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BRAIN-COM­PUTER INTER­FACE HACKA­THON AT IEEE SMC 2017

October 7-8, 2017 in Banff, Canada
Centre for Arts and Creativity

IEEE Advancing Technology for HumanityIEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics SocietyIEEE brainIEEE Computational Intelligence SocietyIEEE MagneticsIEEE Consumer Electronics SocietyIEEE Systems Council

 

 

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IEEE SMC BCI HACKATHON

 

Brain Hackathons are brainstorming and collaborative marathons designed to rapidly produce working prototypes. At IEEE SMC, brain hackathons bring developers, technologists, engineers, students, artists, and scientists together in teams of 5 participants each over 2 days to cram and build solutions that they can present. Hence, the Brain Hackathon provides an environment for innovation and entrepreneurship.  By putting creative minds from multiple disciplines together for a short period of time, we have the opportunity to discover and uncover possibilities for using BCI-related hardware and software not readily thought of.  Hacks and innovation developed from Brain Hackathons have great potential for commercialization. Finally, Brain Hackathons are also  designed to be a learning experience for everyone.

There are several predefined projects at the hackathon, which the participants can choose to work on. Below, the projects are described in detail including hard- and software specifications as well as the number of possible participants for each project.  Motor imagery and EP based systems are mostly used to control the applications. Specific hardware for the projects will be provided, however, software should already be installed on your personal laptop before you come to the hackathon.

Read more: IEEE SMC Brain-Computer Interface Hackathon

Who can participate?

Anyone can participate who has interests in BMI, BCI, robotics, AR, VR, machine learning, computing, sensors, human-machine interface systems, control, signal processing, big data, haptics, rehabilitation, and similar areas. One does not have to be a BMI expert to participate on a team! Interdisciplinary teams with a combination of BMI and non-BMI skills are often successful in building solutions and producing working prototypes.

Can I participate online?

Additional teams or team members can participate online, but we recommend that at least one team member is present in Banff (expections can be made depending on circumstances). There has been a 100 Mbps dedicated line for online participation. Please register for your favorite project below and let us know that you want to participate online.

Can I submit a different project?

Professional teams can also participate to develop applications during the Hackathon to demonstrate full potential of some of the sponsored hardware/software. If you are looking for team members, your project will be included in the table plan below where people can apply for it.

Submit your project to m.h.smith@ieee.org.

Can students compete among each other?

Participating in the IEEE SMC Brain Hackathon Student Competition gives students the chance to win a seat on a team in the IEEE SMC 2017 Brain-Computer Interface Hackathon. To participate in the student competition, please apply online.

What's in there for me?

Be creative, think outside the box. The Hackathon is fun and gets you to network and collaborate with other Geeks. Of course, there will be prizes for the best 3 programming and artistic projects each. The best Hackathon projects will be awarded with $ 6,000 in cash and hardware prizes:

  • $ 1,000 IEEE Brain Initiative Prize
  • $ 1,000 IEEE SMC Prize
  • $ 1,000 Qusp Prize
  • $ 1,000 BR41N.IO Prize
  • $ 1,000 OpenBCI Prize
  • $ 1,000 Smartstones Prize
  • $ 500 NIRx Prize

BCI PRINCIPLES FOR BR41N.IO

 

Brain-computer interfaces are realized by 4 different principles:

slow waves

steady-state visual evoked potentials (SSVEP)

motor imagery (MI)

evoked potentials (EP)

In the BR41N.IO Hackathon Series, motor imagery and EP based systems
are mostly used to control the applications:

In the case of the motor imagery application, participants have to imagine e.g. left or right hand movement to produce an event-related desynchronization over the sensorimotor cortex. This is basically an amplitude change of the alpha and beta regions of the EEG.

In the case of EPs, the BCI system is showing different flashing icons and the user has to attend to the icon he wants to select. When the icon flashes on the computer screen, than a P300 wave is produced in the brain and the BCI system is able to detect it.
 

For BCI usage it is important to calibrate the system on each individual person. This is done within 5 minutes. Afterwards the user can already control an application in real-time. An important aspect of BCI usage is that EEG electrodes are fixed over the corresponding brain regions to allow high quality EEG control. Therefore, we are using 8-16 electrodes that are assembled on the sensorimotor cortex, parietal and occipital regions.

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HACKATHON SCHEDULE

Location: The Max Bell Building, room MB252

 

Saturday, 2017/10/07

8:00 – 8:30 AM

Welcome: 1st Canadian Brain Hackathon | Tiago Falk
Intro of Brain Hackathon | Michael Smith
Logistic information | Christoph Guger

8:30 – 9:15 AM Current and future applications of
brain-computer interfaces using signal processing, robotic control, VR control, machine learning

Christoph Guger
9:15 – 9:45 AM How to run a real-time BCI application successfully
Christoph Guger
9:45 – 11:00 AM Hacker groups and mentoring
11:00 AM START: BRAIN HACKATHON
12:00 PM Lunch (Pizzas)
1:20 - 2:10 PM BCI Panel: Important topics in designing and building real world BMI systems: What's new?
6:00 PM Dinner (Pizzas can be served until 11 PM)
2:00 AM END: BRAIN HACKATHON

Sunday, 2017/10/08

7:00 AM START: BRAIN HACKATHON
9:30 - 10:20 AM Integrating brain-computer interface technology
with augmented and virtual reality

Paul Sajda, PhD, Columbia University
12:30 PM END: BRAIN HACKATHON
12:30 – 1:00 PM Preparation of presentations
1:00 – 3:00 PM Hackathon project presentations
Final thank you and picture session
3:00 – 3:30 PM Meeting Hackathon Jury
3:30 – 4:30 PM Closing SMC
4:30 – 5:00 PM Closing SMC Ceremony
Awarding of BMI Hackathon Prizes
at the Main Stage
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HACKATHON JURY

 

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Christoph Guger (AT)

Founder and CEO of g.tec medical engineering | Guger Technologies
 
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Michael Smith (US)

University of California, Berkeley

 
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Stuart Mason Dambrot (US)

Transdisciplinary Researcher | Theorist
Research Fellow, BMI Consortium
 
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Milena Korostenskaja (US)

Head of Functional Brain Mapping and BCI Lab, Florida Hospital for Children, US
 

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Anouk Wipprecht (NL)

Hi-Tech Fashion Designer & Engineer,
Designer of "Agent Unicorn"

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HACKING PROJECTS
 

Your Hacking Project w/ BCI & OpenBCI

You are invited to create your own programming project for this hackathon. You'll have all the BCI headsets and other equipment available to design and program your own fully functional BCI.

soft-/hardware specifications: 2x EEG headsets (8 channels), openBCI
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills

Registration

 

intendiX/extendiX Smart Home

The unicorn is supported by the P300 based spelling application intendiX. It is possible to control home devices such as lamps, radios or television. Watch the intendiX/extendiX Smart Home video.

soft-/hardware specifications: unicorn, everyday objects (bring your own objects)
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)

Registration

 

fNIRS Motor Imagery Competition

This is a competitive game where 2 players use motor imagery and the one who thinks stronger wins.

soft-/hardware specifications: NIRSsport, NIRStar
participants: 1 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab)

Registration

 

Unity Games

It is possible to control a unity based games.

soft-/hardware specifications: g.Nautilus
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
Skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink), Basic graphics programming with Unity

Registration

 

Camera

It is possible to record videos, while recording EEG with an unicorn amplifier.

soft-/hardware specifications: unicorn, cameras
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)

Registration

 

Your Hacking Project
w/ Ganglion & OpenBCI

You are invited to create your own programming project for this hackathon. You'll have all the BCI headsets and other equipment available to design and program your own fully functional BCI.

soft-/hardware specifications: 5x Ganglion boards (4 channels), openBCI
participants: 5 groups, 3-5 people per group
Skills: Basic programming skills

Registration

 

‌‌ Sphero SPRK Control

It is possible to control a Sphero with motor imagery by thinking of left or right hand movement. Watch the Sphero Control video.

soft-/hardware specifications: g.Nautilus, Sphero
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)

Registration ‌‌

 

‌‌ Brain Sumo

This is a competitive game where 2 players control a sumo robot and the one who thinks (is) stronger, wins.

soft-/hardware specifications: 2x Lego Robots, 2x AnyEEG Headsets
participants: 1 group, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Python, Android)

Registration

 

e-puck Control

It is possible to control a e-puck with motor imagery by thinking of left or right hand motion. Watch the e-puck Control video.

soft-/hardware specifications: g.Nautilus, e-puck
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)

Registration

 

Dream Painting

To use the dream painting app, the user is wearing an unicorn headset while sleeping. When he wakes up, he will get an image created according to his EEG signals.

soft-/hardware specifications: unicorn
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)

Registration

 

Flight Control

It is possible to control a drone with motor imagery. It is possible to move a drone by thinking about left or right hand motion.

soft-/hardware specifications: g.Nautilus, drone
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)

Registration

 

Orthosis Control

It is possible to control a 3D printed orthosis using a unicorn amplifier with motor imagery. It is possible to move an orthosis by thinking about left or right hand motion. Watch the Orthosis Control video.

soft-/hardware specifications: unicorn, orthesis
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
Skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)

Registration

 

FES Control

It is possible to control a FES using a unicorn amplifier with motor imagery. It is possible to move a FES by thinking about left or right hand motion.

soft-/hardware specifications: unicorn, FES
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)

Registration

 

Muses

In this project, you can be creative and develop the working BCI headpiece that comes in your mind.

soft-/hardware specifications: 3x Muses
participants: 3 groups, 3-5 people per group
Skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Python, C, etc.)

Registration

 

Connect intendiX w/ Social Media

The unicorn amplifier is supported by the P300 based spelling application intendiX. When connected to Twitter or Facebook, status updated can be written. Watch the intendiX Social Media video.

soft-/hardware specifications: unicorn
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)

Registration

 

ARTISTIC PROJECTS
 

intendiX Painting

Create images according to your EEG signals.

soft-/hardware specifications: unicorn
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group

Registration

 

Use intendiX for Social Media

Use the P300 based spelling application intendiX to update your status on Twitter or Facebook. Watch the intendiX Social Media video.

soft-/hardware specifications: unicorn
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group

Registration

 

Design Headsets Using 3D Printing

Expand your EEG Headset with your own 3d printed parts. Let them move, light, hold things or simply look nice. Watch the 3D Headset Design video.

soft-/hardware specifications: 3D printer, 3D freeware
participants: 2 group, 3-5 people per group
Skills: Basic CAD

Registration

 

Design Headsets Using Sewing Machines

Expand your EEG Headset with a hat designed to keep all electrodes in their intended position.

soft-/hardware specifications: sewing machines and material
participants: 10 people

Registration

 

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REGISTRATION

 

Programmers

Your Hacking Project (Ganglion Board, OpenBCI)

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Your Hacking Project (8-channel EEG headset, OpenBCI)

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Flight Control

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Orthosis Control

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intendiX/extendiX Smart Home

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Sphero SPRK Control

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fNIRS Motor Imagery Competition

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e-puck Control

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Dream Painting

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Connect intendiX w/ Social Media

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Artists

intendiX Painting

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Design Headsets Using 3D Printing

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Design Headsets Using Sewing Machines

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Use intendiX for Social Media

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