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BCI: Science and Practice is the only annual international conference in Russia with the focus on direct brain-machine interaction. Since October 2015 it is held in Samara, Russia, at the Samara State Medical University, in cooperation with its Center for Advanced Studies, where a wide range of medical technologies, including brain-computer interfaces, virtual reality and other modern IT applications are developed. The conference is organized within the framework of the National Technological Initiative.

BCI: Science and Practice conference supports:

  • report of new scientific results, innovation and development, and their assessment by expert community
  • review of the state-of-the-art in the non-invasive and invasive brain-computer research and application, and in related fields
  • communication and discussion between the researchers, developers and medical practitioners, including leading experts from international community and from Russia, development of effective international links and collaboration
  • education and involvement of young researchers
  • popularization of the brain-computer interface technology among medical practitioners, patients, caregivers, technology developers
  • an expert forum and a platform for events and activities of the National Technological Initiative NeuroNet Roadmap

See more about  the conference BCI: Science and Practice. Samara 2017: ProgramProceedings Videos

The 2018 conference agenda  was further optimized to fit high international standards and enable more intensive communication. The two day scientific program (11 – 12 October)  includes keynote and plenary lectures of leading scientists, panel talks and round tables, an extended poster session, innovative rehabilitation equipment demonstrations and excursions.

Satellite events on Saturday, 13th October organized by NeuroNet Industry Union  include Neurothlon competition and series of popular science lectures from the world leading scientists.

The two special topics in 2018 will be ARTIFICIAL VISION and MODERN MOTOR REHABILITATION. Other topics will include the whole range of brain-computer and brain-machine interfacing, and related areas, such as virtual reality  and robotics in medicine, clinical trends in physiotherapy and many others.

BCI: Science and Practice. Samara 2018  keynote and plenary speakers are:

Xing Chen (Netherland Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam),  Doron Friedman (Interdisciplinary Center Herzlia, Israel), Alexander Frolov (RAS Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology, Moscow), Alexander Kaplan (M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow), Mikhail Lebedev (Duke University, USA), Alexey Ossadtchi (Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia), Sergei Shishkin (NRC Kurchatov Institute, Moscow), Eugene Tunik (Northeastern University, Boston).

To participate please fill up the registration form

Please consider posters and abstracts guideline  and poster template if you would like to participate in poster session. 

The deadline for abstracts submission is  28 September 2018.

Brain-machine interface is one of the most groundbreaking research area, aimed at solving important social and technical problems. Thus, the conference has its impact in both  press and social media (Facebook , YouTube ).

For additional information and press accreditation please contact organizing committee by email committee@bcisamara.com

The conference is organized by:

The satellite events on Saturday, October the 13th are organized by:

Members of organizing and program committees are leading scientists, representatives of state and non-commercial organizations, innovative companies.

The conference has been included into the event list of Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation  and is supported by:

2018



The conference BCI: Science and Practice will be held in Samara from 11 to 13 of October, 2018.

The conference scientific agenda of 2018  includes plenary and poster reports of  leading and young Russian and foreign scientists and experts, discussion panels  and practical workshops.

The plenary and keynote speakers are Xing Chen (Netherland Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam),  Doron Friedman (Interdisciplinary Center Herzlia, Israel), Alexander Frolov (RAS Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology, Moscow), Alexander Kaplan (M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow), Mikhail Lebedev (Duke University, USA), Alexey Ossadtchi (Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia), Sergei Shishkin (NRC Kurchatov Institute, Moscow), Eugene Tunik (Northeastern University, Boston) and others.

The conference proceedings will be published at eLIBRARY.RU  and cited in Russian Science Citation Index. The video footage will be available on BCI: Science and Practice video channel.

Traditional reception dinner will took place as well as other entertainments.

This year the satellite events are organized by Neuronet Industrial Union on Saturday October the 13th and include Neurothlon competition and public lectures given be leading scientists.

Russian and foreign neurophysiologists, rehabilitation therapists, physicians, AI experts, innovation engineers, students, postgraduates  and everyone who interested in brain-computer interfacing, and modern neurophysiology and neurorehabilitation are welcomed to participate.

To participate please fill up the registration form

Please consider posters and abstracts guideline  and poster template  if you would like to participate in poster session. 

The deadline for abstracts submission is  28 September 2018

If you have any questions or need accommodation and transport assistance please contact organizing committee by e-mail  committee@bcisamara.com

The conference is organized by: 

Members of organizing committee are leading scientists, representatives of state and non-commercial organizations, innovative companies.

The conference is included into the event list of Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation  and  supported by:

2017


More than 300 participants attended the conference in Samara State Medical University  12 and 13 October of 2017.

The agenda included leading Russian and foreign scientists and experts among reporters:

Sliman Bensmaia (University of Chicago, USA), Doron Friedman (Interdisciplinary Center Herzlia, Israel), Alexander Frolov (Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology of  Russian Academy of Science), Alexander Kaplan (Moscow State University, Russia), Mikhail Lebedev (Duke University, USA), Aleksei Ossadtchi (National research university HSE, Moscow, Russia), Maria Victoria Sanchez-Vives and Melvin Slater (ICREA – University of Barcelona), Surjo Soekadar (Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology, Germany) and others.

A number of poster reports were presented, discussion panels dedicated to  brain-machine interfaces practical application gained large interest form professional community.

The conference proceedings were published at eLIBRARY.RU  and cited in Russian Science Citation Index. The event attracted wide media attention.  The video record of plenary section is available on BCI: Science and Practice video channel.

Traditional reception dinner with jazz piano accompaniment from conference participants Dmitry Makhlin and Sliman Bensmaia was even more joyful then last year.

Organizers

The conference was organized by:

The organizing and program committees included leading scientists, representatives of state and non-commercial organizations, innovative companies.

The conference was included into the event list of Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation  and supported by:

Moments of the conference:

2015 - 2016


Eventful conference took place at Samara State Medical University from 13 to 14 of October, 2016.

Conference included 20 reports and 2 discussion panels. The lecturers were famous scientists from Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Russia and the USA.

Formal reception in Bristol Zhiguli Hotel was remembered for improvised jazz jam between trio leaded by Nicolay Machkasov and Sliman Bensmaia, professor of the University of Chicago.

 It could be interesting to notice that at this particular moment US President Barack Obama was shaking a robotic hand , at the University of Pittsburgh. This hand was connected to a brain of a paralyzed person who could control it and had a tactile sense. Professor Bensmaia and his lab greatly contributed to this achievement.

The next day a sight-seeing tour around Samara was set up. After that the participants visited Disruptive Research Center and Technology Park of the Samara State Medical University.

Refer to following press-release and publications for more detailed information on the conference: 

Agenda

The conference agenda  was of high intension and had a lot of information. Fundamental neuroscience and brain-machine interface issues were discussed. Problems of biologic signals mathematical analysis, breakthrough achievements in medical and social rehabilitation of central neural system affliction, control of complex systems by “power of thought” were also covered.

Participants

More than 300 visitors took part in the conference. They represented:

  • Universities and Institutes, health facilities from different cities of Russia.
  • Rectorate, chairs and faculties of Samara State Medical University
  • NeuroNet Industrial Union
  • Skolkovo Foundation
  • Deaf-blind Support Fund So-edinenie (Connection)
  • Technology Opportunities Non-Commercial Organization
  • Defense industry medical product manufacturers association
  • Government of Samara region

Proceedings

Conference proceedings were published in “Science and innovations in medicine” magazine

Moments of the conference


The first international conference “Brain-machine Interface: Science and Practice” been held in Samara from 25 to 26 of October, 2015. Despite narrow event focus the audience counted more than 120 individuals from different regions of Russia.

Speeches on retrospectives and perspectives of neurocomputer interfaces, current problems of their development and usage, social and medical aspects, mathematical and technological issues were part of the program. Audience – researchers, doctors, candidates, students, engineers, programmers  – reacted with interest on the reports and asked lots of questions.

  The scientific part was realized in two formats: plenary meeting took place on the first day, whereas sessions were organized on the second day. 12 reports were made by scientists and specialists from Austria, Russia and the USA. The discussion continued at formal reception.

Session proceedings and meeting in technology park with president of Samara State Medical University took place on Saturday, September 26. Guests were demonstrated the labs of Disruptive Research Center of Samara State Medical University, university clinics, Samara’s places of interest.

Publications

Moments of the conference