Brain Control Club

Together with students from the PhD program at the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires – CRI) in Paris, we have started the Brain Control Club (BCC). We will officially open the BCC with a kick-off event at the opening of the academic year in September 2016.

 

The Brain Control Club

The Brain Control Club will consist of interactive workshops and meetings (every two weeks), invited lectures as well as online documentation and discussions. The focus will be the understanding and development of software and hardware for Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs). BCIs measure electrophysiological signals from the brain and body and use these to control external equipment. BCIs can also be used in a closed-loop system, where the signals are fed back to the subject, thereby allowing them to learn about - and even control - the physiological processes that are measured. In the Brain Control Club participants will be able to develop their own BCI projects, taking advantage of our and each others knowledge and expertise.

The workshops and lectures will focus on the different aspects of BCI applications:

  • How are electrophysiological signals measured?
  • How can these signals be analyzed in realtime?
  • How can the output of these analyses be converted into control signals?
  • How can control signals be used for practical and creative applications?

 

The Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity

The CRI was founded in Paris, in 2005 as a convivial place at the crossroad of life sciences and exact, natural, cognitive, and social sciences. Today, the CRI offers three degree programs integrated in the Bettencourt curriculum: an undergraduate program (Licence Frontières du Vivant, FdV, Paris-Descartes University), a masters program (Interdisciplinary Approaches to Life Sciences, AIV Master, Paris-Descartes University, Paris-Diderot University), and a doctoral program (Frontiers of Life, Ecole doctorale 474 Frontières du Vivant, FdV). The CRI’s dedicated facilities host visiting professors, a variety of courses, and many student clubs. The CRI’s main role is to promote new educational techniques and strategies to empower the students to take initiative and develop their own research projects.

 

Resources

We will use the software and hardware used and developed in our EEGsynth project. The Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity supports us with the resources for two sets of OpenBCI EEG boards, Raspberri Pis and Arduinos, a meeting space at Tour Montparnasse and use of the OpenLab makers laboratory.

 

Founding members

We are very happy and proud to have the opportunity to share our EEGsynth project with a group of very talented and inspired scientists and researchers.

  • Aamir Abbasi (Biomedical Engineering) pursues a PhD in neuroscience with a focus on brain-machine interfaces.
  • Hernan Anllo (Psychology) is a PhD candidate specialized in attention, naturally altered states of consciousness and metacognition. He currently studies the psychophysics and electrophysiological fluctuations of attentional allocation as modulated by hypnosis and suggestion.
  • Ignacio Rebollo (Psychology) is a PhD student researching the question how electrical rhythms from the heart and stomach interact with the brain.
  • Maxime (Cognitive Science) is a PhD student interested in applying computational models to neurimaging data in order to understand decision making.
  • Wei Ouyang (Computer Science) is a PhD candidate at Institut Pasteur working on applying artificial intelligence (deep learning) methods to recover and understand super-resolution microscopy images. He has a rich experience in multiple fields such as electronics R&D, control theory and data mining, and worked in KTH Sweden as a researcher in wearable devices for pain management.
  • Stephen Whitmarsh (Neuroscience) holds a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience for research on the role of oscillatory brain activity in attention. He is also a graduate in Arts and Media production, and has been involved in multidisciplinary science projects for many years. More recently, he has developed an opensource BCI project for controlling musical and visual performance equipment.