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IEEE SMC 2022

 

BR41N.IO DESIGNERS'
HACKATHON

 

BMI Workshop at 
IEEE SMC 2023
‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌October 1-2, 2023

 

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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.

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. Even better: it is for FREE.

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. 
 

I am a Unicorn Hybrid Black owner. How can I participate?

Do you have a Unicorn Hybrid Black at home or at your University/Institution? Great! Let's put together a team of students and participate with your own Unicorn Hybrid Black at the virtual BR41N.IO Hackathon. Our programming projects are most suitable for you.

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 additional skills from other team members, your project will be included among the BR41N.IO projects below for application. 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:

PROGRAMMING PROJECT PRIZES:

  • 1st BR41N.IO Prize: $ 1000
  • 2nd BR41N.IO Prize: $ 600
  • 3rd BR41N.IO Prize: $ 400

DATA ANALYSIS PROJECT PRIZES:

  • 1st BR41N.IO Prize: $ 1000
  • 2nd BR41N.IO Prize: $ 600
  • 3rd BR41N.IO Prize: $ 400

 

Sign up for a BR41N.IO project!

There are several predefined projects which you can choose to work on. Below, the projects are described in detail including hard- and software requirements. 

The Unicorn Hybrid Black and the Unicorn Suite should be used to join a Programming Project. But, you can use your own hardware and software for the BR41N.IO hackathon. In case you don't have a BCI Headset, we recommend to join an Offline Data Analysis Project. 

Meet your team virtually!

We will connect you with the team members of your project. Create your own virtual meeting space using Skype, Google Hangouts, Zoom, etc. to start working on your ideas. 

Stay connected with us via Slack!

While you work on your groundbreaking new BCI applications, we are here to answer all the questions that might come up and support you wherever we can. 

Present your projects virtually and win!

You will be invited to present your results virtually via Zoom. Prepare yourself to explain what you did, what the results are and to show a demonstration (live or with a video) to the international audience and jury. 

BCI PRINCIPLES

 

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.
 

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FOR UNICORN HYBRID BLACK OWNERS

 

Do you have a Unicorn Hybrid Black, a Unicorn Naked BCI or the Unicorn Education Kit at your university or at your lab? Great! Let's put together 40 students in teams of 5 students and let them participate and compete against other international students at this virtual BR41N.IO Hackathon.

As Unicorn Education Kit owner, you'll qualify as a Hosting Institution for this BR41N.IO Hackathon. This means, you'll get a speaking slot during the hackathon and raise awareness for your university.

Unicorn Education Kit is perfectly designed for professors who teach brain-computer interfaces, biomedical engineering or signal processing.

It comes with 8 Unicorn Hybrid Black devices including full access to the Unicorn Suite software.

GET YOURS 

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Unicorn Hybrid Black is a wearable 8-channel EEG device that measures high-quality EEG signals from your brain.

It is perfectly suitable for creating your own brain-computer interface or neuroscience applications.

GET YOURS 

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HOSTING INSTITUTIONS

 

Universities who are proud owners of the Unicorn Education Kit automatically qualify as hosting institution. Official hosting institutions are fully embedded in the BR41N.IO Designers' Hackathons. Boost your institution’s visibility and awareness and benefit from a big audience.

Hosting institutions provide on-site access to EEG devices and brain-computer interface technology that you would need for programming projects. Just let us know at which hosting institition you would like to participate during the BR41N.IO Hackathon.

TILBURG UNIVERSITY

Department of Cognitive Science & AI
Prof. Maryam Alimardani

Tilburg, Netherlands

AALBORG UNIVERSITY

MeCIS Media Cognition & Interactive Systems
Prof. Luis Emilio Bruni & Hossein Dini

KĂžbenhavn , Denmark

G.TEC
AUSTRIA

g.tec medical engineering GmbH
Dr. Christoph Guger

Schiedlberg, Austria

UAE UNIVERSITY
ABU DHABI

  United Arab Emirates University
  Prof. Abdelkader N. Belkacem

  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

MLJC
ITALY

Machine Learning Journal Club
Arianna Di Bernardo, Enrico Sansone
Turin, Italy

WEST UNIVERSITY FROM TIMISOARA

Fine art and Design Faculty
Prof. Camil Mihaescu, Ph
Timisoara, Romania

TEC DE MONTERREY 

Campus Guadalajara
Javier Mauricio Antelis Ortiz, PhD.
Jalisco, Mexico

ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

NSF AWARE-AI NRT Program and Electrical & Microelectronics Engineering Dept. 
Prof. Ferat Sahin
New York, USA

UNION COLLEGE 

Union Neurotech
Leonardo Ferrisi
New York, USA

UNIVERSITY of MELBOURNE 


Prof. David Grayden
Melbourne, Australia

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JURY

 

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Christoph Guger (AT)

g.tec medical engineering GmbH, Austria

 

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Tiago Falk (CA)

INRS-EMT, University of Quebec

 

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Tim Mullen (US)

Intheon

 

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Michael Smith (US)

University of California, Berkeley
IEEE Brain

 

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Ljiljana Trajkovic (CA)

Simon Fraser University

 

 

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Abdelkader Belkacem (UAE)

UAE University

 

 

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Ivan Volosyak (GER)

Hochschule Rhein Waal

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GAMING PROJECTS*

*These projects require a Unicorn Hybrid Black, a Unicorn Naked BCI (available at hosting institutions) or use your own BCI system. 
 

Shooting Games

Create a shooting game that can be controlled with a brain-computer interface and shoot the targets with your EEG signals.  

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Unity Interface, Unity
participants: 2 groups, 5-8 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (C#/Unity)

Registration

 

Racing Games

You like speeding with your car but it's not safe in reality? Then you can create a racing game in which you can speed as much as you want with your EEG signals.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Unity Interface, Unity
participants: 2 groups, 5-8 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (C#/Unity)

Registration

 

‌‌ Adventure Games

Start the adventure and begin the journey to treasure hunting. You can choose the elements in the game with your EEG signals.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Unity Interface, Unity
participants: 2 groups, 5-8 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (C#/Unity)

Registration

 

Your Gaming Project

You are invited to create your own gaming project for this hackathon. You have a Unicorn Hybrid Black or any other kind of BCI to create your game.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Unity Interface, Unity
participants: 2 groups, 5-8 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (C#/Unity)

Registration

 

‌‌ Sports Games

Whether you want to play Tennis or Bowling or any sports game virtually, you can use your EEG signals to hit the shot.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Unity Interface, Unity
participants: 2 groups, 5-8 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (C#/Unity)

Registration

 

‌‌‌ Card Games

You like playing cards? Then crank it up a notch and play cards using brain computer interfaces. You can choose the items in your game with your EEG signals.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Unity Interface, Unity
participants: 2 groups, 5-8 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (C#/Unity)

Registration

 

Educational Games

You can create an educational game in which you can choose the options with your EEG signals.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Unity Interface, Unity
participants: 2 groups, 5-8 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (C#/Unity)

Registration

 

‌‌ Strategy Games

The decision making in strategy games can be performed with EEG signals. The strategy games range from chess to war games.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Unity Interface, Unity
participants: 2 groups, 5-8 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (C#/Unity)

Registration

 

‌‌‌ Puzzle Games

Puzzle games are fun but why bothering using your fingers. Move the items in your game with your EEG signals.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Unity Interface, Unity
participants: 2 groups, 5-8 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (C#/Unity)

Registration

 

‌‌ Rehabilitation Games

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

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Unity Interface, Unity
participants: 2 groups, 5-8 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (C#/Unity)

Registration

 

PROGRAMMING PROJECTS*

*These projects require a Unicorn Hybrid Black, a Unicorn Naked BCI (available at hosting institutions) or use your own BCI system. 
 

Unicorn Speller: Smart Home

The Unicorn Brain Interface 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, domestic electronic devices
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)

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: g.tec's Brain Stimulator, your own tDCS device
participants: 1 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink, C#)

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: Unicorn Hybrid BlackUnicorn Naked BCI, EEG device
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills

Registration

 

‌‌ Dream Painting

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

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Speller
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

 

‌‌ 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

 

‌‌ 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 Speller, Sphero robot
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

 

DATA ANALYSIS PROJECTS* 

*no hardware required.
 

‌‌‌ Stroke Rehab Data Analysis

Analyze a motor imagery BCI data-set from a chronic stroke patient in order to optimize pre-processing, feature extraction and classification algorithms. Compare your results with state-of-the-art algorithms.

soft-/hardware: MATLAB or other signal processing platform that is able to read in the MATLAB matrix
participants: 3 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: signal processing skills

Registration ‌‌‌

 

‌‌ P300 Speller Data Analysis

Analyze a visual P300 BCI data-set from a healthy person in order to optimize pre-processing, feature extraction and classification algorithms. Compare your results with state-of-the-art algorithms.

soft-/hardware: MATLAB or other signal processing platform that is able to read in the MATLAB matrix
participants: 3 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: signal processing skills

Registration ‌‌

 

‌‌ ECoG Video Watching Analysis

Analyze an ECoG data-set from an epilepsy person watching a video. The ECoG was recorded from regions on the temporal base that is coding colors, black/white, shapes, faces and much more. Try to optimize pre-processing, feature extraction and classification algorithms. Compare your results with state-of-the-art algorithms.

soft-/hardware: MATLAB or other signal processing platform that is able to read in the MATLAB matrix
participants: 3 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: signal processing skills

Registration ‌‌

 

‌‌‌ Unresponsive Wakefullness Syndrom Data Analysis

Analyze a vibro-tactile P300 BCI data-set from a patient with disorders of consciousness in order to optimize pre-processing, feature extraction and classification algorithms. Compare your results with state-of-the-art algorithms.

soft-/hardware: MATLAB or other signal processing platform that is able to read in the MATLAB matrix
participants: 3 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: signal processing skills

Registration

 

‌‌‌ SSVEP Data Analysis

Analyze an SSVEP BCI data-set from a healthy person in order to optimize pre-processing, feature extraction and classification algorithms. Compare your results with state-of-the-art algorithms.

soft-/hardware: MATLAB or other signal processing platform that is able to read in the MATLAB matrix
participants: 3 groups, 3-5 people per groupskills: signal processing skills

Registration

 

‌‌‌ Locked-in Patient Data Analysis

Analyze a vibro-tactile P300 BCI data-set from a patient with locked-in syndrom in order to optimize pre-processing, feature extraction and classification algorithms. Compare your results with state-of-the-art algorithms.

soft-/hardware: MATLAB or other signal processing platform that is able to read in the MATLAB matrix
participants: 3 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: signal processing skills

Registration

 

‌‌‌ ECoG Hand Pose Data Analysis

Analyze an ECoG BCI data-set from an epilepsy person in order to optimize pre-processing, feature extraction and classification algorithms. Compare your results with state-of-the-art algorithms.

soft-/hardware: MATLAB or other signal processing platform that is able to read in the MATLAB matrix
participants: 3 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: signal processing skills

Registration ‌‌

 

ARTISTIC PROJECTS*

*these projects require sewing machines, 3D printers, painting or crafting materials.

 

‌‌ Unicorn Painting

Create images according to your brain activity that you measure with the Unicorn Brain Interface.

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

Registration ‌‌

 

‌‌ Unicorn Painting

Create images according to your brain activity that you measure with the Unicorn Brain Interface.

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

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

Registration ‌‌

 

Visual Arts & BCI

Finding new ways of developing artistic projects using Unicorn BCI.

soft-/hardware: tbd
participants: 10 people

Registration ‌‌

 

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HACKATHON PROJECTS

 

GAMING PROJECTS (HARDWARE & SOFTWARE REQUIRED)

Shooting Games

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Strategy Games

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Adventure Games

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Educational Games

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Rehabilitation Games

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Unicorn Speller: Smart Home

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Dream Painting

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Unicorn Sphero

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Orthosis Control

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Sense & Stimulate the Brain

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Flight Control

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Your Hacking Project

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DATA ANALYSIS PROJECTS

Stroke Rehab Data Analysis

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Unresponsive Wakefulness Data Analysis

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Locked-in Patient Data Analysis

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P300 Speller Data Analysis

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SSVEP Data Analysis

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ECoG Hand Pose Data Analysis

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ECoG Video Watching Analysis

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ARTISTIC PROJECTS

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Visual Arts & BCI

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