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Brain Machine Interface Workshop 2013

International Workshop on Clinical Brain-Neural Machine Interface Systems

February 25-27, 2013

Speakers from around the world gathered at Houston Methodist Research Institute from February 25-27 to discusss challenges and potential solutions in developing machines that interface with brain neural activity.

Houston Methodist Research Institute and the University of Houston hosted the 2013 International Workshop on Clinical Brain Machine Interface Systems, a federally funded National Robotics Initiative Workshop. The conference focused on ways to control machines with human brain activity for clinical care- like robotic legs for paraplegic patients that allow them to walk.  Watch highlights of the demonstrations from RexBionics, Parker Hannifan Corp, NASA, UH, Purdue University, and Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientí­ficas, Madrid, Spain.

For more information, please visit the conference website at http://bmiconference.org/

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Mark Clarke, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor/Vice President
Research and Technology Transfer
University of Houston

Mauro Ferrari, Ph.D.
Ernest Cockrell Jr. Distinguished Endowed Chair President and CEO
Houston Methodist Research Institute

Conference Chair:
Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal, Ph.D.
Neurosciences Research Program
Houston Methodist Research Institute
Noninvasive Brain-Machine Interface Systems Laboratory
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Houston 

Topics & Speakers:

TIRR Memorial Hermann Plenary Talk
“Bidirectional Interactions Between the Brain and Implantable Computers”
Eberhard E. Fetz, Ph.D.
University of Washington

“Clinical BCI/BMI Roadmap in the European Union” (videoconference)
Jose del R Millan, Ph.D.
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

“Clinical BMI Roadmap in Japan”
Toshiki Yoshimine, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair of BMI Osaka 2012

“Lessons Being Learned from the Ongoing BrainGate 2 Pilot Clinical Trial”
Leigh Hochberg, M.D., Ph.D.
Brown University

“Peripheral Neural Interfaces”
Hunter Peckham, Ph.D.
Case Western University

University of Houston Plenary Talk
“Brain machine Interfaces in the Completely Locked-In and Stroke”
Niels Birbaumer, Ph.D.

“What kind of neural interfaces do we want? Implications of BCI performance for their clinical use”
John Donoghue, Ph.D.
Brown University

“Neuroethics of Clinical BMI systems”
Jens Clausen, Ph.D.
University of Tuebingen

“FDA Regulation and BMI Systems”
Kristen Bowsher, Ph.D.
FDA, Office of Device Evaluation, Division of Neurological and Physical Medicine Devices, Neurostimulation Devices Branch

“Direct Brain Interfaces for Individuals with upper limb paralysis”
Andrew Schwartz, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburg

“User-inspired and Practitioner-friendly Neural Prosthetics”
Michael Boninger, M.D.
University of Pittsburg

“Towards a NIH Roadmap for clinically-relevant neural interfaces and how it impacts the neurotechnology industry”
Kip Ludwig, Ph.D.

“Clinical transition of neural interfaces for amputees”
Jack Judy, Ph.D.

“Translational research opportunities between neural and rehabilitation engineering and aerospace to enhance and develop innovative neural interface technologies”
Ron Diftler, Ph.D.

“An Evolutionary and Translational Prosthetics Roadmap for Brain-Machine-Interfacing Applied to Neuromodulation: An Industry Perspective”
Timothy Denison, Ph.D.

“A Small Business Perspective on BMI Commercialization”
K. Shane Guillory