Spotlight: Brain-Computer Interfaces

Moving the World by Thought: Dimensions and Perspectives of Brain-Computer Interfaces

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Machines that learn and grow their abilities and computers that analyze data like humans are already a reality. Interfacing the wetware of the human brain with the software of modern information technology, however, remains a challenge for engineers, biologists and medical professionals alike. Together with the German Research Foundation (DFG), the DWIH hosted Prof. Dr. Niels Birbaumer, Director of the Institute of Medical and Behavioral Neurobiology at the University of Tübingen and recipient of the Leibniz Prize 1995, along with Dr. Leonardo G. Cohen, Chief of Human Cortical Physiology and the Neurorehabilitation Section of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

The distinguished speakers discussed the present and future of such interfaces in November 2013 during the event “Moving the World by Thought: Dimensions and Perspectives of Brain-Computer Interfaces.”