Call for papers:

The IEEE SMC 11th Workshop on Brain-Machine Interface (BMI) Systems will be held virtually from October 17-20 as part of SMC 2021, the flagship annual conference of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. The goal of the Workshop is to provide a forum for scientists 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 Interface Systems. Participation is free to all registered SMC 2021 attendees. The theme of this year’s Workshop is:

  Current Innovations in Neurotechnology, Human-Machine Systems, and 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 neuroergonomics 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. How far off are we from the Internet of Minds?

We invite contributions reporting the latest advances, innovations, and applications in all fields related to BMI, including new neuroimaging modalities and sensor technologies, interfaces, protocols, signal enhancement and multimodal fusion, integration of BMIs with virtual/augmented reality, affective BMI, hybrid BMI, deep learning for BMI, neurorehabilitation, serious gaming, and emerging 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, and artificial intelligence, to name a few. The four-day Workshop will feature a series of panels, a virtual brain-computer interface hackathon, prominent invited industry/academia speakers, presented contributed papers, and the ceremony of the International 2021 BCI Award.

This is the sixth year that the IEEE SMC BMI Workshop will host a Brain-Computer Interface Hackathon with several cash prizes. It will be the second time it will take shape virtually! The BCI Hackathon is a brainstorming and collaborative marathon designed to rapidly produce fully functional BCI prototypes with team members spread out across the globe. The Hackathon will take place on October 17-18; participation is free for all SMC 2021 attendees. Learn more about the IEEE SMC 2021 BCI Hackathon projects and teams, how to form/join one, and how to register at

Important Dates

February 15, 2021 Special Sessions proposal due
March 15, 2021 Approval of Special Session proposals
May 15, 2021 Paper submission due
June 25, 2021 Notification of paper acceptance
July 26, 2021 Final manuscript due

Keynote Speakers

  • Yannick Roy (NeuroTechX, Canada): Training the Next-Generation of Neuroenthusiasts.
  • Douglas Weber (CMU, USA): TBD.
  • Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting (University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dortmund, Germany): BCIs for replacement and restoration of lost motor function in patient populations.

Expert Panel   -   Neurotechnology innovations amidst a global pandemic

Panelists ** Panelists will give demos of their developed devices and tools after the panel session. **

Approved Special Sessions

  1. New Trends in Brain-Machine Interfacing (Chairs: Ivan Volosyak, Christoph Guger), session id: 1f335.
  2. Brain-Inspired Autonomous Systems (Chairs: Yingxu Wang, Henry Leung), session id: 3n9ds.
  3. Brain-Machine Interfaces withn Extended Reality Applications (Chairs: Tiago Falk and Dean Krusienski), session id: h2138.
** Papers are also invited for the Regular Papers track, which, if accepted, will be assigned to relevant sessions by the TP co-chairs.**

BCI Award 2021

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 2021. 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 Web

BR41N.IO BCI Hackathon Committee


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