CFP – Special Session at ICMI 2011 “BCI and Multimodality”

The deadline for submissions to this special session has been extended to May 20th

Anton Nijholt from University of Twente and Rob Jacob from Tufts University are organizing a special session at ICMI 2011 on “BCI and Multimodality”. All ICMI sessions, including the special sessions, are plenary. Hence, having a special session during the ICMI conference means that there is the opportunity to address a broad audience and make them aware of new developments and special topics.  Clearly, if we look at BCI for non-medical applications a multimodal approach is natural. We can make use of knowledge about user, task, and context. Part of this information is available in advance, part of the information becomes available on-line in addition to EEG or fNIRS measured brain activity. The intended user is not disabled, he or she can use other modalities to pass commands and preferences to the system, and the system may also have information obtained from monitoring the mental state of the user. Moreover, it may be the case that different BCI paradigms can be employed in parallel or sequentially in multimodal (or hybrid) BCI applications.

We invite BCI researchers to submit papers on all aspects of brain-computer interfacing for non-medical applications and for users who are not necessarily disabled. Applications may range from fun applications, such as games, to applications where adding the brain modality to other modalities makes it possible to survive in a life threatening situation. And we would certainly like to see papers that address problems related to usability, robustness and reliability, illiteracy, and training for a general audience interested in BCI applications.

We invite you to contribute to this special session. This invitation goes to a limited number of potential authors/presenters. All papers will be refereed as ICMI papers. However, for papers submitted to this Special Session we have a separate Review Committee with researchers that are familiar with BCI research and that have shown affinity with the topics of this Special Session. Clearly, members of the Review Committee can also submit papers.  In addition to the regular reviews,  a meta-review will be provided by the organizers.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission  May 13, 2011
  • Rebuttal period  July 15-20, 2011
  • Author notification  August 8, 2011
  • Camera ready deadline  September 2, 2011
  • Conference  November 14-16, 2011

Author Information

Review Committee

  • Marc Cavazza (University of Teeside, UK)
  • Stephen Dunne (Starlab, Barcelona, Spain)
  • Jan van Erp (TNO, the Netherlands)
  • Stephen Fairclough (Liverpool John Moores Univ, UK)
  • Audrey Girouard (Queens University, Canada)
  • Hayrettin Gürkök (University of Twente, the Netherlands)
  • Sander Koelstra (Queen Mary University, London)
  • Femke Nijboer (University of Twente, the Netherlands)
  • Ioannis Patras (Queen Mary University, London, UK)
  • Mannes Poel (University of Twente, the Netherlands)
  • Thierry Pun (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Fabien Lotte (INRIA Bordeaux, France)
  • Tanja Schultz (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany)
  • Erin Solovey (Tufts University, USA)
  • Thorsten Zander (Graz University of Technology, Austria)

Please contact anijholt@cs.utwente.nl if you plan to submit for this special session.

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