The IEEE SMC 2018 8th Workshop on Brain-Machine Interface Systems (BMI) will be held on October 7-10, 2018 in Miyazaki, Japan as part of the program of SMC 2018 – the flagship annual conference of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. The goal of the workshop is to provide a forum for researchers to present research results, facilitate the interaction and intellectual exchange between researchers, developers and consumers of BMI technology. We invite contributions reporting the latest advances, innovations and applications in the field of BMI.

The workshop is organized by the IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Brain-Machine Interfaces Systems and is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Brain Initiative. Participation is free to all registered SMC 2018 attendees. The theme of this year’s workshop is:
     

 Innovations in Systems, (hu)Man, and Cybernetics, and their Interplay as the Driving Forces for Next-Generation BMI Systems

Brain-machine interfaces rely on innovations across a number of disciplines (and their interplay), and in particular within the fields of systems engineering, human factors analysis, and cybernetics. In order to develop the next-generation BMI systems that are envisioned today, such as brain-to-brain interfaces, "neural dust", optical imaging, non-invasive neurostimulation, and BMI systems to sense, assess, and augment human capabilities, researchers across different fields will need to come together and join forces. Recent advances seen in neuroimaging, artificial intelligence, virtual/augmented reality, human-machine interaction, cloud computing, and nanotechnology suggest we are at a prime time for such interdisciplinary exploration.

The goal of the workshop is to provide a forum for researchers to present research results, facilitate the interaction and intellectual exchange between researchers, developers, and consumers of BMI technology. We invite contributions reporting the latest advances, innovations, and applications in the field of BMI, including affective BMIs, hybrid BMIs, deep learning for BMIs, BMI-controlled robots, neurorehabilitation, and BMI for VR/AR applications. These and other topics represent both challenges to the field and a tremendous opportunity for collaborative and multidisciplinary research, involving not only peers with expertise in the field of BMI, but also those with expertise in systems engineering, human-machine systems, cybernetics, neuroscience, medicine, robotics, amongst other disciplines. The four-day workshop will feature tutorials, panels, a brain-computer interface hackathon, a number of prominent invited speakers, and presentations of contributed papers.


This is the third year that the IEEE SMC BMI Workshop is hosting a Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Hackathon with over $4,000 in prizes. The BCI Hackathon is a brainstorming and collaborative marathon designed to rapidly produce fully functional BCI prototypes. The BCI Hackathon will take place on October 7-8, 2018 and provides an environment for innovation and entrepreneurship. Learn more about the IEEE SMC2018 BCI Hackathon projects and teams, how to form or join one, and how to register here.


Important Dates

February 23, 2018 Deadline for submission of proposals for BMI Special Sessions  
March 16, 2018 Acceptance/rejection notification of proposals for BMI Special Sessions  
March 31, 2018 Deadline for submission of contributions for BMI regular and special sessions 
June 1, 2018  Acceptance notification for all categories of BMI submissions  
July 10, 2018  Author registration 
July 20, 2018  Final camera-ready papers due for BMI regular and special sessions
October 7-10, 2018  Conference dates 
October 7-8, 2018  BMI Hackathon 

Program commitee

General Chair General Co-Chairs Technical program Chairs
  • Masayuki Hirata, Osaka Univ., Japan
  • Jun Morimoto, ATR, Japan
Technical program Co-Chairs
  • Ricardo Chavarriaga, EPFL, Switzerland
  • Jing Jin, East China Univ., China
  • Riki Matsumoto, Kyoto Univ. Japan
  • Yingxu Wang, Univ. of Calgary, Canada
Special Sessions Chair
  • Kyousuke Kamada, AMU, Japan
  • Keiichi Kitajo, Riken BSI, Japan
Special Sessions Co-Chair
  • Yaoping Hu, Univ. of Calgary, Canada
  • Vinod Prasad, ITT Palakkad, India
  • Ivan Volosyak, Special Sessions Co-Chair, HSRW, Germany
  • Fei-Yue Wang, CAS, China
  • Dongrui Wu, DataNova, USA
Publicity Chair, Sponsorship, Exhibits
  • Yu-Fei Huang, Univ. Texas SA, USA
  • Margaret Thompson, UW, USA
Media
  • Sarah Breinbauer, br41n.io, Austria
Technical Editor

Brain hackathon Commitee

Hackathon Chair Hackathon Co-Chairs Chair Hackathon student competition
  • Kojiro Matsushita, Gifu Univ., Japan
  • Takeshi Ogawa, ATR, Japan