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- 03/31/15--06:00: Visual Perception
- 04/06/15--10:22: Neuroelectrics Asian Tour
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- 05/25/15--07:31: Get your brain fit
- 06/05/15--07:33: Support Vector Machines: What they do and their best ‘trick’
- 06/14/15--12:55: BCI Evolution-Exploring Opportunities
- 06/28/15--04:15: Moving Neuroscience out of the lab
- 07/15/15--17:01: SONAR – BRAINPOLYPHONY
- 08/01/15--01:38: Can cortical networks be used to analyse EEG signals?
- 08/14/15--01:57: Out-of-Body-Experiences and Neurosciences
- 09/01/15--01:39: On memory and why I (you) can’t remember what I (you) ate today
- 09/15/15--02:33: Solving BCI bottlenecks for medical applications
- 10/01/15--00:00: From the lab to the Market: The experience lab
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- 11/01/15--12:16: The future of our species at the CCCB and Brain Polyphony
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In the last few weeks I’ve attended two very different events related to consumer BCIs; the “Wearables” session at MWC in Barcelona and the “BCI for the masses” panel at IBT in Tel Aviv. The wearables session at MWC was, as you might expect, mainly about fitness trackers and watches. Pebble, Fitbit and Misfit/Swarovski presented […]
The most important component of a digital camera is the image sensor. Nowadays CCD and CMOS sensors monopolise the digital market. Those sensors capture a continuous signal—the light—which is converted through a filtering process into discrete signals. Within this process, simplified here in one line, the element that controls the white balance level is key. The same […]
During the last 3 weeks, I had the chance to travel to 3 amazing cities: Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. The main objective was to attend the “1st International Brain Stimulation Conference” http://www.brainstimconference.com/ in Singapore and then the “2015 International Workshop on Clinical Brain Neural-Machine Interface Systems” http://plaza.umin.ac.jp/cbmi2015/ As there were some days between both […]
- Neuro… what? What on earth is neuroinformatics… you mean, bioinformatics? Indeed neuroinformatics takes inspiration from bioinformatics, which refers to the combination of omics data (genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic…) and its understanding with machine learning tools (well, and other computer science disciplines). Bioinformatics has brought enormous advances for instance in cancer research, which was itself one […]
In this post I would like to introduce the concept of BrainPolyphony, a CRG Awards-founded project in which Centre de Regulació Genòmica (CRG), Universitat de Barcelona, Mobilitylab, ASDI and Starlab will explore new ways of communication for patients suffering from severe speech disabilities. Patients with neurodegenerative diseases, such as cerebral palsy, often experience important communication problems. […]
As I have explained in a previous post, we loose about 100 000 neurons per day. But this is not something to be really worried about, since the thing that really matters is the quality of their connections, not their number. As we know, the brain is plastic so we can create new connections and […]
In the past years machine learning has been used to address many different problems in neuroscience. When we talk about classification, several algorithms have been proposed for specific tasks. For instance, in Starlab we have used discriminative learning algorithms for EEG/ECG classification (e.g. neurodegenerative diseases) or time-series classification. This type of algorithms model the dependence […]
Brain-Computer Interaction (BCI) based technology is thriving and has the potential of spreading into society by addressing the needs of various user groups under different application scenarios. Wolpaw and Wolpaw (2012) identified the five principal BCI scenarios or application types that may have evolved so far, namely, replace, restore, improve, supplement and enhance. Communication […]
Recently in Starlab we conducted some recordings out of the lab. We equipped some volunteers with a bunch of EEG, ECG and GSR sensors along with a GoPro cam so we could capture electro-physiological signals as well as volunteers’ point of view during the whole experiment. The idea was to record people while visiting an […]
Since its first edition in 1994 Sonar Festival is definitely one of the electronic music festivals you cannot miss. For its sixth consecutive year in Barcelona, Sonar+D organized its famous hackathon along with the Music Technology Group of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Sonar Music Hack Day (MHD) is a hacking session in which participants will […]
Broadly speaking, when we talk about analysing EEG signals, we are talking about how to use those time-varying signals to classify clinical conditions, behavioural events or predict responses (is the person awake or not? is this person going to develop Parkinson?). As such, learning temporal dependencies in those time series and predicting or classifying events […]
“The easiest path is not always the best” Lobsang Rampa, The Third Eye Ever since I read when I was a teenager Lobsang Rampa’s The Third Eye, I have been fascinated with astral traveling, or as modern science calls it, Out-of-Body Experiences (OBE). In the last years, OBE have been studied from a neuro-scientific […]
In psychology, memory is defined as the process by the brain stores and remembers information from the past. Classical psychological models see memory as a sequential process, where information is first encoded into the brain, and only then can be used or stored. Whatever information has been encoded, it is now represented in the brain […]
Medical BCI-based applications are still limited. Neuroelectrics is addressing most critical issues so that they can be effectively adopted in clinical settings or in users’ homes. Carabalona et al. (2009) discussed several points that need to be considered when designing, selecting and using a BCI system for neurorehabilitation purposes. In particular, they emphasized the importance […]
The path from lab research to the market is a tough one. Nearly all funding research calls ask you to report on your exploitation plans, so you need to figure out how the outcomes of your research could go to the market. The truth is that it is not always possible to materialize your findings on an actual product or service. Here […]
In all cities, the air we breathe contains emissions from motor vehicles, industry, heating and commercial sources which have sometimes travelled long distances from sources located far afield. Ambient air pollution is the major environmental contributor to the global burden of the disease, contributing to an estimated 4.7 million deaths per year worldwide. Air pollutants […]
New technologies constantly appear on our life. Who could have imagined that the competence of a classical music ‘tape’ and its accompanying radiocassette would have been integrated in our telephones? Or that human communication through long distances would depend on satellite swarms floating around earth? Communications, transport and health are clear examples of what aspects […]
Recently my colleagues Javier Acedo and Marta Castellano posted about ExperienceLab, Neurokai’s platform for characterizing the emotional response of users, and its very last presentation in an art exhibition discussing technology-driven evolution of humans. As you might already know ExperienceLab gathers data of a user when perceiving an external stimulus and associates an arousal and […]
Based on already published large evidence, non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) techniques like tdCS represent very important approach for the improvement of abnormal brain functions in various conditions (psychiatric and neurological). NIBS can induce temporary changes of neural oscillations and performance on various functional tasks. One of the key-points in understanding a mechanism of NIBS is […]
Every 2 seconds someone in the world will have a stroke for the first time. There were almost 17 million incidences of first-time stroke worldwide in 2010. Stroke is one of the leading causes of long-term adult disability. Are you aware of the impact of post-stroke aphasia? Post-stroke aphasia […]