The International BCI Award, endowed with 6,000 USD, is one of the top accolades in BCI research. The Award was created to recognize outstanding and innovative research in the field of Brain-Computer Interfaces. The BCI Award Foundation organizes the annual BCI Award and guarantees scientific objectivity by assigning an independent and international jury assembled with world-leading BCI experts who work with invasive and non-invasive BCI in both research and clinical environments to judge the submitted projects. The BCI Award Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2017 in Austria, chaired by Christoph Guger and Gerwin Schalk.
12 projects are nominated before the winner is announced at the BCI Award Ceremony.
* Submissions from BCI groups/labs affiliated to the Jury 2019 are excluded from this year's competition.
The BCI Award is a very prestigious prize that attracts leading groups developing neural prostheses. I have seen a steady increase in the award’s popularity and the quality of submitted projects. Importantly, nominated projects are presented in an annual book series, which presents a collection of the best BCI studies conducted each year.
I foresee that the BCI Award will become an equivalent of a Nobel prize in the field of brain interfaces, and it will define the key directions in this growing research field.
– Mikhail A. Lebedev, PhD
Duke University Medical Center
5 STEPS TO SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT
All projects will be treated confidentially.
The jury will score the submitted projects on the basis of a list of criteria. Your project should get high scores in several of the criteria to get a high ranking. Thus, you should consider the following questions when writing your submission:
The 12 nominated projects will be invited to publish their work in the “BCI State-Of-The-Art” book series by Springer.
Read the interview with the 1st place winner of the BCI Award 2018 about his research with FES and BCI in on the g.tec Blog. It was the first study to combine an implanted human BCI system with implanted FES to restore both reaching and grasping in a person who had lost all functionality.
Read the interview with the 2nd place winner of the BCI Award 2018 about BCI-based language training for patients with chronic aphasia.
Junjie Bu1, Kymberly D. Young2, Wei Hong1, Ru Ma1, Hongwen Song5, Ying Wang1, Wei Zhang1,
Michelle Hampson3, Talma Hendler4, Xiaochu Zhang1,5
1 Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale and School of Life Sciences, University of
Science & Technology of China, Hefei, China.
2 Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, USA.
3 Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA.
4 Functional Brain Center, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
5 School of Humanities & Social Science, University of Science & Technology of China, Hefei, China.
Sergey D. Stavisky1, Francis R. Willett1, Paymon Rezaii1, Leigh R. Hochberg2, Krishna V. Shenoy1,3, Jaimie M. Henderson
1 Stanford University, USA.
2 Brown University, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Providence VA Medical Center, USA.
3 Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA.
Masaaki Hayashi, Nobuaki Mizuguchi, Shohei Tsuchimoto, Shoko Kasuga, and Junichi Ushiba
Graduate School of Science and Technology, Keio University, Kanagawa, Japan.
Yuxiao Yang1, Omid G. Sani1, Morgan B. Lee2,3,4, Heather E. Dawes2,3,4, Edward F. Chang2,3,4, Maryam M. Shanechi1,5
1 Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California, USA.
2 Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California, USA.
3 Weill Institute for Neuroscience, University of California, San Francisco, USA.
4 Kavli Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience, University of California, San Francisco, USA.
5 Neuroscience Graduate Program, University of Southern California, USA.
Farah L. Laiwalla1, Vincent W. Leung2, Jihun Lee1, Patrick Mercier2, Peter Asbeck2, Ramesh Rao2, Lawrence Larson1, Arto Nurmikko1
1 Brown University, USA.
2 University of California San Diego, USA.
1 Synchron Inc., Australia.
Ben Somers1, Damien Lesenfants1, Jonas Vanthornhout1, Lien Decruy1, Eline
Verschueren1, Tom Francart1
1 KU Leuven - University of Leuven, Department of Neurosciences, ExpORL, Leuven, Belgium.
Tomislav Milekovic1,2, Flavio Raschellà3, Matthew G. Perich2, Shiqi Sun1,4, Eduardo Martin Moraud6,7, Giuseppe Schiavone5, Yang Jianzhong8,9, Andrea Galvez2, Christopher Hitz1, Alessio Salomon1, David Borton1,10, Jean Laurens1,11, Isabelle Vollenweider1, Simon Borgognon1, Jean-Baptiste Mignardot1, Wai Kin D Ko8,9, Cheng YunLong8,9, Li Hao8,9, Peng Hao8,9, Qin Li8,9, Marco Capogrosso12, Tim Denison13, Stéphanie P. Lacour5, Silvestro Micera3,14, Chuan Qin9, Jocelyne Bloch6,7, Erwan Bezard8,10,15,16, Grégoire Courtine1,6,7
1 Center for Neuroprosthetics and Brain Mind Institute, School of Life Sciences, EPFL, Switzerland.
2 Department of Fundamental Neuroscience, Faculty of
Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland.
3 Center for Neuroprosthetics and Institute of Bioengineering, School of Engineering, EPFL, Switzerland.
4 Beijing Engineering Research Center for Intelligent Rehabilitation, College of Engineering, Peking University, People's Republic of China.
5 Center for Neuroprosthetics, Institute of Microengineering and Institute of Bioengineering, School of Engineering, EPFL, Switzerland.
6 Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) and University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
7 Department of Neurosurgery, CHUV, Switzerland.
8 Motac Neuroscience, United Kingdom.
9 Institute of Laboratory Animal Sciences, China Academy of Medical Sciences, People's Republic of China.
10 Carney Institute for Brain Science, School of Engineering, Brown University, USA.
11 Department of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine, USA.
12 Translational Neuroscience platform, University of Fribourg, Switzerland; 13 Oxford University, United Kingdom.
14 The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna,
15 Université de Bordeaux, Institut des Maladies Neurodégénératives (IMN), France.
16 CNRS, IMN, France.
Frolov Alexander1,2, Biryukova Elena1,2, Bobrov Pavel1,2, Bobrov Dmirty1, Lekin Alexander1, Mokienko Olesya3, Lyukmanov Roman3, Kotov Sergey4, Kondur Anna4, Ivanova Galina1, Bushkova Yulia1
1 Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, Russia.
2 Institute of Higher Nervous Activity, Russia.
3 Research Centre of Neurology, Russia.
4 Vladimirsky Moscow Regional Research Clinical Institute, Russia.
Solaiman Shokur, Debora S. F. Campos, A. R. C. Donati, Eduardo J. L. Alho, Mikhail
Lebedev, Miguel Nicolelis
Neurorehabilitation laboratory AASDAP.
Imperial College London.
Tianxiao Jiang1, Priscella Asman1, Giuseppe Pellizzer2, Sudhakar Tummala3, Sujit Prabhu3 and Nuri F. Ince1
1 University of Houston, USA.
2 University of Minnesota, USA.
3 MDAnderson Cancer Center, USA.
Read the interview with the 3rd place winner of the BCI Award 2018 about the direct synthesis of speech fron intracranial brain activity.