[Comp-neuro] ICRA'09 Workshop on "Brain Machine Interfaces for Neuroprostheses and Robot Control"

Javier Minguez jminguez at unizar.es
Sat Jan 10 10:55:48 CET 2009


IEEE ICRA'09 Brain Machine Interfaces for Neuroprostheses and Robot Control

The full-day workshop will be held at ICRA 2009 in Kobe (Japan), on
May 12thwithin the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and
Automation May
12-17th .

The workshop has already a list of confirmed speakers (see below) and this
call for extended abstracts and participation will be used to add new
speakers to the list and to organize a poster session.





Brain-Machine Interfaces encompass a growing and increasing community that
merges researchers and industry with the objective of creating applications
and solutions to ameliorate the quality of life of human beings. This
challenging research area involves a tight cooperation of neuroscience,
computer science, and biomedical engineering among others. With the
understanding of the human brain and the rapid development of the
instrumentation, signal processing and machine learning; brain machine
interfaces are reaching real rehabilitation applications that require
robotics developments. The neurocontrol of devices is certainly an
interesting and promising research area that is only at the beginning of
scientific and practical exploration.

In response to this growing interest in neurosignal actuated devices,
several initiatives are starting to pave the path toward a full series of
neurodevices. Researchers are investigating the neural correlates concerning
the human perception and motion to create a direct interface between the
brain and a prosthetic device, in virtually, the same way that we humans
proceed. Other researches are applying brain machine learning technology to
directly interact with autonomous mobile robots in applications like
intelligent wheelchairs or teleoperation between remote scenarios.

The objective of this workshop is two-folded. On the one hand, the intention
is to gather researchers working in different areas of brain computer
interfaces in order to give a broad panorama of the recent technological
advances. On the other hand, the workshop will address researchers working
in applications of brain machine control relevant for the robotics
community. More precisely, the aims of this workshop include:

• To bring together researchers from multidisciplinary fields, so as to
focus on the different aspects of the brain computer interfaces and their
applications to robotics, and therefore being novel and complimentary to
previous related workshops, which had a broader scope.

• To give a panorama to the robotics community of the basic technologies on
brain computer interfaces.

• To discuss novel applications of neurocontrol such as neuroprostheses,
brain actuated wheelchairs and brain teleoperated robots with the brain
computer interface community to seek for fundamental solutions.

• To evaluate different experimental designs for brain-robot interaction in
the assistive context.

• To provide a general overview of the critical issues and key points in
building brain-machine devices and assistive applications and providing
indications for further directions and developments in the field, based on
the current diverse expertise of the participants.



   - Prof. José del R. Millán, PhD. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
   Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.
   - Prof. Christa Neuper, PhD. TU-Graz. Austria.
   - Carmen Vidaurre, PhD. TU-Berlin. Germany.
   - Reinhold Scherer, PhD. University of Washington. USA
   - Gernot Müller-Putz, PhD. TU-Graz. Austria.
   - Silvestro Micera, PhD. Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. Italy
   - Prof. Fivos Panetsos, PhD. Universidad Complutense Madrid. Spain
   - José Carmena, PhD. Universidad de Berkeley. USA
   - Prof. Andy Schwartz, PhD. U. Pittsburg. USA
   - Jun Morimoto, PhD (Prof. Dr. Mitsuo Kawato, PhD). ATR Japan.
   - Ander Ramos, MSc. Fatronik and University of Tubingen. Germany.
   - Prof. Axel Gräser, PhD. U. Bremen. Germany.
   - Prof. John Donogue, PhD. Cyberkinetics. USA
   - Javier Minguez, PhD. University of Zaragoza. Spain
   - Rajesh P. N. Rao, PhD. University of Washington. USA



Extended Abstracts should be submitted by email to jminguez at unizar.es . The
abstract submission should include:

   * Title
   * List of authors and affiliations
   * Abstract of 500-800 words
   * References to your own related work
   * Relevant web links

Important dates:
 - February 7st, 2009 Deadline for submission extended abstract,
 - February 14th, 2009 Notification of type of acceptance (talk of poster)
 - February 26th, 2009 Deadline for submission of final contributions
 - May 12th, 2009 Workshop



Javier Minguez, PhD. Universidad Zaragoza. Spain

Carmen Vidaurre, PhD. TU-Berlin. Germany

Ander Ramos, MSc. University of Tubingüen. Germany; Fatronik, Spain

Prof. José del R. Millán, PhD . Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.

Prof. Klaus Robert Müller, PhD. TU-Berlin. Germany

Prof. Niels Birbaumer, PhD. University of Tubingüen. Germnay

Javier Minguez
Dpto de Infomatica e Ingenieria de Sistemas
Universidad de Zaragoza
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