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The Future of Brain/Neural Computer Interaction: Horizon 2020

The Future of Brain/Neural Computer Interaction: Horizon 2020

Objective

Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) have become a popular topic for research in recent years. A BCI is a communication device which allows people to control applications through direct measures of their brain activity. A BNCI (brain/neuronal computer interaction) system extends a BCI by including other physiological measures such as muscle or eye movement signals.The number of BCI research groups around the world, peer-reviewed journal articles, conference abstracts, and attendance at relevant conferences are indicators of the rapid growth of this field. With dozens of companies and research groups actively participating in the development of BCIs and related technologies, collaboration, a common terminology, and a clear roadmap have become important topics. To provide a solution to these issues, the European Commission (EC) funded the coordination action Future BNCI in 2010/2011. This project, led by TUG, was the first effort to foster collaboration and communication among key stakeholders.This proposal, BNCI Horizon 2020, aims to continue and improve upon the efforts initiated by Future BNCI. Our consortium includes eight major European BCI research institutions, three industrial partners, and two end user organizations (one of which is also a research partner).A main result of BNCI Horizon 2020 will be a clear and concise roadmap to support the EC in their funding decisions for the new framework program Horizon 2020. More specifically, we will focus on consolidating recent results in BNCI research and on investigating new BNCI activities and synergies with relevant fields. We will discuss potential new applications leading to the enhancement of functions for people with motor, sensory, cognitive and mental disabilities. Furthermore, we will elaborate on key technological advancements necessary to achieve future goals, and we will touch upon other key topics including ethics, societal needs for and acceptance of BNCI systems, user-centered approaches, evaluation metrics, and the transfer of technology from research labs to the market.BNCI Horizon 2020 will foster communication, collaboration, and dissemination of information; create public awareness of BNCIs by organizing a retreat-style conference specifically for companies and end users; create and maintain a website for researchers, reviewers, the industry, end users, and the general public; and involve both academic and industrial key stakeholders as well as end users and end user associations.All these areas are important to further advance this still young and growing research field into a full-fledged major research discipline. A clear and comprehensive roadmap produced by BNCI Horizon 2020 will lay the foundations for, and impact on, a (continued) dominance and clear visibility of European research groups in the future. In addition, the roadmap will display opportunities, but also limitations and constraints, for the industrialization and commercialization of BNCIs.

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ

Address

Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz

Austria

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 140 592

Administrative Contact

Gernot Müller-Putz (Prof.)

Participants (13)

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GUGER TECHNOLOGIES OG

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 80 785

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 80 785

EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 70 085

enablingMNT GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 30 495

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 80 785

JULIUS-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAT WURZBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 80 785

FUNDACIO PRIVADA INSTITUT DE NEUROREHABILITACIO GUTTMANN

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 40 125

FUNDACIO INSTITUT GUTTMANN

Spain

FUNDACIO EURECAT

Spain

FUNDACIO PRIVADA BARCELONA DIGITAL CENTRE TECNOLOGIC

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 112 884

FONDAZIONE SANTA LUCIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 80 785

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 70 085

UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 80 785

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 609593

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2013

  • End date

    30 April 2015

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 025 341

  • EU contribution

    € 948 976

Coordinated by:

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ

Austria