WORKSHOP ON BRAIN-COMPUTER INTERFACES IN REHABILITATION ROBOTICS

Date: June 20, 2014

Venue: TIRR RESEARCH BUILDING, SECOND FLOOR, MOURSUND STREET, HOUSTON, TX 77030

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.

Speakers

The first special talk / lecture will be held by will be held by Gerard E. Francisco, M.D. : Clinical Professor of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UT Health Director, Neurorecovery Research Center Chief Medical Officer, TIRR Memorial Hermann.
The second talk/ lecture will be held by Jose L Contreras-Vidal, Ph.D. : Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering & Biomedical Engineering Director, Laboratory for Noninvasive Brain-Machine Interface Systems University of Houston.
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 & introduction
11:00    Keynote: Gerard E. Francisco, M.D.: “The Role of BCI in rehabilitation Robotics”
11:20    coffee break
11:30    Keynote: Jose L Contreras-Vidal, Ph.D.:
            “Decoding intent from scalp EEG for patient-centered BCI applications in rehabilitation robotics: Opportunities and Pitfalls”
   
12:00    lunch

13:00    hands-on session: BCI live demonstrations
16:45    final discussions & questions

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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