Date: June 26, 2014

Venue: The Commons, Spooner Hall, University of Kansas, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS 66045

About the Workshop

BCI research is one of the most fascinating fields in neuroscience. Imagined movement, focused attention, or other mental tasks lead to changes in the brain's activity patterns which can be measured, analyzed and classified. The transformation of such changes into a control signal allows users to communicate or control external devices just by thinking. BCIs are an amazing technology, helping patients who have lost the ability to interact with their environment. This workshop introduces the major methodological approaches, technical issues, application examples, opportunities and limitations, current trends and much more.
This workshop is intended for people interested in learning the new skill of BCI communication and for people who are interested in combining BCI technology with their field of expertise. The workshop contains material about human computer interaction,  biosignal analysis in off-line and real-time mode, rehabilitation, biomedical and electrical engineering, computer sciences and Virtual Reality. A hands-on workshop will introduce the hard- and software used for research and development, allowing attendees to try a BCI and communicate just by thinking. Participants can perform live experiments such as P300-spelling, motor imagery BCI for rehabilitation and SSVEP control.


The first talk will be held by Jon Brumberg, Ph.D. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing and is interested in understanding the neural mechanisms underlying speech production and perception, through electrophysiological studies. His research is for developing brain-machine interfaces for controlling speech synthesizers and augmentative and alternative communication devices using electroencephalography (EEG). He is also interested in investigating the role of interactive computer programs using artificial speech synthesis for speech research.
Melanie Fried-Oken, Ph.D., CCC/SP is Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, Biomedical Engineering and Otolaryngology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, OR. She received her Ph.D. from Boston University in Psycholinguistics, and her M.S. in communication disorders from Northwestern University. She has been a researcher and clinician within the field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) since 1979, first at the Tufts-New England Medical Center's Rehabilitation Engineering Center on AAC and then in the Institute on Development & Disabilities at OHSU. She has worked with individuals with both developmental and acquired speech and physical disabilities, designing speech generating technologies, producing new evaluation and treatment protocols, and training students to become the next generation of AAC professionals. Recently, she has been PI of a translational research project to develop a new brain computer interface, that bringing together diverse teams of researchers and end-users, including people with locked-in syndrome.

Dr. Christoph Guger , the CEO of g.tec medical engineering GmbH, who is working on EEG, ECoG and spike based BCI projects within g.tec will give a theoretical overview about BCIs and will also held the practical sessions. They are  involved in EC projects like Vere, Renachip, ALIAS, Brainable, Decoder and Better and will also talk about these projects.

Intended Audience

This workshop is intended for people interested in learning the new skill of BCI communication, people, working in the area of human-computer interaction, neuro-rehabilitation, working with handicapped people, innovative human computer interaction, people interested in combining BCI technology in their field of expertise.

Preliminary Program:

09:30 Welcome & Intro
11:00 Keynote: Jonathan Brumberg, Ph.D.
11:20 Coffee break
11:30 Keynote: Melanie Fried-Oken, Ph.D., CCC/SP
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Hands-on session: BCI live demo
16:45 Final discussions


The workshop is free of charge but space is limited. For registration please send an e-mail to

Relevant links

State of Art in BCI research: The BCI Award 2010 book chapter
BCI videos - new results from Deniz Erdogmus, Gerwin Schalk, g.tec and many others