Workshop on Standards and Modularity of Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) and Neuroprostheses

The NIH will host a Workshop on Standards and Modularity of Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) and Neuroprostheses on June 30, 2016 from 8AM - 4:30PM at the NIH Fishers Lane Conference Center (5635 Fishers Lane Room T500, Rockville, MD 20852) immediately following the Neural Interfaces Conference in Baltimore.

On 21 November, 2014, Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) held an open public workshop with the aim of fostering an open discussion on the scientific and clinical considerations associated with the development of BCI devices for patients with paralysis and amputation. CDRH plans to use this information to develop regulatory considerations that will promote innovation while maintaining appropriate patient protections. The outcome of this meeting has been published recently in the Journal of Neural Engineering (http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1741-2560/13/2/023001).  The report concluded that addressing challenges identified by the BCI community (and discussed in the consensus report) will require the involvement of all stakeholders. The proposed one-day workshop, immediately following the Neural Interfaces Conference in Baltimore, will focus on the issues of standardization, modularity and interoperability of BCI device technologies. We invite the BCI community to participate at this meeting to assist in the development of standards for BCI devices to ultimately accelerate the translation of these devices for consumers. We will have the participation of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Standards Association at this meeting.

We have reserved a block of rooms for the nights of June 29th and June 30th.  The government rate of $226 per night has been secured for these rooms until the cut-off dates, at which time rooms may be released back to the hotel. For the night of June 29th, please reserve your room no later than Tuesday, May 10th and for the night of June 30th, please reserve your room no later than Monday, May 30th. To make a reservation at the Bethesda Marriott Suites Hotel- 6711 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD please use this link: http://www.marriott.com/meeting-event-hotels/group-corporate-travel/groupCorp.mi?resLinkData=Neural%20Interfaces%20Conference%20Satellite%20Meeting%20Room%20Block%20Jun2016%5Ewassb%60NICNICA%60226.00%60USD%60false%601%606/29/16%607/1/16%606/8/16&app=resvlink&stop_mobi=yes 

Registration is now open and there is no registration fee. To register please visit: https://meetings.ninds.nih.gov/meetings/Neural_Interfaces     

For further information, please contact Felipe Aguel (felipe.aguel@nih.gov), Nick Langhals (nick.langhals@nih.gov) or Pepe Contreras-Vidal (jlcontreras-Vidal@uh.edu).