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The IEEE SMC 9th Workshop on Brain-Machine Interface (BMI) Systems will be held on October 6-9, 2019 in Bari, Italy as part of SMC 2019, the flagship annual conference of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. The goal of the Workshop is to provide a forum for researchers to present research results, facilitate the interaction and intellectual exchange between researchers, developers and consumers of BMI technology. We invite contributions reporting the latest advances, innovations and applications in the field of BMI.

The BMI workshop is organized by the IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Brain-Machine Interfaces Systems. Participation is free to all registered SMC 2019 attendees. The theme of this year’s workshop is:

  From Assistive Technologies to Affective Computing: What’s Next for Neurotechnologies?

BMIs were originally conceptualized as an assistive technology allowing locked-in individuals to communicate via P300 spellers. Over the years, innovative applications have emerged, including the control of exoskeletons to improve locomotion or spinal cord stimulation neurotechnologies that enable voluntary control of walking in individuals with spinal cord injury. Alternate paradigms (SSVEPs, ErrP) have also been perfected to improve communications for non-verbal individuals and new applications in affective computing and human factors have emerged. What will the future bring? BMIs are being integrated into virtual reality headsets, headphones, and eyeglasses; being used to diagnose disease; speed up rehabilitation; and for human performance enhancement. With advances in sensors and machine intelligence, what is next for BMIs?

The goal of the Workshop is to provide a forum for researchers to present research results, facilitate the interaction and intellectual exchange between researchers, developers, and consumers of BMI and other neurotechnologies. We invite contributions reporting the latest advances, innovations, and applications in these fields, including the integration of BMIs with virtual/augmented reality, affective BMIs, hybrid BMIs, deep learning for BMIs, neurorehabilitation, new neuroimaging modalities and sensor technologies, serious gaming, as well as emerging neurotechnology applications. These topics offer tremendous opportunity for collaborative and multi-disciplinary research, involving not only peers with expertise in the field of BMI and other neurotechnologies, but also those with expertise in systems engineering, human-machine systems, cybernetics, neuroscience, robotics, artificial intelligence, amongst other disciplines. The four-day Workshop will feature a series of tutorials, panels, a brain-computer interface hackathon, industry-led events for students, a hands-on demonstration session, prominent invited industry/academia speakers, and presented contributed papers.

This is the fourth year the IEEE SMC BMI Workshop will host a Brain-Computer Interface Hackathon with several cash and hardware prizes. The BCI Hackathon is a brainstorming and collaborative marathon designed to rapidly produce fully functional BCI prototypes. The Hackathon will take place on October 6-7 and provides an environment for innovation and entrepreneurship. Participation is free for all SMC 2019 participants. Learn more about the IEEE SMC2019 BCI Hackathon projects and teams, how to form/join one, and how to register at

Important Dates

February 20, 2019 Special Sessions proposal due
March 15, 2019 Approval of Special Session proposals
April 28, 2019 Full-­length (4-­6 page, +2 at an extra fee) Paper submission due
May 31, 2019 Late Breaking Research Abstract (1-­2 pages) submission due
June 7, 2019 Notification of paper acceptance
July 7, 2019 Final manuscript due

Keynote speakers

  • Maria Chiara Carrozza (Professor, Biorobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy): Human-Robot Integration for Rehabilitation and Personal Assistance (Monday, October 7, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Roof Room)
  • Febo Cincotti (Professor at the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy): Design and use of brain computer interfaces in neurorehabilitation (Tuesday, October 8, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Roof Room)
  • Amy Kruse (CSO, Platypus Institute, USA): Human 2.0: Neurotechnology-enabled performance enhancement (Wednesday, October 9, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Roof Room)

Invited speakers

  • Christoph Guger (CEO, g.tec, Austria): (1) Current and future BCI applications, (2) Running real-time BCIs
  • Martin Walchshofer (Developer, g.tec GmbH, Austria): Unicorn brain interface demonstration
  • Rossella Spataro (Neurologist at Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy): BCIs for Assessment of Patients
  • José M. Azorin (Director of BMILab and Professor at Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, Spain): BCIs for interacting with robots

Approved Special Sessions

Special Events

Several Special Events are being planned for BMI'19. In particular, the Workshop will feature: If interested in demoing your work, being part on a panel or participating in a mentorship session (as mentor or mentee), please contact the Workshop Chairs.

Late Breaking Research Abstracts

Late-breaking Research abstracts (1-2 pages) have being solicited reporting the latest advances, innovations and applications in the field of BMI and neurotechnologies, both from academia and from industry. Late-breaking research reports will be presented as posters to allow for more in-depth discussions and to foster networking and collaborations. The following 13 abstracts will be presented:
Please note that these abstracts will NOT appear on IEEExplore.

IEEE Brain Student Travel Grant and Best Paper Award

This year, IEEE Brain will be sponsoring five Student Travel Grants, valued at $500 each, and a Best BMI Paper Award, which comes with a $500 monetary prize as well. Deadline was Sept. 6th, 2019 at midnight (EST). The six finalists for the Best Paper Award are:
  • Inferring the temporal structure of directed functional connectivity in neural systems: some extensions to Granger causality (Paper 439)
  • Classification of healthy, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease individuals using single resting state EEG markers (Paper 604)
  • Salience vs. affect in implicit cursor control: first indications of separate cortical processes (Paper 621)
  • Augmented reality interface for smart home control using SSVEP-BCI and eye gaze (Paper 766)
  • A pBCI to predict attentional error before it happens in real flight conditions (Paper 979)
  • Optimizing input layers improves CNN generalization and transfer learning for imagined speech decoding from EEG (Paper 1082)
The Best Paper Award will be announced at the Workshop.

Program Commitee

Honorary Chair General Co-Chairs Technical Program Co-Chairs Special Sessions Co-Chairs Industry Co-Chairs Publicity Chairs, Sponsorship, Exhibits Media Web

Brain Hackathon Commitee

Chair Co-Chairs




Please click here to download the call for papers.