville, NY. Ninety representatives from 38 labs participated. The Third International Meeting, “Brain-Computer Interface Technology: Making a Difference,” was held in 2005, in Rensselaerville, NY. The 160 participants represented 53 labs from throughout the world. The Fourth International BCI Meeting was held in 2010 in Pacific Grove, CA. The 283 participants represented 136 BCI labs from throughout the world.

The Fifth International BCI Meeting marked the transition of the BCI Meeting Series to organization by a committee encompassing the complex multidisciplinary breadth and international nature of BCI research.  The Fifth International BCI Meeting: “Defining the Future” was held in Pacific Grove, CA June 3-7th, 2013. The 315 registrants represented 164 labs from 29 countries.

The Sixth International BCI Meeting: “BCI: Past, Present, and Future” was held in Pacific Grove, CA May 30th-June 3rd, 2016. The 407 registrants represented 188 labs from 26 countries.

Each of the BCI Meetings has produced a special section or special issue of peer-reviewed journal articles resulting from the Meeting that have become a state-of-the-art BCI references.