Meeting of Global Current and Emerging Brain Initiatives

October 9, 2018

The IEEE SMC Society and the IEEE President, James Jefferies, will host a special meeting of global Brain Initiative leaders from Japan, China, US (NSF and NIH), Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Europe (HBP), IEEE, and other groups working on large-scale multi-year brain projects. The meeting will also be attended by the president of the International Neuroethics Society.

Please click here for the list of confirmed participants.

IEEE, as a new participant, welcomes collaborative discussions with other global Brain Initiatives to better align and integrate IEEE’s brain efforts with other existing brain efforts. IEEE is a global technical community of 420,000+ professionals across multiple technology domains, many of whom are already active in these global brain projects.

The topics discussed at this meeting are driven by input from the global Brain Initiatives representatives, and we hope these discussions will support the efforts of the Kavli Foundation and others to establish an International Brain Initiative. Topics include the current status of global Brain Initiatives and the International Brain Initiative, future collaboration and cooperation opportunities with each other, commercialization and standardization, neuroethics, and data sharing. We will also highlight the IEEE Brain Initiative and the brain research and neurotechnology efforts that are happening across IEEE. 

This meeting will be held during the IEEE SMC 2018 8th Workshop on Brain-Machine Interface (BMI) Systems, October 8-9, 2018 as part of the program of SMC 2018 – the flagship annual conference of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. This will be IEEE’s first collaborative meeting with global Brain Initiative leaders.

This meeting, hosted by IEEE, is open to all. Below is the preliminary agenda for topics to be discussed as suggested by the global Brain Initiatives representatives and others:

  1. Status of Global Brain Projects and the International Brain Initiative
  2. IEEE Brain Initiative and Activities
  3. Attracting engineers, scientists, programmers, math/quants, and others to the multi-disciplinary field of neuroscience
  4. Future Collaborations and Cooperation
    1. Among Brain Initiatives, industry, and other stakeholders (e.g., joint proposals)
    2. Among funding agencies (e.g., open process for joint partnerships between funding agencies with other countries)
    3. Ability of performers/researchers to support multiple global initiatives
  5. Translational Neuroscience and Neural Engineering, including Standards Development
  6. Neuroethics
  7. Sharing of brain data
  8. Open Discussion – other Topics

All stakeholders from academic, funding agencies – both public and private, industry, and others are encouraged to attend this meeting to ensure the success of such endeavors. For more information or questions, please contact Dr. Michael H. Smith , Chair of the IEEE SMC BMI Workshop.

BMI Workshop Invited Speakers

Mitsuo Kawato
Director of Brain Information Communication Research Laboratory Group,
ATR, Japan 

Andrzej Cichocki
Center for Computational and Data-Intensive Science and Engineering
Skoltech, Russia  

Call for papers

Submissions to the BMI workshops are done through the main conference SMC submission page and papers follow the due reviewing process. To ensure that your paper gets proplerly assigned to the BMI session, be sure to select the appropriate session at submission (BMI workshop sessions are H23 to H31). Please, do not hesitate in informing the workshop chairs about your submission via email.

Papers should be concise, but contain sufficient detail and references to allow critical review. Please click here to download the call for papers. Accepted papers that are not physically presented at SMC 2018 will be excluded from the IEEE proceedings.