TOBI Workshop lV

Practical Brain-Computer Interfaces for End-Users:

Progress and Challenges

Sion, Switzerland, January 23-25, 2013


The brain–computer interface (BCI) technology uses brain signals to directly drive external devices. Over the past decade, BCIs have begun to provide basic communication and motor control abilities to people with severe motor disabilities, thus offering a unique opportunity to improve their quality of life.

TOBI, and similar efforts worldwide, promised to push the field forward, from laboratory to home environments, from research experimental setups to real-world prototypes, and from healthy participants to end-user studies. Progress along all these lines has been made, mainly because of a holistic user-centered approach and the integration of novel research components in areas such as hybrid BCI, online adaptation and mental states, as well as human-computer interaction. Yet, we are still facing challenges in bringing BCI to end-users for their daily use.


The 4th and final TOBI workshop seeks to bring together all researchers, rehabilitation professionals, clinicians, and potential end-users in the field of BCI to share their progress, experience and prospects in practical BCIs for the end-users. We are thus soliciting contributions reporting progress in end-user studies as well as basic research facing the challenges in bringing BCI to end-users for their daily use.

Topics of interest, but not milited to, include:

  • End-user studies and experiences with BCI technology
  • User-centered approaches and user training
  • Development and benefits of hybrid BCIs
  • Online adaptation and monitoring of mental states
  • Ethical issues in BCIs
  • Technology transfer to industrial products
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Novel BCI principles and paradigms

Scientific Program

The scientific program will consist of a series of keynote talks, oral presentations, poster presentations, live demonstrations, and round tables.
Papers accepted for presentation will be assigned either to an oral or poster session. In the same sessions, members of the TOBI project will report their achievements.

Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers are leading experts in the themes of workshop. Current confirmed Keynotes are:

More keynote speakers will be announced soon.

Confirmed Speakers:

Round Table:

Round table discussions will provide the opportunity for a dialog between:

  • Researchers
  • Practitionners
  • End-users
  • Industrial companies

Cluster Session on BCI and Ethics:

Ethics appointees from BCI projects are invited to introduce and discuss important ethical issues of their projects. Please register for the session with a short abstract.

Demonstrations and Industrial Exhibits:

Practical live demonstrations of TOBI prototypes will present the state of the art of BCI to potential end-users and rehabilitation professionals.

We also welcome demonstrations of other BCI systems.

In addition to demonstrations, companies will exhibit their BCI products. There is no additional fee for participation in the industrial exhibition.


Important dates:

Deadline for paper submission (2 pages): December 1, December 6, 2012 Central European Time
Outcome of paper review: December 15, December 19, 2012 Midnight Central European Time
Deadline for final version of the paper: January 10, 2013 Midnight Central European Time

Deadline for early registration (70 EUR): January 10, 2013
Workshop date: January 23-25, 2013
Personal assistance for disabled persons is free of charge.



Some events of the workshop are sponsored by
g.tec is organizing the Annual BCI Research Award 2013. The competition is open to any BCI group worldwide.
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