Announcing the 2nd Brain-Computer Interface Un-Conference (2nd BCI-UC)
We cordially invite you to the 2nd BCI Un-Conference (BCI-UC) on February 10 and 11, 2021, from 03:00 pm to 08:00 pm (CET)!
The BCI-UC is an online un-conference that provides rapid dissemination of novel research results in the BCI community. The BCI-UC does not publish conference proceedings. As such, submitted abstracts can report novel as well as already published work. The BCI-UC does not have a program committee that reviews submitted abstracts. Instead, all registered participants can vote which of the submitted abstracts they would like to see presented at the un-conference. Registration and attendance are free-of-charge. The second BCI-UC will feature keynotes by Marco Congedo  on Riemannian transfer learning and by Camille Jeunet on user-centered BCI design . All presentations of the first BCI-UC, which >300 participants attended, can be re-watched at .
Registration and abstract submission are open as of today . Voting on submitted abstracts begins on January 13th. Abstract submission remains open until January 25th, 11:59 pm (CET). The voting phase ends on January 27th, 11:59 pm (CET). We will invite the authors of the top-voted abstracts to present their work at the un-conference.
For the 2nd BCI-UC, we solicit two types of submissions:
* _Presentations_ are applications for 20 minutes slots by a single
* _Mini-symposia_ are applications for 60 minutes slots by multiple
presenters on a coherent topic, possibly including a panel discussion.
Submissions are text-only. The length and format of the submissions are
up to the authors — use whatever format you consider best for
attracting up-votes! Voting procedures will not distinguish between the
two submission types, i.e., the community decides on the fraction of
presentations vs. mini-symposia.
Join us in supporting this novel community-driven dissemination of research results!
The BCI-UC committee:
NeuroAbilities Webinar Series
Implantable Brain-Computer Interfaces in Late-Stage ALS: Real-World Implications
WATCH A RECORDING OF THE EVENT HERE
Join us for a discussion on the real and potential impact of implantable BCIs on the preservation of quality of life in late-stage ALS, and the ethical, medical and financial implications of future clinical implementation of implantable BCIs, with the goal to collect material for a white paper about this theme.
In the field of Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs), researchers are developing implantable devices that allow people to use their brain signals to control computers and communication software. With the BCI field maturing and the first demonstrations of successful home use of BCIs for communication appearing, BCIs are considered to be promising tools to retain or improve the communication capabilities of people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), especially of those in later stages of the disease, who have lost (nearly) all muscle control and are therefore unable to reliably control the standard assistive devices, such as eye gaze devices.
Moderator: Jonathan R. Wolpaw, MD, Director, National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies (NCAN)
Mariska Vansteensel, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, University Medical Center Utrecht (The Netherlands)
Eran Klein, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Oregon Health and Science University and Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Center for Neurotechnology, University of Washington (USA)
Ghislaine van Thiel, PhD, Associate Professor of Medical Ethics, University Medical Center Utrecht (The Netherlands)
Michael Gaytant, MD, PhD, Center of Home Mechanical Ventilation, University Medical Center Utrecht (The Netherlands)
Zachary Simmons, MD, Professor of Neurology and Professor of Humanities, Pennsylvania State University and director of the ALS Clinic and Research Center (USA)
Event Conductor: Christopher M. Lee, PhD, Managing Director, International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP), Chief Learning Officer, G3ict
Fifth BCI Conference in Shanghai
We are happy to announce the Fifth BCI Conference in Shanghai, China on 19-20 December 2020. The topic is “BCI for rehabilitation”.
The conference and link are in Chinese. At least one planned speaker will speak in English.
NeurotechGaming 2020 conference: Connecting your brain to video games"
What if you could connect your brain and body to a video game?
Keyboard, mouse, game pad – these are the control devices we’ve used for decades to play games. But as useful as they are, they still have many limitations. A video game doesn’t know if you are interested or bored with it, if you are learning or not, if we you are distracted or focused and you still need to remember complex key combinations.
To improve the gaming experience, companies shift their development towards Brain-Computer Interfaces. This technology allows to approach the next questions:
- What if games could adapt its environment based on your thoughts and emotions?
- What if you could communicate with your teammates using your brain and thoughts alone and act as one organism?
- What if you could not only see and hear the gaming environment but also experience the tactile feelings like bullets shots or touching (think Ready Player One)
- We all had experience with chat-bots that often feel very artificial. What if NPCs could understand how you feel and base their interactions on it, eventually becoming more real and human-like?
- What if your enemies could learn from you and dynamically change their behavior to keep the gaming experience much more engaging?
- And finally, what if you couldn’t tell the difference between a reality and a game?
International Neuroethics Socety (INS) essay contest 2020
The International Neuroethics Society (INS) and the International Youth Neuroscience Association (IYNA) are pleased to announce a call for submissions for the Neuroethics Essay Contest in 2020. Now in its seventh year, the contest aims to promote interest in neuroethics among students and trainees around the world.
The 9th International Winter Conference on Brain-Computer Interface (BCI2021)
Monday, Feb. 22nd – Wednesday, Feb. 24th 2021
High1 Resort, Gangwon province, Korea
In order to foster the exchanges of innovative and challenging ideas, the 9th International Winter Conference on Brain-Computer Interface aims to encourage overview, in-depth talks and discussions on the latest research at all levels of BCI research and it includes invasive recording, semi-invasive ECoG, non-invasive EEG, non-invasive NIRS, and fMRI measurement and potential combinations of the different methods furthermore advances in data analysis. ‘2020 International BCI Competition’ for this year especially will be offered, and an informal open discussion will be highly encouraged.
Please check out BCI2021! and for more information, please visit the website
BCI & Neurotechnology Spring School
5 Days of online talks and keynotes for you & your students
Due to the global #stayhome regulations, we have put together a Virtual BCI & Neurotechnology Spring School for you and your students to continue learning and stay busy.
Regular Price: 250 € free of charge
On April 20-24, 2020, you can listen to talks and keynotes from international experts. Everybody who studies biomedical engineering, signals processing or neuroscience with a focus on brain-computer interface and neurotechnologies can join.
2020 Workshop on Brain-Machine Interface Systems
CALL FOR PAPERS AND SPECIAL SESSIONS–EXTENDED TO APRIL 30, 2020
2020 Workshop on Brain-Machine Interface Systems
The IEEE SMC 10th Workshop on Brain-Machine Interface (BMI) Systems will be held on October 11-14, 2020 in Toronto, Canada as part of SMC 2020, the flagship annual conference of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. The goal of the Workshop is to provide a forum for researchers to present research results, facilitate the interaction and intellectual exchange between researchers, developers and consumers of BMI technology. We invite contributions reporting the latest advances, innovations and applications in BMIs.