Newsletter September 2014

Âtman Project by Raphaël Holt - Dance-neuroscience performance using g.Nautilus 

Âtman is a performance that resides at the intersection of the neurosciences and dance. Using wireless electro-encephalographic technology, associated with BCI and EEG sonification processes, a performer's brain waves are translated into sound waves in real time. The performer is joined by a dancer, and the duo evolves, each exploring the question of the Other.
 
This project is a piece of research and art about being, about presence and about encounter. We found inspiration in the practice of yoga, butoh and Ma as we immersed ourselves in a discovery of movement and immobility. Modified states of consciousness as well as meditation were fully part of the research from the outset. We were searching for an experience that was at once intimate and widely shared. This universal essence, Âtman written in Sanskrit, is the subject of this piece. We offer an experience, an invitation to see the invisible. The performers are asked to simply be. This calls for an incredible responsiveness, an uncommon attentiveness, so as not to construct, fabricate, act, over-perform, or preconceive. The performers were asked to address a simple and complex truth, which can be called presence. To be in the present and to be present. To be a being that can cast light on the forgotten, on the things that reside in the invisible. It began with this desire to listen to the intimate music of the mind, of the body at work. For both spectator and performer, the hope is to resonate in concert with one another, in the sense that matter itself resonates, collectively and individually, within acoustic forms that extend the space of this experience.
Âtman performance was produced by Le Fresnoy, national Studio for contemporary arts, in partnership with Guger Technologies. It uses the wireless EEG technology g.Nautilus and software platform OpenVibe and PureData.

Find further information here: Âtman performance
Please find a video here: Âtman video

The Annual BCI Award - And the winner is ... 

The jury of the Annual BCI Award 2014 is happy to announce that this year's winner of the award is: 
  
 K. Hamadaa , H. Morib , H. Shinodaa , T.M. Rutkowskib,c
 a The University of Tokyo, JP, b Life Science Center of TARA, University of Tsukuba, JP, c RIKEN Brain Science Institute, JP
 Airborne Ultrasonic Tactile Display BCI
 
 2nd place:
 J. Ibáñeza , J. I. Serranoa , M. D. del Castilloa , E. Mongeb , F. Molinab , F.M. Rivasb , J.L. Ponsa
 a Bioengineering Group of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), b LAMBECOM group, Health Sciences Faculty, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Alcorcón, ES
 Heterogeneous BCI-triggered functional electrical stimulation intervention for the upper-limb rehabilitation of stroke patients
 
 3rd place:
 N. Mrachacz-Kerstinga , N. Jiangb , S. Aliakbaryhosseinabadia , R. Xub , L. Petrinia , R. Lontisa , M. Jochumsena , K. Dremstrupa , D. Farinab
 a Sensory-Motor Interaction, Department of Health Science and Technology, DK, b Dept. Neurorehabilitation Engineering Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience University Medical Center, DE
 The changing brain: Bidirectional learning between algorithm and user       
 
 See some pictures of the award ceremony here: The Annual BCI Award

mindBEAGLE - New Video & First Measurment Results 

There is now a video of mindBEAGLE available. It shows how to setup the equipment, run experiments and analyze the results.
You can download the video, on request (), under: mindBEAGLE Video
 
mindBEAGLE generates detailed result plots after each session, depending on the approach used (Auditory stimulation, tactile stimulation with either two or three tactor's and imagination of motor movements). Read a description of the results under following link: mindBEAGLE Measurement Results

User-story: The LIVELab - McMaster Institute for Music & The Mind - Dr. Laurel J. Trainor 

Read an interesting user-story about the project "LIVELab" from the Institute for Music & The Mind at the McMaster University.
In this environment, they will be able to measure brain responses from several performers at a time to investigate (for example) how musicians play together during a performance. The researchers will also be able to measure physiological responses in audience members to understand how they react cognitively and emotionally to various aspects of performances.         
 
Full story under: The LIVELab story

 

Automotive/Aerospace Neurophysiology Lab Plan 

The new Automotive/Aerospace Neurophysiology lab plan gives you an overview of a recommended setup for a fully equipped laboratory. It shows, in detail, how our devices can be combined and work together, including with external stimulation units, simulators, etc.
The g.tec equipment can be used in several recording environments like:

  • Moving platforms/simulators
  • Human centrifuges
  • Hypobaric/hyperbaric chambers
  • Real vehicles or aircrafts

Follow this link to see the plan: Automotive/Aerospace Neurophysiology Lab Plan

g.tec electrodes and NIRS 

The g.SCARABEO electrode is compatible with the Shimadzu NIRS system. This allows a parallel recording of EEG and NIRS data.
 
See a picture under: g.SCARABEO and NIRS

New project - CREAM (Creativity Enhancement through Advanced brain Mapping and stimulation) 

Current ICT technology provides new capabilities to measure the functional activity of the brain and to compute in real-time stimuli that can be applied to the brain itself to train and modify its activity.
This new frontier of research is made possible by a dramatic increase in cheap computing power, novel design methodologies for high-performance software, integrated circuits and systems for sensors and actuators, and algorithms and software environments for collaborative interaction of people cooperating on solving a specific problem.
This project will explore the consequences of exploiting these novel technologies to improve a higher-order tasks such as creativity. 
 
Visit the project website for more information: CREAM

g.GAMMAgel for traveling 

g.tec's high conductive, high-viscosity electrode gel is now also available in a 100 ml doser can, which can be carried in hand luggage when you are traveling.         
 
Find information under: g.GAMMAgel

g.BSanalyze - Matlab and Stand-Alone Version 

When you buy g.tec's offline biosignal analysis tool g.BSanalyze, you get a Matlab version and a Stand-Alone version, which can run without a Matlab installation. 
 
Find information about the software under: g.BSanalyze

Illustration of brain-to-brain coupling highlighted using dual-EEG - Jonas Chatel-Goldman, Grenoble University 

An EEG lab was established for recording the brain activity of participants carrying out co-operative, or synchronized, tasks. 
 
Find information under: Neurogadget.com
and gipsa-lab

New Publications - Book Chapter and Journal Publication 

Upcoming workshops are:

Workshops, Conferences & Congresses 

Upcoming exhibitions are:

Further upcoming events in 2014: Events

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