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BCI: Science&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 and IT Universe Ltd, 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


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)  included 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  were organized by NeuroNet Industry Union  and Think, Samara! group and included Neurothlon competition and series of popular lectures from the world leading scientists.

The two special topics in 2018 were ARTIFICIAL VISION and MODERN MOTOR REHABILITATION. Other topics included 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  plenary speakers were:

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), Eugene Tunik (Northeastern University, Boston), Junichi Ushiba (Keio University, Yokohama).

The conference was organized by:

Members of organizing and program committees were leading scientists, representatives of government, public and non-commercial organizations, innovation companies.

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

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2015 - 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 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.

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:

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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.

The first day was crowned by the gala dinner 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 the Center for Advanced Studies and Technology Park of the Samara State Medical University.

The conference agenda  was of high intension. 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 “the power of thought” were also covered.

More than 300 participants 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 (Co-nnection)
  • Technology Opportunities Non-Commercial Organization
  • Defense industry medical product manufacturers association
  • Government of Samara region

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

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The first international conference BCI: Science & Practice was held in Samara from 25 to 26 September of 2015. Despite narrow event focus the audience counted more than 120 individuals from different regions of Russia.

Talks on retrospective and prospective of brain-computer interfaces applications, actual problems of their development and use, social and medical aspects, mathematical and technological issues were included in the program. Audience – researchers, doctors, postgraduates, students, engineers, programmers  – reacted on the reports with live interest  and asked lots of questions.

 The scientific part included plenary meeting on the first day and sessions on the second day. 12 reports were made by experts from Austria, Russia and the USA. The informal discussion continued at the gala dinner.

On Saturday, September 26  guests visited the Center for Advanced Studies of Samara State Medical University, university clinics, city places of interest.

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