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Seminar / Proseminar: Doing by Thinking

Within the proseminar and seminar, students will learn about many aspects of BCI systems, ranging from basic neurophysiology and simple experimental paradigms up to complex machine learning approaches for the decoding of brain signals.

Pro-seminar: Introduction to the Functional Decoding of Brain Signals

Seminar: Invasive and Non-Invasive Methods to Decode Brain Signals in Realtime

About the course

Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) provide the possibility to decode brain signals in real-time and use them to control a hardware device or software application. As the signals are noisy, high-dimensional and show non-stationary characteristics, the decoding is challenging. Typically, the informative features and the decoding algorithm must be calibrated for each individual user, sometimes even for each novel session of the same user. If non-stationarities are involved, then adaptive approaches are needed, which can compensate temporal effects within a single session. As BCI systems run as closed-loop systems, they provide various challenges for computer scientists and machine learners. BCI neurotechnology, however, also has the potential to provide novel treatment possibilities in a clinical context (e.g. in stroke rehabilitation), can be used as a tool to watch the acting brain for a neuroscientist, and provide means to analyze and improve human-machine interfaces (e.g. for consumer products). Within the proseminar and seminar, students will learn about many aspects of BCI systems, ranging from basic neurophysiology and simple experimental paradigms up to complex machine learning approaches for the decoding of brain signals.

Organizational Information

  • Session Dates

    • 19.07.2016
  • Reports

    • A summary of the presentation (max 2 pages), should be handed in to your supervisor by May 20th 2016.
    • English is the preferred language for the pro-seminar and mandatory for the seminar topics.
    • The reports should be about 10 pages long (latex, a4wide, 11pt) and are due on August 4th!
    • The format of the report should be that of a scientific paper. Here are a couple of external resources about some general guidelines for writing the report:
  • Topics were assigned in the first meeting. Here you can find the list of topics and the corresponding supervisors: List of Topics
  • The list of topics is designed to be built upon each other which implies that the presentation quality of the basic topics is also fundamental.
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfram Burgard will give a talk on general guidelines for the seminar presentations. All the participants of the seminar are expected to attend to this talk.

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