Deadline extension for BCI Grand Challenge at ICMI 2012

I am one of the organisers for a workshop event at ICMI 2012 entitled “BCI Grand Challenges.”  The deadline for submissions was this coming Friday (15th) but has now been extended until the 30th June.  Full details are below.


Where and what?


We have a call for papers for a Grand Challenge on Brain-Computer Interfacing at the 14th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI). This conference will take place in Santa Monica California (USA). ICMI is the premier international forum for multidisciplinary research on multimodal human-human and human-computer interaction, interfaces, and system development. The conference focuses on theoretical and empirical foundations, component technologies, and combined multimodal processing techniques that define the field of multimodal interaction analysis, interface design, and system development. ICMI 2012 will feature a single-track main conference which includes: keynote speakers, technical full and short papers (including oral and poster presentations), special sessions, demonstrations, exhibits and doctoral spotlight papers. The conference will be followed by workshops. The proceedings of ICMI 2012 will be published by ACM as part of their series of International Conference Proceedings.



Call for Papers, Demonstrators and Videos:


Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) are traditionally conceived as a way to control apparatus, an interface that allows you to “act on” external devices as a form of input control. However, most BCI do not provide a reliable and efficient means of input control and are difficult to learn and use, when  compared with other interfaces. We propose to change the conceptual use of “BCI as an actor” (input control) into “BCI as an intelligent sensor” (monitor). This shift of emphasis promotes the capacity of BCI to represent spontaneous changes in the state of the user in order to induce intelligent behavior of systems. This conceptual change gives rise to 3 grand challenges:


1.      Inclusion challenge: How can we make an interface profit from user-information from different sensors? How can we include BCI as one of the interaction paradigms in the Multimodal      Interaction Framework; how to transfer from “Brains Only” to “Brains Also”.

2.      Interpretation challenge: How can we fuse, but also disentangle and interpret information from the user, the task and the environment?

3.      Representation challenge: How can we best feed back information to the user?


Go for a detailed description and more sub-challenges to our website: .



What can you send in?


We invite work on systems that (could) use BCI’s as intelligent sensors. Authors are encouraged to express their own challenges without any constraints. The following types of contributions are welcome:


*       Papers on developed systems: please follow the template styles for a long paper described by ICMI. Click here: .

*       Posters or papers proposing an idea: please follow the template styles for a short paper described by ICMI. Click here: .

*       Demo: please follow the template styles for a short paper described by ICMI and describe your demo. Click here: .



Important dates:


Extended deadline submission: June 30, 2012

Notification of acceptance: July 14, 2012

Final paper: August 15, 2102

ICMI conference: October 22-26, 2012






Femke Nijboer, Mannes Poel, Anton Nijholt (University of Twente, the Netherlands), Egon L. van den Broek TNO Technical Sciences, the Netherlands); Stephen Fairclough (Liverpool John Moore University, United Kingdom)




Program committee:


Robert Jacobs, Tufts University, USA

Jeremy Hill, Wadsworth Center, USA

Michael Tangerman, Berlin Institute of Technology, Germany

Fabien Lotte, INRIA, France

Thorsten Zander, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany

Kiel Gilleade, Liverpool John Moore University, United Kingdom

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