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Bari, Italy

 

 

 

BR41N.IO AT IEEE SMC 2019

October 6-7, 2019 at Nicolaus Hotel in Bari, Italy

 

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BR41N.IO - The BMI Hackathon at IEEE SMC 2019

 

BR41N.IO is a brainstorming and collaborative marathon designed to be a learning experience for  developers, technologists, engineers, students, artists, and scientists who cram and build brain-computer interface (BCI) applications together in teams. By putting creative minds from multiple disciplines together for a short period of time, BCI-related applications not readily thought of can be discovered and uncovered. 

There are several predefined projects at the BR41N.IO Designers' 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.  The Unicorn Brain Interface and the Unicorn Suite application are mostly used to realize BR41N.IO projects. However, additional software should already be installed on your personal laptop before you come to the hackathon.

Read more: IEEE SMC 2019 Conference

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. Participants do 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 submit a different project?

Professional teams can also participate to develop applications during the BR41N.IO Designers' Hackathon to demonstrate full potential of some of the sponsored hardware/software. If you are looking for team members, your project will be included among the BR41N.IO projects below where people can apply for it. Submit your project to contact@br41n.io.

What's in there for me?

Be creative, think outside the box. The BR41N.IO Designers' Hackathon is fun and gets you to network and collaborate with other Geeks. The best BR41N.IO projects will be awarded with cash prizes:

  • BR41N.IO IEEE Brain Prize: $ 1,000
  • BR41N.IO IEEE SMC Prize: $ 1,000
  • BR41N.IO Intheon Prize: $ 1,000
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HACKATHON JURY

 

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Christoph Guger (AT)

CEO of g.tec neurotechnology GmbH

 

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Tiago H. Falk (CA)

INRS-EMT

 

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Rossella Spataro (IT)

University of Palermo

 

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Josè M. Azorín (ES)

Miguel Hernandes University de Elche

 

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Tim Mullen (US)

Intheon

 

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Michael Smith (US)

University of California, Berkeley

 

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Maria Pia Fanti (IT)

Politecnico di Bari, Italy

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HACKATHON SCHEDULE

 

Sunday, October 6

9:00–10:00 BR41N.IO Press Conference
Maria Pia Fanti, Politecnico di Bari
Michael Smith, UC Berkeley
Tiago Falk, INRS-EMT
Christoph Guger, g.tec
10:00–10:30 Welcome
10:30–11:00 Current and future applications of
brain-computer interfaces

Christoph Guger
11:00–11:30 How to run a real-time BCI application
Christoph Guger
11:30–12:00 Unicorn Brain Interface Demonstration
Martin Walchshofer
12:00–13:00 Group formation
13:00 START BR41N.IO
15:00–15:45 BCI for Interacting with Robots
Josè M. Azorin
24:00 BR41N.IO NIGHT BREAK

Monday, October 7

6:00 START BR41N.IO
12:00–12:45 BCI for Assessment of Patients
Rossella Spataro
14:00 END BR41N.IO
15:00–17:00 Project presentations
17:00–17:30 Meeting Hackathon Jury
17:30–18:00 BR41N.IO Ceremony
Ljiljana Trajkovic, IEEE Director and SMC Award Chair
18:30–20:30 BR41N.IO Winner Presentations
Reception Area
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SPONSORS

 

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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PROGRAMMING PROJECTS
 

Unicorn Speller: Smart Home

The Unicorn Hybrid Black comes with the Unicorn Speller application that is using P300 paradigm to control electronic devices such as lamps, radios or television. Watch the video Unicorn Speller Smart Home.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Speller, electronic devices
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: basic programming skills (C#)

Registration

 

Orthosis Control

It is possible to control a 3D printed orthosis using a Unicorn Hybrid Black 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: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Speller, bring your own orthosis or use Unity instead
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
Skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink), basic graphics programming skills with Unity

Registration

 

Unity Rehab

Create a Unity based game that can be used for rehabilitation purposes.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unity
participants: 4 groups, 3-5 people per group
Skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink), Basic graphics programming with Unity

Registration

 

Your Hacking Project

You are invited to create your own programming project for this hackathon. You'll have all the BCI headsets or you bring your own BCI to design and program your own fully functional headset.

soft-/hardware specifications: tbd
participants: 1 group, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills

Registration

 

‌‌ Unicorn Sphero

The Unicorn Hybrid Black offers the Unicorn Speller application that allows you to control a robotic ball called Sphero. Watch the video Unicorn Sphero.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Sphero, Sphero robot
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (C#)

Registration

 

‌‌ Flight Control

The Unicorn Hybrid Black comes with the Unicorn Speller which allows you to fly your own drone with the brain only.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Speller, bring your own drone or use Unity instead
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Java)

Registration

 

Gin Tonic Robot

How do you like your Gin Tonic: Hendrick's, Botanist or Edinburgh Gin? Rosemary, cucumber, lime or pepper? Think of a Gin Tonic cocktail and have a robot mix and pour it over ice for you. Cheers!

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Suite
participants: 1 group, 3-5 people
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink, C#)

Registration

 

Sense & Stimulate the Brain

Stimulate the brain with tDCS to increase or mental performance and measure brain activity with EEG at the same time with the Unicorn Hybrid Black environment. 

soft-/hardware specifications: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Brain Stimulator
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink, C#)

Registration

 

Dream Painting

If you want to create a Dream Painting,  you have to wear a Unicorn Hybrid Black while you sleep. When you wake up, you are able to create a picture based on EEG signals.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Painting
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)

Registration

 

fNIRS and EEG Control

The team can use fNIRS (functional near-infrared spectroscopy) and EEG simultaneously to control BCI applications.

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

Registration

 

‌‌ Unity Games

Create your own Unity game that can be controlled with a Unicorn Hybrid Black.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Suite, Unity
participants: 4 groups, 3-5 people per group
Skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink), Basic graphics programming with Unity

Registration ‌‌

 

‌‌ Unibrowser

Create a predictive application inspired by the Akinator game. Users will answer yes/no questions on a destination they have chosen while using the Unicorn Hybrid Black. The application tries then to guess the chosen destination based on EEG.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Speller
participants: 1 group, 3-5 people per group
Skills: Python, basic programming skills

Registration ‌‌

 

ARTS PROJECTS
 

Unicorn Painting

Create images according to your brain activity that you measure with the Unicorn Hybrid Black.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Painting
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group

Registration

 

Design Unicorn Brain Interface with 3D Printers

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

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, 3D printer, 3D freeware
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
Skills: Basic CAD

Registration

 

Design Unicorn Brain Interface with Sewing Machines

Give the Unicorn Hybrid Black a new, fashionable look.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, sewing machines, fabrics and handicraft material
participants: 10 people

Registration

 

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Programming Projects

Unicorn Speller Smart Home

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Unicorn Sphero

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Dream Painting

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Flight Control

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Your Hacking Project

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fNIRS EEG Control

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Gin Tonic Robot

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Sense & Stimulate the Brain

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Artistic Projects

Unicorn Painting

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Design Unicorn with 3D Printers

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Design Unicorn with Sewing Machines

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