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Program Booklet
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to participate in the BR41N.IO Hackathon

The IEEE SMC 10th Workshop on Brain-Machine Interface (BMI) Systems will be held virtually on October 11-14, 2020 as part of SMC 2020, 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 BMIs.

The BMI Workshop is organized by the IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Brain-Machine Interfaces Systems. Participation is free to all registered SMC 2020 attendees. As this year marks the Workshop’s 10th anniversary, we will review the neurotechnology advances of the past decade, discuss current developments, and discuss innovations that will arise in the next ten years. As such, the theme of this year’s Workshop is:

  The Past, Present, and Future of Neurotechnology Development: Towards the “Internet of Minds”

BMIs were originally conceptualized as an assistive technology allowing locked-in individuals to communicate via P300 spellers. Over the last decade, innovative applications have emerged, including the control of exoskeletons to improve locomotion, as well as 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 next decade 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 fifth year that the IEEE SMC BMI Workshop will host a Brain-Computer Interface Hackathon with several cash 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 11-12 and provides an environment for innovation and entrepreneurship. Participation is free for all SMC 2020 participants. Learn more about the IEEE SMC2020 BCI Hackathon projects and teams, how to form/join one, and how to register at

Important Dates

February 16, 2020 Special Sessions proposal due
March 15, 2020 Approval of Special Session proposals
May 31, 2020 Paper submission due
June 30, 2020 Notification of paper acceptance
June 30, 2020 BMI Late Breaking Submission
July 31, 2020 Final manuscript due

Keynote speakers

  • Ana Maiques (CEO of Neuroelectrics, USA): Helping patients in need through non invasive brain stimulation.

Approved Special Sessions

BCI Award 2020

The International BCI Award, endowed with 6,000 USD, is one of the top accolades in BCI research. The BCI Award was created to recognize outstanding and innovative research in the field of Brain-Computer Interfaces. 12 projects are nominated before the winner is announced at the BCI Award Ceremony. Submission deadline: 1st of August 2020. To submit your BCI project, please see the website.

Program Committee

Honorary Chair General Co-Chairs Technical Program Co-Chairs Special Sessions Co-Chairs Industry Co-Chairs Publicity, Sponsorship, Exhibits Chair Student/Young Professionals Liaisons Media Web

BR41N.IO BCI Hackathon Committee

Chair Co-Chairs

Please click here to download the call for papers.