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.

Date: October 08th , 2014
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Location: IBILI
              Health Sciences
              POLO 3
              University of Coimbra 


IBILI - Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Life Sciences is a research Institution of the Faculty of Medicine - University of Coimbra and relies on excellent clinical and laboratory facilities as well as on a highly skilled and mutlidisciplinary scientific staff. IBILI is an internationally recognized centre of excellence for research in health sciences. Particular strenghts include research in Vision Sciences. Integration between basic and clinical research is essential for the advance of modern health sciences and IBILI commits a major effort to support such integrated research programmes.

Alexander Lechner, MSc., sales man at g.tec medical engineering GmbH and researcher in the field of EEG based BCI systems. 

Special thanks to the host of the workshop, Miguel Castelo-Branco, IBILI - University of Coimbra.

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

A  workshop allows to present all major BCI systems in real-time and is an important event that enables you to compare the different concepts. This helps to shape future plans for your own research applications.

10:00  Introduction to major methodological approaches  of BCI  & introduction to hard- and software

11:00 Special talks held by the Coimbra group (IBILI - Institute for Biomedical Imaging in Life Sciences):

  • Miguel Castelo-Branco: Introduction
  • Gabriel Pires: Applications in Movement Disorders
  • José Cecílio, Marco Simões, Carlos Amaral, João Lima, Bruno Direito, João Andrade: Applications in Social Cognition Disorders - EEG, Gaming and lessons for neuroimaging based neurofeedback

12:00  Lunch break

13:00  Hands-on sessions: BCI live experiments

16:00  Final discussion & questions


Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required because space is limited.
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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