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Seminars around Brain-Computer Inferfaces

In the seminars, 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.


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-stationary dynamics are involved, then adaptive approaches are needed, which can compensate for 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).

Three major topic groups will be addressed in the seminars:

  • Foundations of brain signals and Brain-Computer Interfaces

  • Algorithms for the real-time decoding of brain signals

  • Advanced neurotechnological applications

Organizational Information

  • Session Dates

    • Albertstr 23 Hörsaal H00.006 (ground floor, turn left after entrance)

      * Tuesday, July 2nd - morning
      * Tuesday, July 9th - full day
  • Reports

    • A summary of the presentation (max 2 pages). Due: May 17th
    • 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) 
    • 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 will be assigned in the first meeting. Please find a list of the topics and corresponding supervisors here.
  • 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.





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