Meet TOBI Partners

To ensure the success of the project, TOBI includes 5 of the best worldwide BCI partners as well as leading European groups in human-computer interaction, intelligent robotics, and applied assistive technologies. It also includes rehabilitation clinics and commercial providers of assistive technology.

TOBI Partners


Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

EPFL is one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology. EPFL emphasizes both fundamental research and engineering applications.

Its Center for Neuroprosthetics, at the interface of neuroscience and bioengineering, seeks the development of novel enabling technologies as well as a deeper understanding of fundamental mechanisms underlying the field of neuroprosthetics.


Technical University Berlin

Technische Universität Berlin, located in Germany’s capital city at the heart of Europe, strives to ensure exceptional performance in research and teaching, providing graduates with excellent qualifications. Strong regional, national and international networking with partners in science and industry is an important aspect in TUB's research endeavors.
In the TOBI project, the Machine Learning group contributes methods of intelligent analysis for BCI data.

Technical University Berlin


TU Graz

Technische Universität Graz

The BCI Lab is one of the leading labs in brain-computer communication. It is an internationally renowned research institution with a research focus on brain-computer communication and dynamics of brain oscillations.

The so-called "Graz BCI" was one of the first online EEG-based BCIs introduced over 15 years ago. Various applications for this system, including spelling devices, computer games, neuroprosthetics, and navigation in virtual environments have been developed and tested in healthy users and several patient populations. The Graz BCI group successfully organized four major international BCI conferences over the last 8 years and plans a fifth conference in 2011.


Fondazione Santa Lucia

Fondazione Santa Lucia (FSL) is a nationally renowned hospital for neuromotor rehabilitation and a Scientific Institute covering virtually all aspects in the fields of neuromotor and cognitive rehabilitation, from clinical to basic scientific investigations.
Its Laboratory of Neuroelectrical Imaging and Brain Computer Interface fosters the development of BCI technology, mainly aimed at the merger into the broader field of Assistive Technologies.

Fondazione Santa Lucia


Universität Tübingen

Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen

The Eberhard Karls University was founded in 1477 and was the first German University to establish a Faculty of Science in 1863. Not only the long scientific research history but also the convention of institutions like the Max-Planck Institute, the Hertie-Institute for Clinic Brain Research and the Werner Reichardt Center for Integrative Neuroscience (excellancy cluster) have contributed to its excellent international reputation in various fields of science. The Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology was the first in the world to transfer BCI research to patients homes and therefore offers a more than 20 year experience with patient centered research.


University Glasgow


University of Glasgow






Stiftung orthopädische Universitätsklinik Heidelberg

The Orthopaedic University Hospital Heidelberg is one of the leading academic institutions in Europe in the field of orthopaedic surgery and neuro-orthopaedics with 1.200 inpatients per year. The Department II is specialized in the comprehensive rehabilitation of spinal cord injured (SCI) patients. It contains facilities for management of acute trauma patients including ventilation, for diagnosis and treatment of secondary SCI-related problems including neuro-urological issues.

Affiliated to it is a multidisciplinary research group with a key expertise in the application of engineering methods for functional rehabilitation, in particular the development of neuroprostheses based on Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES).

Orthopädische Universitätsklinik Heidelberg



Schweizerische Unfallversicherungsanstalt

Suva, an independent non-profit company under public law, opened its doors as the Swiss Accident Insurance Fund in 1918. SuvaCare offers modern claims management and holistic rehabilitation. Its clinic in Sion is member of the TOBI consortium.


Kreuznacher Diakonie; Beratungsstelle für Unterstützte Kommunikation


Kreuznache Diakonie



AIAS Bologna onlus is a medium-sized non-profit organization for people with disabilities. The organization has approximately 100 employees and more than 30 years of experience in working with end users and AT.

The AIAS Assistive Technology (AT) team operates a leading public AT centre in Italy, which serves the needs of clients in a large geographical area (Emilia Romagna and beyond) and which is also a key hub in the strategy of the Regional Government to provide quality services that support the independence of people with disabilities and the aging citizens.


Julius-Maximilians Universität Würzburg

The roots of Julius-Maximilians University at Würzburg reach back as far as1402 AD. In that era, it was the sixth institution of higher learning to be founded in the German-speaking regions of Europe. Würzburg University holds a position among the leading institutions in Germany. On an international level the University of Würzburg rates in the top bracket of academic institutions in many disciplines of science, for instance, in Biology, Medicine, Physics, and Psychology.

Universität Würzburg


Medel GmbH in Hamburg, Germany is among the European leading companies for development, production and marketing of multichannel neurostimulators. Medel closely cooperates with several European scientific institutions, in which their neurostimulators are used for research on neuroprostheses and functional rehabilitation.