Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) are a potentially powerful new communication and control option for people with severe motor impairments. Successful translation of BCIs to actual use by people who can benefit from them depends on close and productive multidisciplinary interactions, and requires recognition of and attention to a set of crucial issues. The International BCI Meeting Series (1999, 2002, 2005, and 2010) brought together a wide range of research groups and disciplines vital to BCI research, and triggered many productive interactions and collaborations. The impact of these meetings on BCI research is illustrated by the striking fact that over half the BCI articles ever published includeat least one author who attended the BCI Meeting Series. This proposal, for the Fifth International BCI Meeting, represents the transition of the BCI Meeting Series from organization by the Wadsworth Center to joint organization by a program committee representative of the complex breadth and international nature of BCI research. The meeting should encourage and facilitate the development of BCI systems of substantial practical value to people with severe motor impairments through the following specific aims: 1) Bring together and foster productive interactions among all the disciplines and constituencies whose cooperation is crucial to successful BCI research and development. No other venue brings them all together. 2) Present a concise and comprehensive review of the current state of BCI R&D. 3) Address in focused workshops the major topics critical for continued progress in BCI research and development. Additional topics of broad interest will be chosen based on workshop proposals and abstracts submitted by participants. 4) Promote the education and development of new researchers through the participation of many graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Events such as Lunch with Leaders and Women of BCI will encourage interactions between new and established researchers. 5) Maximize the immediate and long-term Meeting impact through publication by Journal of Neural Engineering special issue of peer-reviewed primary articles and focused reviews derived from the meeting. 6) Formalize the governance of the BCI Meeting Program Committee preparatory to the formation of an International BCI Society as a community-driven device to foster BCI research in the US and around the world. In summary, this meeting will bring together scientists, engineers, and clinicians involved in BCI research and clinical use, review the present state of the field, address key issues critical to further progres, and promote the education and participation of young researchers. This meeting and the resulting comprehensive publications should, like its predecessors, contribute greatly to BCI research and development.
The International Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Meeting Series (1999, 2002, 2005, and 2010) is unique in providing an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment that brings together representatives from all fields involved in BCI research. This proposal, for the Fifth International BCI Meeting, represents the transition of the BCI Meeting Series from organization by the Wadsworth Center to organization by a committee that embraces the complex multidisciplinary breadth and international nature of BCI research. This meeting will bring together scientists, engineers, and clinicians involved in BCI research and clinical use, review the present state of the field, address key issues critical to further progres, and promote the education and participation of young researchers. This meeting and the resulting comprehensive publications should, like its predecessors, contribute greatly to BCI research and development.
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