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: March 17th , 2015
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Venue: University of Maribor
           Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
           Building: G2
           Classroom: Beta
           Smetanova ulica 17
           2000 Maribor, Slovenia
           Phone: +386 2 220 7000
           Fax: +386 2 220 7272


Aleš Holobar, D.Sc is currently an Associate Professor at Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Maribor, Slovenia. His main research interests include information extraction and signal processing with current activities focused on source separation, biomedical signal processing and neurorehabilitation.

Francisco Fernandes, B.A. is the Regional Sales Officer of g.tec medical engineering GmbH responsible for the Slovenian market. He will present and coordinate the practical hands-on sessions.

Alexander Lechner, MSc., of g.tec medical engineering GmbH is working on EEG, ECoG and spike based BCI projects. He will give a theoretical overview about BCIs and will also hold the practical sessions.

Special thanks to the host of the workshop, Prof. Aleš Holobar .

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  Aleš Holobar: “On the direct estimation of tremorogenic cortical activity from the EEG signals in pathological tremor”

12:00  Lunch

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