Other Events

Intelligent Rehabilitation and Human-machine Engineering (IRHE)

November 18 – 21, 2019
Qinhuangdao, China

The 2019 Chinese Conference on Intelligent Rehabilitation and Human-machine Engineering (IRHE) will be held in Qinhuangdao, China from November 18th to 21th. The goal of this conference is to build a leading society of scientists, academics, clinicians, engineers and entrepreneurs in the field of healthcare and rehabilitation, engineering, artificial intelligence and big data in medicine. The IRHE 2019 conference is dedicated to strengthen all aspects of the assistive devices, intelligent rehabilitation and human-computer interaction, in aid of facilitating the innovation of rehabilitation technology and assistive devices in China.


Annual BCI Award 2019 announced!

The International BCI Award, endowed with 6,000 USD, is one of the top accolades in BCI research. The Award was created to recognize outstanding and innovative research in the field of Brain-Computer Interfaces. The BCI Award Foundation organizes the annual BCI Award and guarantees scientific objectivity by assigning an independent and international jury assembled with world-leading BCI experts who work with invasive and non-invasive BCI in both research and clinical environments to judge the submitted projects. The BCI Award Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2017 in Austria, chaired by Christoph Guger and Dean Krusienski.

12 projects are nominated before the winner is announced at the BCI Award Ceremony. 

2019 Annual Meeting of the International Neuroethics Society (INS)

October 17-18
Chicago, IL, USA

The 2019 Annual Meeting of the International Neuroethics Society (INS) will gather a diverse group of
scholars, scientists, clinicians, and professionals dedicated to the responsible use of advances in brain
science. Attendees will participate in intellectually stimulating and dynamic sessions that will explore
neuroethics in a global context. https://www.neuroethicssociety.org/2019-annual-meeting-program


The program features a wide range of lectures and symposia, research presentations, as well as education and networking activities for professionals at all stages of their career.

Plenary Speakers
›› Martha J. Farah, University of Pennsylvania
›› Matthew L. Baum, Harvard Medical School

Panels / Discussions
›› ‘Solving Dilemmas in Global Neuroethics’
›› ‘Ethics and the Imprisoned Brain’
›› ‘Incapable Patients and the Law of Neurosurgery for Psychiatric
›› ‘Preclinical Interventions in Psychiatric and Neurological Disorders’
›› ‘Disorders of Consciousness: Concepts, Culture and Prognosis’

Public Event
The INS annually hosts a free public event. Developed in partnership with the Northwestern Medical School, this year’s program will ask ‘Should we trust technology to provide mental health care?’


Call for Papers: BCI for (Media) Art and Games – Aalborg Workshop

Workshop in conjunction with ArtsIT 2019 – 8th EAI International Conference: ArtsIT, Interactivity & Game Creation

November 6-8, 2019, Aalborg, Denmark: http://artsit.org/

BCI for Art and Games: http://artsit.org/brainart/



Brain-computer interfaces (BCI) have been used for entertainment, gaming, and artistic expression. These application areas for BCI have been explored in the previous decades. Although commercial applications hardly exist, the general public has been able to get acquainted with BCI and use BCI in artistic installations in urban public spaces, in museums, or during public scientific events. There are also BCI games. Such games can serve different purposes: entertainment (just fun), treatment of mental disorders, or rehabilitation. Affordable BCI devices and BCI software platforms have made it possible for artists and game designers to develop ideas and design installations and applications that do not require them to invest extensive and frustrating time in getting a BCI to work or tuning it to their application. Whether it is about games or artistic BCI installations, multiple users are often involved, and there is direct two-sided interaction between the user(s) and the BCI controlled environment. Moreover, in contrast to clinical BCI research, efficiency and robustness are not the most important issues.

The aim of this workshop is to review current (research) activities in BCIs for games, entertainment, and artistic expression and to identify research areas that are of interest for both BCI and HCI researchers as well as for game designers and media artists using BCI for their interactive installations. Hence, in addition to BCI researchers, game designers, artists, and performers are asked to contribute to this workshop with papers, presentations, and demonstrations.

Topics of the submissions may include, but are not limited to:

– Design, implementation, and evaluation of BCI games and artistic BCIs;

– Affective BCI in game, art and entertainment environments
– BCI, Augmented and Virtual Reality, serious games;
– The impact of BCI Hackathons on research and applications;
– Multi-brain and multimodal interaction in game and artistic environments;
– BCI environments for self-reflection, empathizing, and therapy;
– BCI control of instruments and tools for games and artistic expression; and
– Agency in BCI games and interactive art installations


All registered papers will be published by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library.

ArtsIT proceedings are indexed in leading indexing services, including Ei Compendex, ISI Web of Science, Scopus, CrossRef, Google Scholar, DBLP, as well as EAI’s own EU Digital Library (EUDL).


Papers should be from 6 to 9 pages long and submitted via the Confy submission system. See: http://artsit.org/


· Submission Deadline: 29 August 2019 [final]
. Notification Deadline: 26 September 2019
. Camera-ready Deadline: 10 October 2019

Workshop Chairs

Anton Nijholt, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting, Aalborg University, Denmark
Brendan Allison, University of California, San Diego, USA

Program Committee

Marvin Andujar, University of South Florida, Tampa, USA
Loïc Botrel, Germany
Chris Crawford, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA
Suzanne Dikker, New York University, USA
Christoph Guger, g.tc, Graz, Austria
Luciana Haill, Greenwich University London, UK
Bojan Kerouš; Masaryk Universiteit, Brno, Czech Republic
Silvia E. Kober, University of Graz, Austria
Mannes Poel, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Felix Putze, Universitaet Bremen, Germany
Mirjana Prpa, Simon Fraser University, Surrey, BC, Canada
Reinhold Scherer, University of Essex, UK
Stephanie Scott, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA
Aleksander Valjamae, Tallinn University, Estonia
Shuo Yan, Beihang University, Beijing, China

Call for late abstracts: Symposium on brain-computer interfaces at the annual meeting of the American Neurological Association (ANA)

American Neurological Association (ANA)
Deadline for submission: June 3, 2019


The symposium on brain-computer interfaces at the annual meeting of the American Neurological Association (ANA) is currently soliciting late breaking abstract submissions on BCI.  Up to 3 abstracts will be chosen to have a data blitz presentation at the symposium.

The symposium is held as a pre-meeting event on October 12, 2019 (6:30 PM – 9:30 PM).

For more information, please see the website or contact the Symposium Chair, An H. Do, (and@uci.edu), Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, University of California, Irvine.

For more info, see https://2019.myana.org/late-breaking-abstracts

Call for Papers 9th International IEEE SMC Brain-Machine Interface Systems Workshop (BMI’19) and BR41N.IO BMI Hackathon 

Full Paper Submission Deadline: April 14, 2019 (NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE!!)
Late-Breaking Research Abstract Submission Deadline: May 12, 2019


9th International IEEE SMC Brain-Machine Interface Systems Workshop (BMI’19)
and BR41N.IO BMI Hackathon

Bari, Italy, October 6-9, 2019
Full Paper Submission Deadline: April 14, 2019 (NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE!!)

Late-Breaking Research Abstract Submission Deadline: May 12, 2019
send abstracts to falk@emt.inrs.ca

The Workshop will be held in Bari, Italy, from October 6-9, 2019. Full-length papers (4-6 pages, +2 at a fee) can be submitted by April 14 to one of 13 Special Sessions, listed below, or to the regular BMI/neurotechnology track. Late-breaking Research Abstracts (1-2 pages) can be submitted by May 12 to falk@emt.inrs.ca.

Special Sessions:

1. BCIs for immersive environments: augmented reality, virtual reality and more. Chairs: Felix Putze, Dean Krusienski, Sergi Bermudez i Badia
2. Real-world applications of BCI systems. Chairs: Alexander Heilinger, Christoph Guger, Ivan Volosyak
3. Brain connectivity and neuronal system identification: theory and applications to brain state decoding. Chairs: Tim Mullen and Stefan Haufe
4. Multimodal brain/body-machine Interfaces for “in-the-wild” experiments. Chairs: Mark Parent and Tiago H. Falk
5. Neurorehabilitiation applications of brain-machine interfaces. Chairs: Ning Jiang and Yiwen Wang
6. Brain-inspired cognitive systems. Chairs: Yingxu Wang and Henry Leung.
7. Neuroadaptive Technologies and Passive BCIs. Chairs: Thorsten Zander, Laurens Ruben Krol and Tim Mullen
8. Recent advances in SSVEP based BCI systems. Chair: Ivan Volosyak
9. Deep learning and transfer learning for brain-machine interfacing. Chairs: Tim Mullen, Dongrui Wu, Yufei Huang, and Christian Kothe
10. Neurotechnologies in the clinic: tools, technologies and applications. Chairs: Tiago H. Falk, Francisco Fraga and Claudio Babiloni
11. BMIs enabled by shared control: principles and applications. Chairs: Luca Tonin and Serafeim Perdikis.
12. Mobile brain-body imaging and multimodal BMIs. Chairs: Tim Mullen, Christian Kothe and Tzyy-Ping Jung
13. Exploiting cognitive processes for brain-machine interaction. Chairs: Iñaki Iturrate and Ricardo Chavarriaga

All accepted and presented **full-length** papers will appear on IEEExplore. Abstracts will be listed on the workshop website and program booklet.

Paper submission guidelines are available online at: http://smc2019.org/information_for_authors.html

Brain-Computer Interfaces Journal

Call for Special Issue Papers
Submission deadline: May 30, 2019

Brain-Computer Interfaces Journal Details

Submissions are invited to a special issue of the journal Brain-Computer Interfaces dedicated to “Advanced Learning Algorithms”.  Submission deadline is 30th May 2019, with a projected publication date of December 2019. 

Visit the website for more information

AISC midterm conference 2019

From brain to behavior: neuroscience and the social sciences
IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca
Wednesday, May 22nd- Friday, May 24th, 2019

AISC midterm conference 2019 Details

Confirmed invited speakers:

Carlos Alós-Ferrer (University of Zurich)
Sarah Genon (Institute of Neurosciences and Medicine, Jülich)
Francesco Guala (University of Milan)
Marco Tamietto (University of Turin, University of Tilburg, University of Oxford)


The 2019 AISC midterm Conference will be held in Lucca on May 22nd-24th and will be hosted by the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca. We welcome contributions from any area of cognitive science, with special emphasis on the interaction between disciplines studying the brain/mind and the social sciences (broadly understood).

In recent years, the exploration of the cognitive and neurobiological foundations of rational behavior and decision-making has undergone significant changes and has raised methodological and theoretical challenges in many fields, including philosophy, psychology, economics, linguistics, computer science, and ethics. Cognitive neuroscience, behavioral economics, and other approaches like neuroeconomics and neuroethics are casting new light on traditional issues while also raising additional problems and questions.

We are interested in exploring questions such as: How can neuroscience inform research on phenomena such as social behavior, norms, and institutions? What can we learn about these phenomena from computational models? Which challenges do cognitive science raise to established theoretical frameworks, and what new paths do they open? How do cognitive and social sciences fields interact? Is there (or could there be) a common language through which the findings from one field can be made relevant to other disciplines? Are cognitive and social sciences incommensurable to some degree? Should psychology take the middle ground between brain data and social sciences, or can there be a direct ‘leap’ from brain to (economic, moral, etc.) behavior?

Important dates:

Submission deadline: February 22nd, 2019 (before midnight)
Conference dates: May 22nd – 24th


Paper presentations will be 35 minutes long including discussion. Abstracts should be written in English and should not exceed 500 words including references.
The Conference Committee reserves the right to offer poster presentations instead of full paper presentations for some of the abstracts, in light of the reviews’ considerations.


Symposium proposals should be no longer than 1500 words (including references). Every proposal should include: title, names, affiliations, contact details of the organizers and speakers, and a short explanation of the symposium’s aim.

Visit the website for more information.

Short Course in Adaptive Neurotechnologies

Albany, NY, USA
July 8-26, 2019
Submission deadline: March 1, 2019

Short Course in Adaptive Neurotechnologies Details

The National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies (NCAN) will be presenting its third NIH-supported Short Course in Adaptive Neurotechnologies.  Please see this link for details and application information.

Visit the NCAN website for more information about the Course and a link to the application website.

Cybathlon BCI Series 2019

Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria
September 17, 2019

Cybathlon BCI Series 2019

The CYBATHLON BCI Series 2019 event is organised by the organising committee of the Institute of Neural Engineering, Graz University of Technology in cooperation with administrative departments of Graz University of Technology. The CYBATHLON BCI Series 2019 will take place at Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria, on September 17, 2019