BRAIN-COMPUTER INTERFACES 101
ONLINE GLOBAL SERIES






co-organized by:

CNBR Skoltech and NeuroTechX
1600+ participants
The largest online neurotech event
57 countries
People from all around the world
30 speakers
Representatives from Emotiv, g.tec, OpenBCI, BitBrain, Neurable and many others

More than 1600+ people from all around the world signed up for the Brain-Computer Interfaces 101 global series. The events took place during May 5−21 2020, 3 weeks in a row, 3 days each week. Companies like Emotiv, g.tec, OpenBCI, BitBrain, Neurable, Cognixion, Aether Biomedical, Neurotrend and many others shared their ideas and visions on the current state of Brain-Computer Interfaces and the future of this field. Audience from more than 50+ countries watched the series live, asked many interesting questions and participated in the online polls.

Week 1
BCIs becoming mainstream
Representatives from Emotiv, g.tec, OpenBCI and NeuroTechX discuss:

  • Short history and an overview of the BCIs field.
  • Using BCIs at workplace.
  • Would you get a brain implant to improve your memory?
  • Limitations of EEG and future of BCI technology.
  • Combining EEG and fNIRS.
  • Do you need a PhD to work in the field?
Neurophysiology basis of Brain-Machine Interfaces
Dr. Mikhail Lebedev from Higher School of Economics gives a presentation about:

  • What is a Brain-Computer Interface?
  • Application of invasive interfaces
  • Restoring motor and sensory functions
  • Inducing visual illusions
  • Is there a Morse code in temporal structure of neurons firing?
  • Controlling robotic arms with invasive interfaces
From research to a startup.
Discussion between Yuri Kotelevtsev (Head of CNBR, Skoltech),
Vasily Klucharev (Head of the Institute for Cognitive Sciences, NRU HSE), Artur Biktimirov (Neurosurgeon, Far East Federal University)
Timur Bergaliev (Neuronet, MIPT, Bitronics Lab), Luiza Kirasirova (BCI Samara) on:
  • Neurotech research in Russia
  • Using primates in experiments
  • Neurosurgery and BCIs
  • Full body haptic suit
  • BCI Samara 2020 conference
Week 2
Does BCI need a human?
Dr. Fabien Lotte, from INRIA, France and Liza Okorokova from University of Chicago discuss:

  • Impact of the user's state on the usage of BCI
  • What kind of people are naturally good at controlling BCIs?
  • How to handle people who don't respond to BCI
  • How to compare EEG signals from different people
  • Signal processing pipeline
  • Applying Deep Learning to BCIs
How to start your experiment
Creators of OpenVIBE, Resonance and BrainDecode discuss:

  • Building signal processing pipelines with a GUI
  • Neurotech and open-source community
  • Automation of experiments
  • Decoding EEG with deep-learning
Analyzing brain activity
David Haslacher (Germany, Clinical Neurotechnology Lab) conducts an online mini-workshop on decoding brain activity from raw EEG signals. Topics include:

  • Using ICA to for removing the artifacts
  • How to visualize your data
  • Using Machine Learning in EEG analysis
Week 3
Building a BCI product: developer & research kits
Representatives from BitBrain, Neurosity and ICIBCI discuss:
  • Building a "Google Cardboard" of BCIs: dropping the cost of your device
  • Typing messages with your mind
  • Do you really need a lot of electrodes to make a useful application?
  • Using a non-invasive BCI for controlling a car
  • How to build a stand-alone BCI with all the processing made on the device
  • BCIs and data security
Building a BCI product: consumer & clinical products
Representatives from Cognixion, Neurotrend and Impulse Neiry discuss:
  • Neurotech and Neuromarketing
  • How to get from an idea to the market
  • Using BCIs in education
  • Giving impaired people an opportunity to communicate
  • BCIs in games and entertainment
  • Neuroethical challenges of making a consumer BCI
Building a BCI Career
Representatives from Aether Biomedical, Neurable and Mind Affect discuss:
  • The set of skills you need to start a career in the Neurotech field
  • Building a prosthetic limb
  • 3 things to focus on when building a Neurotech startup
  • How to pitch to investors
  • Transitioning from research to industry
  • Recommended resources & literature
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