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Ethical Issues in Neural Technologies

The first module in this IEEE Brain eLearning Module series covers Ethical Issues in Neural Technologies. This session will give a general introduction to ethical issues in neural engineering.

Message from the Editor: A Year in Review

R. Chavarriaga

As we enter a new year, it is a good time to look back at the activities of the IEEE Brain Initiative during the past 12 months. Our community has been extremely engaged on the advancement of neurotechnologies.

Brain Machine Interfaces, Artificial Intelligence and Neurorights

M. Ienca

Progress in neurotechnology is critical to improve our understanding of the human brain and improve the delivery of neurorehabilitation and mental health services at the global level. We are now entering a new phase of neurotechnology development characterized by higher and more systematic public funding, diversified private sector investment, and increased availability of non-clinical neurodevices.

Could a Man Mistake a Hat for His Wife?

C. Guger, G. Schalk, C. Kapeller

In 1985, Dr. Oliver Sacks published “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” which included the case of a man with visual agnosia who had trouble identifying faces. This case made many people think about what a remarkable challenge our brain routinely solves every day.

Call for Participation: IEEE Brain Data Bank Competition – Boston

The IEEE Brain Initiative is sponsoring several challenges and competitions in 2017 to explore various brain/neuro datasets. The first IEEE Brain Data Bank (BDB) Challenge was held in June at St. Petersburg, as part of the IEEE SPCN 2017 Symposium. Another challenge was held in Glasgow, Scotland, October 31, during the IEEE SENSORS Conference. You are cordially invited to participate in the …

2017 IEEE Brain Initiative Workshop

IEEE Brain Initiative Workshop on Advanced NeuroTechnologies for BRAIN Initiatives (ANTBI) November 9-10, 2017 – Washington DC, USA See Final Agenda Register Now About The IEEE Brain Initiative Workshop will highlight the development of novel technological innovations, including engineered neuro-materials based implants, opto-genetics, to treat and monitor, traumatic brain injury, cognitive brain impairments, stroke and spinal cord injury etc. We …

Are We There Yet? Brain-Machine Interfaces to Lower-limb Powered Exoskeletons

J.L. Contreras-Vidal, Y. He, A. Kilicarslan, J.M. Azorín

Trauma to neural systems such as stroke and spinal cord injury (SCI) could irreversibly affect one’s ability to walk. Ambulation and rehabilitation after injuries has long been a research focus with great significance for patients to improve their quality of life. With recent advances in robotic technologies, lower-limb powered exoskeletons have emerged as an assistive and rehabilitative tool for disabled individuals to walk again.

Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering: Accelerating Neurotechnology Development

T. Laabs

Tech billionaires are investing in neurotechnology with optimism. Elon Musk, Brian Johnson and Marc Zuckerberg, to name a few, cite enhancing human intelligence, boosting memory, and electronically sharing full sensory and emotional experiences as their goals. But is money enough to drive a revolution in neurotech or could the readiness level of the technology curtail their ambitions?

IEEE DataPort


Would you like to get more exposure for your valuable Brain or Neuroscience research? Do you have datasets that require long-term storage and easy access long-term? You are invited to experience the exciting new data repository developed by IEEE called IEEE DataPort™! This IEEE data repository offers many benefits to researchers, data analysts, and institutions around the globe, and it is currently available at no cost.

Call for Participation: 2017 IEEE Brain Data Bank Challenges and Competitions


The IEEE Brain Initiative, in partnership with the IEEE Big Data Initiative and the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society, is excited to sponsor new competition opportunities throughout 2017, to explore Brain Data storage retrieval and analytics, the so called Brain Data Bank (BDB) Competitions. This “Call for Participation” is an extension of the popular brain-computer interface (BCI) Hackathons held in the prior year.