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: November 10th , 2014
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Venue: Salón de Seminarios AT.003
           UAM Iztapalapa
           San Rafael Atlixco 186, Col. Vicentina
           09340 DF (map:


Erik Bojorges is a founding member of the BCI research team at the Neuroimaging Lab at UAM-Iztapalapa. He has lead the design of the open-access P300 database that is widely used at research labs elsewhere, and is currently involved in the exploration of mental tasks and associated EEG markers and features that could be effectively applied in asynchronous interfaces.  

Oscar Yánez-Suárez is an associate professor at UAM-Iztapalapa and a member of the Neuroimaging Lab faculty. He is actively involved in BCI research, mainly in the development of analysis and classification methods to improve effectiveness of both synchronous and asynchronous interfaces.

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, Dr. Oscar Yánez-Suárez.

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  Keynote held by: Erik René Bojorges Valdez - "Asynchronous BCI Commanded by Detection of Mental Calculation Episodes"

11:30  Keynote held by: Oscar Yánez-Suárez - "Echo State Networks for EEG Time Series Identification and Classification" 

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