Newsletter September 2015

g.tec EEG bread knife - Knives inspired by neurotechnology 

In the seventies, Gert Pfurtscheller developed a method to describe cognitive processes, known in the scientific world as event-related desynchronization. The knife's hand-cut blade shows this event-related desynchronization recording with a g.tec brain-computer interface while a person imagines a cutting movement with his right hand. The EEG was recorded from the left hemisphere at electrode position C3. 
The blade is hand-forged and consists of a single piece of Chrome-Vanadium-Molybdenum steel. The handle is made of olive wood, which is a couple hundred years old. The knife is hand-sanded in the Alps of Austria. Blade length: 21 cm 
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The Annual BCI Award 2015 - 10 nominees selected 

10 high-level projects have been nominated for the Annual BCI Award 2015 (in alphabetical order):

  • Peter Brunner, Karen Dijkstra, Will Coon, Jürgen Mellinger, Anthony L. Ritaccio, Gerwin Schalk (Albany Medical College and the National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies, Wadsworth Center, Albany, US)
    An ECoG-Based BCI on Auditory Attention to Natural Speech
  • R. Chavarriaga1 , L.A. Gheorghe1,2 , H. Zhang1 , Z. Khaliliardali1 , J. d. R. Millán1 (1 Defitech Chair in Brain-Machine Interface, Center for Neuroprosthetics, EPFL, Lausanne, CH,2 Mobility Services Laboratory, Nissan Research Center, Nissan Motor Co., JP)
    Easy riders: Brain-Computer interfaces for enhancing driving experience
  • Damien Coyle (School of Computing and Intelligent Systems, Ulster University, UK)
    Sensorimotor Modulation Assessment and Brain-Computer Interface Training with Auditory feedback in Disorders of Consciousness
  • Christian Herff1 , Dominic Heger2 , Adriana de Pesters3 ,Dominic Telaar2 , Peter Brunner3,4 , Gerwin Schalk3,4 , Tanja Schultz1 (1 Cognitive Systems Lab, Universität Bremen, Bremen, DE, 2 Cognitive Systems Lab, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, DE, 3 National Resource Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies, Wadsworth Center, Albany, US, 4 Department of Neurology, Albany Medical College, Albany, US)
    Brain-to-Text: Towards continuous speech as a paradigm for BCI
  • Roni Hogri1,3 , Simeon A. Bamford2,4 , Aryeh H. Taub1,5 (1 Psychobiology Research Unit, Tel Aviv University, IL,2 Complex Systems Modeling Group, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, IT, 3 Current address:Department of Neurophysiology, Medical University of Vienna, AT,4 Current address: Inilabs Gmbh, CH,5 Current address: Department of Neurobiology, Wiezmann Institute of Science, IL)
    De-novo experience-based learning in rats interfaced with a "cerebellar chip"
  • Guy Hotson1 , David P McMullen2 , Matthew S. Fifer3 , Matthew S. Johannes4 , Kapil D. Katyal4 , Matthew P. Para4 , Robert Armiger4 , William S. Anderson2 , Nitish V. Thakor3 , Brock A. Wester4 , Nathan E. Crone5 (1 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, US,2 Department of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University, US, 3 Department of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University,US, 4 Applied Neuroscience, JHU Applied Physics Laboratory, US, 5 Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University, US)
    Individual Finger Control of the Modular Prosthetic Limb using High-Density Electrocorticography in a Human Subject
  • Kenji Kato, Masahiro Sawada, Tadashi Isa, Yukio Nishimura (National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Aichi, JP)
    Restoration for the volitional motor function via an artificial neural connection
  • Guangye Li, Dingguo Zhang (Robotics Institute, School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, CN)
    Brain-Computer Interface Controlling Cyborg: A Functional Brain-to-Brain Interface between Human and Cockroach
  • N Mrachacz-Kersting1 , L Yao2 , S Gervasio1 , N Jiang3 , BD Ebbesen1 , TS Palsson1 , TG Nielsen1 ,R. Xu2 , D. Falla2 , K Dremstrup1 , D Farina2 (1 Sensory-Motor Interaction, Aalborg University, DK,2 University Medical Center, Göttigen, DE, 3 University of Waterloo, CA)
    A Brain-Computer-Interface to combat musculoskeletal pain
  • Sergey D. Stavisky, Jonathan C. Kao, Paul Nuyujukian, Stephen I. Ryu, Krishna V. Shenoy (Stanford University, US)
    Increasing the useful lifespan of intracortical BCIs by decoding local field potentials as an alternative or compliment to spikes

Read more under: BCI Award 2015

intendiX - Get g.tec's P300 Speller for free with your g.USBamp 

If you buy a new g.USBamp amplifier now, you will get g.tec's personal EEG-based spelling software intendiX for free. Ask your g.tec sales officer or distribution partner for this special offer.
More information about the software under: intendiX

Brain Painting - New exhibition of Brain-Painting artist Heide Pfützner 

As part of the exhibition series "Art in the clinic" in SRH Fachkrankenhaus Neresheim, the digital art of the German artist Heide Pfützner, who suffered from ALS, can be seen from 12th June to 28th September 2015.
Heide Pfützner worked for several years with the innovative design technology Brain Painting. Some of her created works are now on display in Neresheim, Germany.       
Read more under: Brain-Painting exhibition

ALS Podcast - BCI with Melanie Fried Oken 

Melanie Fried-Oken, Ph.D., CCC/Sp is a certified speech-language pathologist and a leading international clinician and researcher in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication. In this podcast, Dr. Fried-Oken talks about Brain Computer Interfaces and how this emerging technology will help people with ALS and others who are "locked in" to communicate with the world and gain a higher quality of life.
Listen to the podcast under: BCI with Melanie Fried Oken

Brain Computer Music Interface 

Plymouth University works with patients at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability on the world's first and potentially life-changing musical performance.
Pioneering technology has been used to pool forces of a string quartet and four people living with severe disability for the world's first musical performance with a Brain Computer Music Interface.
There will further be a performance at the Mozart & The Mind festival on the 26th of September 2015.
Read more under: Brain Computer Music Interface and under: Mozart & The Mind                           

BCI Meeting 2016 - BCI Past, Present, and Future 

The Sixth International BCI Meeting: "BCI Past, Present, and Future", is scheduled for May 30 - June 3, 2016 at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California, USA. The 2016 BCI Meeting will retain the unique, highly interactive, student-friendly, retreat-like atmosphere and high-impact activities that are the hallmarks of the BCI Meeting Series.
The meeting will include posters, talks, demonstrations, workshops, and other scientific content.
Find information under: BCI Meeting 2016
Information for Workshops: Call for Workshops

8th International Workshop on Advances in Electrocorticography 

The workshop will be held from October 15-16, 2015 in the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 S Martin Luther King Dr, Chicago, IL 60616 USA. Researchers will speak about recent activities.
Find more information under: ECoG Workshop

New Publications - New Book Chapter 

New book chapter:
The book "Motor Imagery: Emerging Practices, Role in Physical Therapy and Clinical Implications" , edited by Brandon M. Garcia, includes the chapter:
"Motor Imagery with Brain-Computer Interface Neurotechnology"
by Christoph Guger, Christoph Kapeller, Rupert Ortner, and Kyousuke Kamada:
Find further information under: Publications

Workshops, Conferences & Congresses 

Upcoming workshops are:

Upcoming exhibitions are:

Further upcoming events in 2015: Events

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