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T20: Brain neural computer interfaces and novel medical applications

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 14:00 - 17:30

Brendan Allison (short bio)
g.tec medical engineering GmbH/Guger Technologies OG, Austria
g.tec neurotechnology USA, Inc.

Günter Edlinger (short bio)
g.tec medical engineering GmbH/Guger Technologies OG, Austria


The Brain-Neural Machine/Computer Interface (BNCI) research area is a thriving and rapidly expanding field. BNCIs have been developed during the last years for people with severe disabilities to improve their quality of life. However, BNCI applications have recently been extended to different research areas, such as rapid functional mapping on the cortical level, virtual reality and rehabilitation & therapy after stroke. The Tutorial will discuss necessary prerequisites to successfully perform both invasive and non-invasive BCI experiments, and discuss progress in relevant medical domains. Live demonstrations of BNCI control will help attendees understand the technology.

Content and Benefits:

  • insights into recent hardware (wireless/non wireless) for BNCI research
  • insights into the software for BNCI research enabling participants to run their own experiments
  • giving participants the chance to analyze their BNCI performance
  • demonstrations of applications
  • Assessment of consciousness (mindBEAGLE), stroke rehabilitation (recoveriX)
  • discussing advantages/disadvantages of dry/wet sensors
  • discussing non-invasive and invasive BCI approaches
  • using BCI technologies in clinical environment (cortiQ)

Target Audience:

The goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers and interested attendees, to describe and demonstrate the options available in the field of Brain/Neural Machine Interfaces. We will highlight the usability and reliability of BCI control, which now allows developing and displaying more advanced applications. We think that such a workshop will be very appealing to audience members working in the area of HCI combining different modalities for interactions, including the medical field.

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Brief Biographical sketches

Günter Edlinger studied control engineering at the University of Technology Graz and carried out research work at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (Prof. Pfurtscheller) at the University of Technology Graz. He worked there as an assistant professor and teacher and received his PhD degree in 1998. The topic of his PhD work was the design of High Resolution EEG systems. He is co-founder of gtec. He has been responsible for R&D with special emphasis on the development and production of medical systems for over 17 years.
Brendan Allison Studied Cognitive Science and Neuroscience at the University of California at San Diego, where he conducted research through the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (Prof. Jaime Pineda). He received his PhD in 2003, and subsequently worked as a postdoc or senior postdoc with Profs. Jonathan Wolpaw, John Polich, Gert Pfurtscheller, Christa Neuper, and other top experts. He has been active in BCI research for about 20 years.

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