Current and future applications of non-invasive and invasive BCIs

About the Workshop

Research groups all over the world have been working enthusiastically on Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs), which provide a direct connection from the human brain to a computer. BCIs translate brain activity into control signals for numerous applications, including tools to help severely disabled users communicate and improve their quality of life. BCIs have been used to restore movement, assess cognitive functioning, and provide communication and environmental control. During this workshop, we will demonstrate the three major BCI approaches - motor imagery, P300 and steady state visual evoked potentials (SSVEP) - for spelling, assessment, rehabilitation and robot control. We will also explain new directions like active and dry electrodes, invasive ECoG systems and advanced VR control. The audience will see all the required hardware and software, procedures for cap mounting, training and classifier setup, and BCI operation. We will invite audience members to participate in live demonstrations, providing real-world examples of modern BCI performance in field settings. 

Attached to the 6 th  International Brain-Computer Interface Conference in Graz, Austria

The hands-on BCI workshop is attached to the 6th International Brain-Computer Interface Conference in Graz, Austria. Please visit the official BCI Conference website for a detailed program.

Date: 15th of September 2014
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: University of Technology Graz, Inffeldgasse 13, Graz, Room: HS i9, ground floor
Room: 156


Dr. Brendan Allison, UC San Diego, USA, expert in hybrid brain-computer interfaces

Dr. Gernot Müller-Putz, University of Technology Graz, principal investigator of EC projects BackHome, BNCI2020 and expert in BCI

Dr. Christoph Guger, CEO of g.tec medical engineering GmbH and developer of real-time brain-computer interfaces for EEG and ECoG

Mag. Gunther Krausz, Developer at Guger Technologies OG and expert and researcher in the field of EEG based BCI systems

Dr. Christoph Hintermüller, EC project manager for VERE and CREAM at Guger Technologies OG and expert in avatar control and environmental control

Intended Audience

This workshop is intended for people interested in learning about state-of-the-art of BCIs, working in the area of human-computer interaction, neuro-rehabilitation, working with handicapped people, innovative human computer interaction, cognitive assessment and people interested in combining BCI technology with their field of expertise.

Preliminary Program:

10:00 Current and future applications of invasive and non-invasive brain-computer interfaces, Coffee. (Christoph Guger)
11:30 Comparison of different BCI approaches (Brendan Allison) 
12:00 Brain-computer interfaces in EC projects Backhome and BNCI2020 (Gernot Müller-Putz) 

12:30 Lunch

13:00 BCIs for communication and environmental control (Gunther Krausz, Christoph Hintermüller)

14:00 Functional mapping with ECoG (Christoph Guger)
14:30 Avatar control with BCIs, the VERE, CREAM and Backhome projects (Christoph Hintermüller)

15:00 Coffee

15:15 Cognitive assessment for patients with disorders of consciousness and stroke rehabilitation with BCIs (Gunther Krausz)

16:00 Questions and Coffee 


Attendees must be registered at the 6th International Brain-Computer Interface Conference. To register for the workshop 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