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Bari, Italy

 

VIRTUAL BR41N.IO
HACKATHON

during

IEEE SMC 2020
October 11-12, 2020

 

SIGN UP FOR A PROJECT

 

IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society

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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. 

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 best BR41N.IO projects will be awarded with cash prizes:

  • BR41N.IO Intheon Prize: $ 1,000
  • BR41N.IO IEEE SMC Prize: $ 1,000
  • BR41N.IO IEEE Brain Prize: $ 1.000

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

 

Step 1: 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 realize BR41N.IO projects. But, you can use your own hardware and software for the BR41N.IO hackathon. 

Step 2: 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 3: 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 via Slack. 

Step 4: 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. 

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SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY
FOR UNICORN HYBRID BLACK OWNERS

 

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 this virtual BR41N.IO Hackathon.

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HACKATHON JURY

 

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Christoph Guger (AT)

g.tec neurotechnology GmbH

 

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Tiago H. Falk (CAN)

INRS-EMT

 

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Tim Mullen (US)

Intheon

 

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Michael Smith (US)

University of California, Berkeley

 

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Ning Jiang (CAN)

University of Waterloo

 

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Diana Ghinda (CA

University of Ottawa

 

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Ivan Volosyak (GER)

Hochschule Rhein Waal, Germany

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SCHEDULE

 

 Sunday, October 11

9:00–10:00 EDT BR41N.IO Press Conference
Michael Smith, UC Berkeley
Tiago Falk, INRS-EMT
Christoph Kapeller, g.tec
10:00–10:30 EDT Welcome
10:30–11:00 EDT Current and future applications of
brain-computer interfaces

Christoph Kapeller, g.tec
11:00–11:30 EDT How to run a real-time BCI application
Martin Walchshofer, g.tec
11:30–12:00 EDT Unicorn Brain Interface Demonstration
Martin Walchshofer, g.tec
12:00–12:20 EDT

LSL and NeuroPype tools and BCI applications
Tim Mullen, Intheon

13:00 EDT

Group formation and START BR41N.IO
Christoph Kapeller, Martin Walchshofer, Katrin Mayr, g.tec

15:00–15:45 EDT Clinical applications of BCIs in pediatric populations
Adam Kirton, Childrens Hospital Alberta, Canada
24:00 EDT BR41N.IO NIGHT BREAK

Monday, October 12

6:00 EDT START BR41N.IO
12:00–12:45 EDT Recent Progress in Intracranial Speech Decoding and Cognitive-state Monitoring in VR
Dean Krusienski, Virginia Commonwealth University
14:00 EDT END BR41N.IO
15:00–17:00 EDT Project presentations
17:00–17:30 EDT Meeting Hackathon Jury
17:30–18:00 EDT

BR41N.IO Ceremony
Ljiljana Trajkovic, IEEE Director and SMC Award Chair
Christoph Guger, g.tec

18:30–20:30 EDT BR41N.IO Winner Presentations
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SPONSORS

 

IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics SocietyIEEE brainintheon     

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*

*These projects require a 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, electronic devices
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)

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

 

‌‌ 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: 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: Unicorn Hybrid Black, tbd
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 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

 

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

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

 

‌‌‌ 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

 

‌‌ 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

 

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 ‌‌

 

‌‌‌ 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 or painting 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 ‌‌

 

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 ‌‌

 

Design Unicorn Brain Interface with Sewing Machines

Give the Unicorn Brain Interface a new, fashionable look.

soft-/hardware: Sewing machines, fabrics and handicraft material
participants: 10 people

Registration ‌‌

 

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HACKATHON PROJECTS

 

Programming Projects

Unicorn Speller: Smart Home

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Orthosis Control

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Unicorn Sphero

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Flight Control

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Dream Painting

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fNIRS and EEG Control

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Sense and Stimulate the Brain

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Your Hacking Project

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DATA ANALYSIS PROJECTS

Stroke Rehab Data Analysis

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Unresponsive Wakefullness 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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Arts Projects

Unicorn Painting

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Design Unicorn with Sewing Machines

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Design Unicorn with 3D Printers

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