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What is the Annual BCI Award?


The International BCI Award, endowed with 6,000 USD, is one of the top accolades in BCI research. The BCI Award was created to recognize outstanding and innovative research in the field of Brain-Computer Interfaces.

12 projects are nominated before the winner is announced at the BCI Award Ceremony.


  • The 12 nominated projects will be invited to submit a chapter to be published
    in a book (Springer).
  • The winner gets 3,000 USD, the 2nd place 2,000 USD and the 3rd place 1,000 USD!
  • The BCI Award is donated by g.tec medical engineers and the BCI Society.
  • There is no limitation or special consideration for the type of hardware and software used in the submission.
  • The competition is open to any BCI group or researcher worldwide.




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

#Ceremony "Ceremony"

Virtual 2020 BCI Award Ceremony


Tuesday, October 13, 2020*
12:00 - 14:00 EDT

during the 2020 IEEE SMCZoom Link will be provided via E-Mail for all teams who submitted for the BCI Award 2020. 

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#Submission "Submission"



  1. Write a clear description in English that does not exceed 2 pages.
  2. Include your full name(s), contact information, project title, brief description and current status of the work, images, figures and tables (if needed).
  3. Additionally, make a short film to explain the subject matter of your BCI project submission. It should be approx. two minutes long and has to be spoken or subtitled in English.
  4. Send the document as a .pdf file and the short film to submit (submit(Ca)bci-award·com)( (submit(Ca)bci-award·com)C (submit(Ca)bci-award·com)a (submit(Ca)bci-award·com)) (submit(Ca)bci-award·com)bci-award (submit(Ca)bci-award·com)· (submit(Ca)bci-award·com)com (submit(Ca)bci-award·com) before the indicated deadline (August 1, 2020).
  5. Attend the BCI Award 2020 Ceremony at the 2020 IEEE SMC International Conference in Toronto (Canada) or send a delegate to receive the nomination or the award in person. The 12 top-ranked nominees will be informed about 2 months before the BCI Award 2020 Ceremony. 

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:

  • Does the project include a novel application of the BCI?
  • Is there any new methodological approach used compared to earlier projects?
  • Is there any new benefit for potential users of a BCI?
  • Is there any improvement in terms of speed of the system (e.g. bit/min)?
  • Is there any improvement in terms of accuracy of the system?
  • Does the project include any results obtained from real patients or other potential users?
  • Does the approach work online/in real-time?
  • Is there any improvement in terms of usability?
  • Does the project include any novel hardware or software developments?


The 12 nominated projects will be invited to publish their work in the “BCI State-Of-The-Art” book series by Springer.



August 30th, 2020

1st place:     USD 3,000*
2nd place:    USD 2,000*
3rd place:     USD 1,000**

** sponsored by BCI Society

August 1st, 2020

All nominees will present their submissions virtually during the BMI Sessions at the 2020 IEEE SMC.
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#Jury "Jury"

Jury of The BCI Award 2020


Aysegul Gunduz (US)

Chair 2020
University of Florida



Sergey D. Stavisky (US)

Winner 2019
Stanford University



Adriane Randolph (US)

Kennesaw State University



Steve Meng (CN)

Shanghai Jiao Tong University




Jörn Rickert (DE)

CorTec GmbH




Fabien Lotte (FR)

INRIA University




Yannick Roy (CA)



#Nominees "Nominees"

The Nominees for 2020

This year, top-level research projects were submitted from all over the world.
Aysegul Gunduz, chair of the jury and 7 reviewers carefully selected 12 nominated projects:


Guangye Li1, Meng Wang1, Shize Jiang2, Jie Hu2, Liang Chen2, Dingguo Zhang3

Enhancing gesture decoding performance using signals from human posterior parietal cortex

1 Robotics Institute, School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China
2 Neurosurgery Department of Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
3 Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Bath University, Bath, UK

Joseph G. Makin, David A. Moses, Edward F. Chang

Machine translation of cortical activity to text

Center for Integrative Neuroscience/Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco

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Benjamin Wittevrongel1,3, Niall Holmes2, Elena Boto2, Ryan Hill2, Molly Rea2, Ben Hunt2, Arno Libert1, Elvira Khachatryan1, Marc Van Hulle1,3, Richard Bowtell2, Matthew Brookes2

Towards practical MEG-BCI with optically pumped magnetometers

1 Laboratory for Neuro- and Psychophysiology, KU Leuven, Belgium
2 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham, UK
3 KU Leuven institute for Artificial Intelligence (Leuven.AI), Belgium

Zied Tayeb1, Rohit Bose2,3, Andrei Dragomir2,4, Luke E. Osborn5,6, Nitish V. Thakor5,7, Gordon Cheng1

EEG decoding of pain perception for a real-time reflex system in prostheses

1 Institute for Cognitive Systems, Technical University of Munich, Germany
2 Institute for Health, National University of Singapore, Singapore
3 Department of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, USA
4 Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Houston, USA
5 Department of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, USA
6 Research Exploratory Development, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, USA
7 Department of Biomedical Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore

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Giacomo Valle, Francesco Maria Petrini Pavle Mijovic, Bogdan Mijovic, Stanisa Raspopovic

A computer-brain interface that restores lost extremities touch and movement sensations

Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems, ETH Zürich

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Patrick D. Ganzer, Samuel C. Colachis, Michael A. Schwemmer, David A. Friedenberg, Collin F. Dunlap, Carly E. Swiftney, Adam F. Jacobowitz, Doug J. Weber, Marcia A. Bockbrader, Gaurav Sharma

Restoring the sense of touch using a sensorimotor demultiplexing neural interface

Battelle Memorial Institute, USA

Tomislav Milekovic1,2,3,4, Flavio Raschellà1,2,3,5, Matthew G. Perich2, Eduardo Martin Moraud1,2,3,6, Shiqi Sun1,2,3,7, Giuseppe Schiavone8, Yang Jianzhong9,10, Andrea Galvez1,2,3,4, Christopher Hitz1, Alessio Salomon1, Jimmy Ravier1,2,3, David Borton1,11, Jean Laurens1,12, Isabelle Vollenweider1, Simon Borgognon1,2,3, Jean-Baptiste Mignardot1, Wai Kin D Ko9,10, Cheng YunLong9,10, Li Hao9,10, Peng Hao9,10, Laurent Petit13,14, Qin Li9,10, Marco Capogrosso1, Tim Denison15, Stéphanie P. Lacour8, Silvestro Micera5,16, Chuan Qin10, Jocelyne Bloch1,2,3,6, Erwan Bezard9,10, 13,14, Grégoire Courtine1,2,3,6

A brain–spine interface complements deep-brain stimulation to both alleviate gait and balance deficits and increase alertness in a primate model of Parkinson’s disease

1 Center for Neuroprosthetics (CNP) and Brain Mind Institute, School of Life Sciences, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland
2 Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) and University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland
3 Defitech Center for Interventional Neurotherapies (NeuroRestore), CHUV/UNIL/EPFL, Switzerland
4 Department of Fundamental Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland
5 CNP and Institute of Bioengineering, School of Engineering, EPFL, Switzerland
6 Department of Neurosurgery, CHUV, Switzerland
7 Beijing Engineering Research Center for Intelligent Rehabilitation, College of Engineering, Peking University, People's Republic of China
8 CNP, Institute of Microengineering and Institute of Bioengineering, School of Engineering, EPFL, Switzerland
9 Motac Neuroscience, UK
10 Institute of Laboratory Animal Sciences, China Academy of Medical Sciences, People's Republic of China
11 Carney Institute for Brain Science, School of Engineering, Brown University, USA
12 Department of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
13 Université de Bordeaux, Institut des Maladies Neurodégénératives (IMN), UMR 5293, France
14 CNRS, IMN, UMR 5293, France
15 Oxford University, UK
16 The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy


Cong Han1,2, James O’Sullivan1,2, Yi Luo1,2, Jose Herrero3, Ashesh D. Mehta3, Nima Mesgarani1,2

Speaker-independent auditory attention decoding without access to clean speech sources

1 Department of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
2 Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
3 Department of Neurosurgery, Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine and Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Manhasset, New York, NY, USA

Francis R. Willett1,2, Donald T. Avansino1, Leigh Hochberg3, Jaimie Henderson1, Krishna V. Shenoy1,2

A high-performance handwriting BCI

1 Stanford University, USA
2 Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA
3 Brown University, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA

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Karla Burelo1,2, Mohammadali Sharifhazileh1,2, Johannes Sarnthein2, and Giacomo Indiveri1
A neuromorphic brain computer interface for real-time detection of a new biomarker for epilepsy surgery

1 University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, Institute of Neuroinformatics, Switzerland 

2 University Hospital and University of Zurich, Switzerland

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Xiang Wu, Paul Chong, Huiliang Wang, Guosong Hong

“Sono-optogenetics”: An ultrasound-mediated non-invasive optogenetic brain-computer interface

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Stanford University, USA

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Alexandre Moly1, Thomas Costecalde1, Félix Martel1, Antoine Lassauce1, Serpil Karakas1, Gael Reganha1, Alexandre Verney2, Benoit Milville2, Guillaume Charvet1, Stéphan Chabardes3, Alim Louis Benabid1, Tetiana Aksenova1

High-dimensional (8D) control of complex effectors such as an exoskeleton by a tetraplegic subject using chronic ECoG recordings using stable and robust over time adaptive direct neural decoder

1 CEA, LETI, CLINATEC, University Grenoble Alpes, MINATEC, France
2 CEA, LIST, DIASI, SRI, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
3 Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Grenoble Alpes, France

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