Why Eye-Tracking Research Seeks for a Second Dimension

Jürgen Bluhm has more than 25 years of experience researching marketing and virtual shopping with eye-tracking. His latest work integrates virtual shopping with eye-tracking methodology and other biometric measurements like EEG, GSR, NIRS, etc. He has been consulting companies worldwide in different areas of market research based on eye-tracking and biometric analyses and worked in Germany with Tobii, a leading provider of eye-tracking systems (Stockholm, Sweden). Read more

Music and The Mind at McMaster LIVELab – Interview with Dave Thompson

Dave Thompson works as a technician in the LIVELab at the McMaster Institute for Music and The Mind (MIMM) in Hamilton, Canada. He studied Mathematical Science at McMaster University and is interested in computers and programming. First, he started working at another EEG lab as a programmer, which led to more work with EEG, signal processing and programming experiments. When he started to specialize in evoked responses from the brain for different sounds, he started working at the LIVELab. The LIVELab consists of a big theater with 106 seats and a dance studio. It is dedicated to developing a center for the scientific study of music, sound and movement and their importance in human health. We had the chance to talk with Dave about his work. Read more

Brain Painting for Graduation – Interview with Lena Perseus

Lena Perseus is 18 years old and alumna of the Alpine Mittelschule in Davos in Switzerland. For her final exam, she wrote a thesis about Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) where she shows the usability of BCIs in daily uses and how easy it is to control, communicate or draw via thoughts. She writes about patients with Locked-In syndrome who use BCI to be creative and to communicate. Within her work she equipped herself with a BCI, a Brain Painting program and started an experiment. The result is an impressive and critical analysis of the technical functionality of BCI that shows possible application fields and the Brain Painting software. We talked with Lena about her final thesis. Read more

Team BrainTweakers won Gold in the BCI Race at Cybathlon 2016

The Cybathlon took first place on October 8th, 2016 at the ETH Zurich where people with disabilities competed side by side at the Brain-Computer Interface Race (BCI Race). Pilot Numa Poujouly from the Team BrainTweakers from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland won Gold in the BCI Race using his brain waves to control an avatar along a racetrack on a virtual train. The game is called “BrainRunners” and was especially developed for the Cybathlon’s BCI Race. The Brain Tweakers have been using high-quality g.tec equipment. We talked with pilot Numa and Serafeim Perdikis, another member of the team, and asked them about their experiences. Read more

BCI Research at Aalborg University

Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting is a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and Associate Professor at Aalborg University in Denmark. She leads a research group at the University of Aalborg that is engaged in basic neuromuscular mechanisms, their functional consequences mediating both acute adjustments (e.g., muscle fatigue, pain) and chronic adaptations (e.g., aging, training, stroke, rehabilitation), and methods to restore, replace, and modulate lost or impaired motor functions. Read more

Gray Matter and BCI

Team Gray Matter is a non-profit, independent team, primarily created around the team’s pilot, Peter Gray of Doncaster, England. The team is made up of entrepreneurs and academics focused on developing a BCI device that will offer Peter a competitive chance at winning the BCI race. We spoke to Ivan Nixon from Team Gray Matter about the rehearsal of the Cybathlon in 2015. He is a creative entrepreneur and has established the team, strategy and partnerships in order to get Pete to Cybathlon 2016.

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