The Winners of the Annual BCI Award 2016

The 6th International BCI Meeting took place from May 30th – June 3rd, 2016 at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California, USA.  The unique, highly interactive, student-friendly, retreat-like atmosphere and high-impact activities attracted more than 400 attendees. The winners of the BCI Award 2016 have been announced at the Award Ceremony during the BCI Meeting.

The BCI Award 2016 goes to…

BCI Award Winners

1st place

An Implanted BCI for Real-Time  Cortical Control  of Functional Wrist and Finger Movements in a Human with Quadriplegia
Gaurav Sharma1, Nick Annetta1, Dave Friedenberg1, Marcie Bockbrader2, Ammar Shaikhouni2, W. Mysiw2, Chad Bouton1, Ali Rezai2

1 Battelle Memorial Institute, 505 King Ave,  Columbus, OH 43201.
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA 43210.

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2nd place

Intracortical Microstimulation as a Feedback Source for Brain-Computer Interface Users
Sharlene Flesher2,3, John Downey2,3, Jennifer Collinger1,2,3,4, Stephen Foldes1,3,4, Jeffrey Weiss1,2, Elizabeth Tyler-Kabara1,2,5, Sliman Bensmaia6, Andrew Schwartz2,3,8, Michael Boninger1,2,4, Robert Gaunt1,2,3

Departments of 1Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,2Bioengineering, 5Neurological Surgery 8Neurobiology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA.

winner 2nd place2nd place of the BCI Award 2016

3rd place

Minimally invasive endovascular stent-electrode array for high-fidelity, chronic recordings of cortical neural activity
Thomas J. Oxley1, Nicholas L. Opie, Sam E. John, Gil S. Rind, Stephen M. Ronayne, Clive N. May & Terence J. O’Brien

1 Vascular Bionics Laboratory, Melbourne Brain Centre, Departments of Medicine and Neurology, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia.

First time this year: 12 Nominees!

A full list of all 12 nominees is available here: All nominated projects will be published in a book by Springer. The BCI Award is donated by g.tec medical engineering, a leading provider of brain-computer interface research systems and components located in Schiedlberg, Austria.

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Review: BCI Meeting

Here are some images from the highly interactive workshops at the BCI Meeting 2016. There have been more than 90 participants at the “BCIs for stroke rehabilitation workshop” and around 50 participants at the “BCIs for assessment of Locked-In and DOC patients” workshop. The BCI Meeting 2016 featured renowed researchers as lecturers, such as Kyousuke Kamada, Jing Jin, Surjo Soekadar, José del R. Millán, Donatella Mattia, Junichi Ushiba, Vivek Prabjakaran, Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting, Christoph Guger, Damien Coyle, Marzia De Lucia, Leigh Hochberg, Betts Peters, Chang S. Nam and Quentin Noirhomme.


IMG_7710In this workshop session Brendan Allison asked Milena Korostenskaja if she likes Florida. She answered with “Yes” via mindBEAGLE.

IMG_7718Dr. Kamada showed a study with a patient who first had brain surgery. After the surgury, the patient couldn’t to move his arm very well. So, Dr. Kamada used recoveriX for rehabilitation of the patient’s arm and it took him only one recoveriX session to regain the patient’s ability to grasp again.

In these workshops, Christoph Guger presented recoveriX and mindBEAGLE to the audience.