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Graz


BR41N.IO AT
BCI CONFERENCE 2017

September 17-18, 2017 in Graz, Austria
Institute of Neural Engineering

 

     

 

Graz Murinsel, photo by Andrew Bossi, CC-BY-SA-2
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BR41N.IO Hackathon

 

This Hackathon will take place during the BCI Meeting 2017 in Graz, Austria. 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.  In the BR41N.IO Hackathon, 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.

Who can participate?

Anyone with interests in BMI, BCI, robotics, AR, VR, machine learning, sensors, human-machine interface systems, control, signal processing, big data, haptics, arts, media arts, design, fashion, and similar areas.

What's in there for you?

Be creative, think outside the box. The Hackathon is fun and gets you to network and collaborate with other Geeks. The BCI Conference is also the perfect setting to meet experts from the Brain-Computer Interface field. Of course, there will be prizes for the best 3 programming and artistic projects each.

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: Biomedical Engineering Building, Technical University Graz, Stremayrgasse 16, 8010 Graz

 

Sunday, 2017/09/17

9:00 – 9:30 AM Welcome of BR41N.IO Hackers
9:30 – 10:00 AM

Introduction: Current and future applications
of Brain-Computer Interfaces by Christoph Guger

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Inside BCI: Technical Information

11:00 – 12:00 PM Introduction of the Mentors and grouping
12:00 PM START 24h HACKING

Monday, 2017/09/18

12:00 PM END 24h HACKING
12:30 – 3:00 PM Project presentations
3:00 – 3:30 PM Project scoring by the Hackathon Jury


Wednesday, 2017/09/20

5:30 PM BR41N.IO Hackathon Ceremony
during the BCI Conference 2017
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HACKATHON JURY

 

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Christoph Guger (AT)

CEO g.tec medical engineering GmbH and Guger Technologies

 

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Nick Ramsey (NL)

President of the BCI Society,
University Medical Center Utrecht

 

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Gerwin Schalk (US)

National Center for
Adaptive Neurotechnologies
 

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Horst Bischof (AT)

Deputy Rector of Graz University
of Technology

 

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Reinhold Scherer (AT)

Deputy Head of the Institute of Neural Engineering at the Graz University of Technology

 

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HACKING PROJECTS
 

‌‌ 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: 1 group, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink, C#)

Registration

 

Flight Control

The unicorn is supported by the P300 based spelling application intendiX. It is possible to move a drone with intendiX.

soft-/hardware specifications: unicorn, drone
participants: 1 group, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Java)

Registration

 

Unity Games

Develop your own BCI controlled Unity game.

soft-/hardware specifications: g.Nautilus
participants: 1 group, 3-5 people per group
Skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink, C#), 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: 1 group, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)

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: 1 group, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (C#)

Registration

 

Sphero SPRK Control

The unicorn is supported by the P300 based spelling application intendiX. It is possible to controll a robotic ball called Sphero with intendiX. Watch the Sphero Control video.

soft-/hardware specifications: unicorn, Sphero
participants: 1 group, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (C#)

Registration

 

e-puck Control

It is possible to control an e-puck with the P300 based spelling application intendiX. Watch the e-puck control video.

soft-/hardware specifications: g.Nautilus, e-puck
participants: 1 group, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (C#)

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: 1 group, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (C#)

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: 1 group, 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: 1 group, 3-5 people per group
Skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)

Registration

 

ARTISTIC PROJECTS
 

Use intendiX for Social Media

Use the P300 based spelling application intendiX to write an article, a blog post or a status update in your Social Media Account. Whatever you have to say about the Designers Hackathon, don’t forget to use the hashtag #BR41N. Watch the intendiX Social Media video.

soft-/hardware specifications: unicorn
participants: 1 group with 3-5 people

Registration

 

intendiX Painting

Create images by using your thoughts only!

soft-/hardware specifications: unicorn, intendiX
participants: 1 group with 3-5 people

Registration

 

Design Headsets Using 3D Printing

Let’s design a fancy and futuristic EEG headpiece with your own 3d printed parts. Let it move, light, blink, hold things or simply look fantastic. Watch the 3D Headset video.

soft-/hardware specifications: 3D printer, 3D freeware
participants: 1 group with 3-5 people
skills: Basic CAD

Registration

 

Design Headsets Using Sewing Machines

Cover and decorate your EEG Headset by creating an artistic tailormade hat that keeps all electrodes in their intended position.

soft-/hardware specifications: sewing machines and decoration materials, fabrics and textiles
participants: 10 people

Registration

 

FOR CHILDREN
 

Little BITs of Fun

Kids can join anytime and stay as long as they want to and handicraft their own headsets based on their imagination.

soft-/hardware specifications: none
participants: unlimited

 

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REGISTRATION

 

Programming

intendiX/extendiX Smart Home

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Connect intendiX w/ Social Media

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Flight Control

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Sphero SPRK Control

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e-puck Control

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Orthosis Control

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Artistic

Use intendiX for Social Media

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Design Headsets Using 3D Printing

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Design Headsets Using Sewing Machines

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intendiX Painting

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