Workshop, seminar on brain-computer interaction scheduled for June 24

A workshop and hands-on seminar on brain-computer interface research is scheduled for June 24 at Western Washington University in Academic Instructional Center West Room 204.

BCI research is one of the most fascinating fields in neuroscience. Imagined movement, focused attention, or other mental tasks lead to changes in the brain's activity patterns which can be measured, analyzed and classified. The transformation of such changes into a control signal allows users to communicate or control external devices just by thinking. BCIs are an amazing technology, helping patients who have lost the ability to interact with their environment. This workshop introduces the major methodological approaches, technical issues, application examples, opportunities and limitations, current trends and much more.

This workshop is intended for people interested in learning the new skill of BCI communication and for people who are interested in combining BCI technology with their field of expertise. The workshop introduces the material about human computer interaction, biosignal analysis in off-line and real- time mode, rehabilitation, biomedical and electrical engineering, computer sciences and Virtual Reality. A hands-on workshop will introduce the hardware and software used for research and development, allowing attendees to try a BCI and communicate just by thinking. Participants can perform live experiments such as P300-spelling, motor imagery BCI for rehabilitation and SSVEP control.

Speaking at the event will be Günter Edlinger, the CEO of g.tec medical engineering GmbH. Edlinger is working on EEG, ECoG and spike based BCI projects within g.tec will give a theoretical overview about BCIs and will also held the practical sessions. He is involved in EC projects like Vere, Renachip, ALIAS, Brainable, Decoder and Better, and he'll talk about these projects at the event.

Attendance is free, but registration is required. For more information, contact Barbara Vogt at