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Bari, Italy

VIRTUAL BR41N.IO
HACKATHON

‌‌‌‌‌‌ April 17-18, 2021 

during the

Spring School 2021*

 

 

    

 

*BR41N.IO and Spring School 2021 are part of g.tec's Teaching Plan 2021 with more than 140 hours of online courses and lectures.

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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.

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

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

 

Step 1: Join the virtual Spring School!

g.tec's Spring School 2021 is the educational forerunner of the Virtual BR41N.IO Hackathon. Therefore, it's highly beneficial if you join the Spring School from April 12-16, 2021 virtually. Why? Because the Spring School is an online education event, where you acquire all the knowledge you need to be perfectly prepared to compete with your fellows at the BR41N.IO Hackathon competition and create your own BCI applications!

Step 2: 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. 

Step 3: 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. 

Step 4: 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. 

Step 5: 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. 

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TIMETABLE

 

Saturday April 17, 2021

9:00 CEST Current and future BCI applications
Christoph Guger, g.tec medical engineering GmbH  (AT)
10:00 CEST Unicorn Brain Interface demonstration
Martin Walchshofer, g.tec medical engineering (AT)
11:30
CEST
Motor Imagery, P300, SSVEP and ECoG data-sets
Christoph Kapeller, Rupert Ortner, g.tec medical engineering (AT)
12:00 CEST Start BR41N.IO & team formation
Christoph Guger (AT), Arianna Di Bernardo (IT), Abdelkader N. Belkacem (EA)
16:00 CEST Neurotechnology projects around the world
Yannick Roy, NeuroTechX (CA)
  All night hacking

Sunday April 18, 2021

  All night hacking
13:00 CEST End BR41N.IO Hackathon
13:00 CEST Consumer BCIs
Brendan Allison, UC San Diego (USA)
14:00 CEST Project presentations
17:30 CEST Meeting Hackathon Jury
17:30 CEST BR41N.IO Ceremony
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HACKATHON JURY

 

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Christoph Guger (AT)
g.tec neurotechnology GmbH

 

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Dean Krusienski (US)
Virginia Commonwealth University

 

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Grace Rigdon (US)
IEEE Brain Initiative

 

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Abdelkader N. Belkacem (AE)
United Arab Emirates University

 

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Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting (DE)
Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts

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Milena Korostenskaja (US)
 Florida Hospital for Children

 

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.
 

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ON-SITE LOCATIONS

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 the Unicorn at the virtual BR41N.IO Hackathon.

 

G.TEC AUSTRIA

g.tec neurotechnology GmbH
Schiedlberg, Austria

UAEU ABU DHABI

  United Arab Emirates University
  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

MLJC ITALY

Machine Learning Journal Club
Turin, Italy

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THAT WAS BR41N.IO SPRING SCHOOL 2021
THANK YOU!

 

PROGRAMMING WINNERS
 

1. PLACE WINNER

"Image reconstrucition using GAN technique from EEG signal!"

BCI application

Team members: Lavínia Mitiko Takarabe, Deepak Mewada, Hitendra Singh, Seyedeh Kimia Mousavi, Ardaq Merey, Manvi Jain

1. PLACE WINNER

"NeuroBeat"

BCI application

Team members: Alicja Wicher, Joanna Maria Zalewska, Weronika Sójka,  Ivo John Krystian Derezinski, Krzystof Tołpa, Lukasz Furman, Slawomir Duda

3. PLACE WINNER

"BCI Multiplay"

BCI application

Team members: Artem Gazizov, Harshwardhan Saini, Karahan Yilmazer, Nevena Niagolova, Vadim Juris, Vladislav Samoilov

DATA ANALYSIS WINNERS
 

1. PLACE WINNER

"Top-ECOG"

ECoG hand-pose data-set analysis

Team members: Gabriele Penna, Fabrizio Pittatore, Arianna Di Bernardo, Simone Poetto, Simone Azeglio

2. PLACE WINNER

"rECoGnise"

ECoG hand-pose data-set analysis

Team members: Lorena SantamariaJoao Pereira, Emil Dmitruk, Bartosz Kochanski, Mammad Jamali, Omid Mahdizadeh, Vahid Akbari, Mikolaj Kegler

3. PLACE WINNER

"Towards P300 calibration-less single-trial classification"

P300 speller data-set analysis

Team member: Eduardo Santamaría-Vázquez, Víctor Martínez-Cagigal, Sergio Pérez-Velasco, Diego Marcos-Martínez, Anjali Agarwal, Katherine Rojas

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PROGRAMMING PROJECTS

 

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, electronic devices
participants: 3-5 people per group
skills: basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)

 

‌‌‌ 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: 3-5 people per group
Skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink), basic graphics programming skills with Unity

 

Unity Rehab

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

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

 

‌‌ 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 Painting
participants: 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)

 

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

 

 

‌‌ Unity Games

Create your own Unity game that can be controlled with a brain-computer interface.

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

 

 

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

 

‌‌ 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: 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Java)

 

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 Black, tbd
participants: 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills

 

 

OFFLINE 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: 3-5 people per group
skills: signal processing skills

 

 

‌‌ 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: 3-5 people per group
skills: signal processing skills

 

 

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: 3-5 people per group
skills: signal processing skills

 

‌‌ 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: 3-5 people per groupskills: signal processing skills

 

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: 3-5 people per group
skills: signal processing skills

 

 

‌‌ 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: 3-5 people per group
skills: signal processing skills