The deadline for submissions to this special session has been extended to May 20th
Anton Nijholt from University of Twente and Rob Jacob from Tufts University are organizing a special session at ICMI 2011 on “BCI and Multimodality”. All ICMI sessions, including the special sessions, are plenary. Hence, having a special session during the ICMI conference means that there is the opportunity to address a broad audience and make them aware of new developments and special topics. Clearly, if we look at BCI for non-medical applications a multimodal approach is natural. We can make use of knowledge about user, task, and context. Part of this information is available in advance, part of the information becomes available on-line in addition to EEG or fNIRS measured brain activity. The intended user is not disabled, he or she can use other modalities to pass commands and preferences to the system, and the system may also have information obtained from monitoring the mental state of the user. Moreover, it may be the case that different BCI paradigms can be employed in parallel or sequentially in multimodal (or hybrid) BCI applications.
Workshop at ACII 2011
The second workshop on affective brain-computer interfaces will explore the advantages and limitations of using neuro-physiological signals as a modality for the automatic recognition of affective and cognitive states, and the possibilities of using this information about the user state in innovative and adaptive applications. The goal is to bring researchers from the communities of brain computer interfacing, affective computing, neuro-ergonomics, affective and cognitive neuroscience together to present state-of-the-art progress and visions on the various overlaps between those disciplines.
Just a quick note, I’ll be doing an update on the workshop later on the week (i.e. after I recover from my upcoming jetlag which I’m hestiantly waiting for as I board my flight home). In the meantime check out the following workshop on augmented social interaction.
Workshop at ACII 2011
Augmenting Social Interaction through Affective Computing is the first workshop on affective computing that specifically aims to improve or enhance social interaction among humans. Social interactions, whether mediated or face-to-face, can benefit significantly from advances in affective computing and social signal processing. Example application areas include mental healthcare, training and coaching, negotiation, and close intimate interactions. To address this topic, we invite submissions on the relation between social interaction between humans and affective computing technologies.
Schedule can be found here.
I’m proud to announce the launch of the official webpage for Brain and Body Interfaces: Designing for Meaningful Interaction a workshop running at CHI 2011 May 7-11th 2011. You can subscribe to the workshop RSS feed here, where we will be posting all the latest workshop updates (social networking feeds will be following shortly).
I’ve created a subdomain to host the webpage to make it easier to remember http://brainandbody.physiologicalcomputing.net.
Last Tuesday the former chancellor of the university, Cherie Booth visited our place of work in the School of Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University to see the labs in action. During our demo we were running two BioHarness chest-straps and the Enobio wireless EEG while myself (red/white shirt) and a volunteer (blue/white shirt) went head to head on Wii boxing.
Photos of the rest of the tour around the department can be found at LJMU’s Facebook page.
A late addition to the conference list is BIOSIGNALS2010 – 3rd International Conference on Bio-Inspired Systems and Signal Processing to be held in Valencia in January 2010. This conference includes sessions on: signal processing, wearable sensors and user interface. Full details here
A workshop has been organised as part of CHI 2010 in Atlanta entitled “Brain, Body and Bytes”. Details are here. The same organisers have also set up a facebook group.
The workshop on affective computing and BCI in Amsterdam this September has extended its deadline to 22nd June for all papers. Website for workshop here
The European Future Tech conference has the catchy title “Science Beyond Fiction” and is organised by the Future & Emerging Technologies (FET) division of the European Commission. I’m involved in the REFLECT project and we’re doing a conference session about our work on 22nd April.