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Poznan, Poland

 

BR41N.IO AT BRAINATHON

April 21-22, 2018

FutureLab - The Intelligent Space of Laboratories of the Future
in Poznan, Poland

 

NeuroDevice Logo    PSNC Logo    University of Warsaw Logo

Poznan in Poland, photo by JamesQube, CC0

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THE BRAIN-COMPUTER INTERFACE DESIGNERS HACKATHON

 

Brain Hackathons are brainstorming and collaborative marathons designed to rapidly produce working prototypes. 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.

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.

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 programming and artistic projects each. The best hackathon projects will be awarded.

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ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS

 

NeuroDevice Logo

Neuro Device is an innovative technology company located in Poland, operating in MedTech industry. The team consists of scientists and clinicians, passionate about improving the quality of human life. The company is rapidly growing and developing to introduce new diagnostic and therapeutic equipment into the world of medicine. The aim of the company is to make breakthrough discoveries in the area of neuromodulation and neurorestoration.
 

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Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) is affiliated to the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences and was founded in 1993 to build and develop computer infrastructure for science and education in Poznań and in Poland. PSNC has been managing research and development within the field of new generation computer networks, high performance – parallel and distributed – computations and archive systems, cloud computing and grid technologies.
 

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Warsaw Medical University and its Department of Neurosurgery is one of the most prestigious neurosurgery centre in Poland. It takes an active role in the most difficult and spectacular surgeries. It constitutes a valuable source of expertise, experience and inspiration for the neurosurgeons in Poland. It is developing very dynamically according to the newest and the most innovative medical technologies towards neurostimulation and neurorestauration.
 

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g.tec medical engineering develops and produces Brain-Computer Interfaces, medical devices and applications that are used in neuroscience research or physical rehabilitation and provide persons with disabilities with the chance to communicate or control devices by thoughts. g.tec’s products and research activities have been widely described in peer-reviewed research publications, demonstrating the quality of the tools and methods. BR41N.IO is an international BCI hackathon series and organized by g.tec medical engineering.

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HACKATHON JURY

 

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Pawel Soluch (PL)

CEO Neuro Device Group

 
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Przemyslaw Kunert (PL)

Deputy Head, Department of Neurosurgery
Medical University of Warsaw

 

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

 

Saturday, 2018/4/21

10:00 – 10:30 AM

Welcome

10:30 – 11:15 AM

Principles of neurorestauration:
Medical and technological aspects

Pawel Soluch, Neurodevice
Przemyslaw Kunert (Warsaw Medical University)

11:15 – 12:00 PM Hacker groups and mentoring
1:00 PM START: BRAINATHON

Sunday, 2018/4/22

1:00 PM END: BRAINATHON
1:00 – 1:30 PM Preparation of presentations
1:30 – 3:00 PM Hackathon project presentations
3:00 – 4:00 PM Meeting Hackathon Jury
3:00 – 3:30 PM

FutureLab as an accelerator of advanced
application scenarios based on expert
knowledge and research infrastructure

Juliusz Pukacki and Michal Kosiedowski (Poznan
Supercomputing and Networking Center)

3:30 – 4:00 PM How BCI improves rehabilitation of coma patients
Krzysztof Malef (Neurodevice)
3:00 – 3:30 PM Ceremony
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HACKING PROJECTS
 

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 (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: g.USBamp, orthesis
participants: 1 group, 3-5 people per group
Skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)

Registration

 

Unity Games

It is possible to control a unity based games.

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

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

 

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

 

‌‌ 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

 

ARTISTIC PROJECTS
 

intendiX Painting

Create images according to your EEG signals.

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

Registration

 

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REGISTRATION

 

Programming

intendiX/extendiX Smart Home

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Orthosis Control

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Unity Games | Avatar Control

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Sphero SPRK Control

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Flight Control

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Artistic

intendiX Painting

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