Call for Participation: IEEE Brain Data Bank (BDB) Challenge – Los Angeles, California, USA

The IEEE Brain Initiative is partnering with the IEEE Big Data 2019 to host a Brain Data Bank (BDB) challenge in Los Angeles, CA.  Winners from the previous BDB Competition and Challenges have published their extended papers at the EMBS Conference 2018, the Sensors Journal 2019, and the SMC Magazine 2019.

You are cordially invited to register for the Challenge and creatively demonstrate value proposition based on your selected open source multi-modal brain data.

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The 2019 IEEE BDB Challenge in Los Angeles will help advance this exciting field of multi-disciplinary research and development.

  • Investigate non-invasive sensor activated brain signal measurements in conjunction with other physiological inputs
  • Explore Brain Signal Multi-modal System Methodology
  • Experiment Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning for user-centric brain signal and image data bank
  • Facilitate Brain Data Formatting Standardization

This Challenge seeks to address questions associated with EEG signal image data processing and analytics such as:

  • How do brain signals interact with various other physiological signals? i.e., what could be the multi-modal signal interaction among EEG, EKG, EMG, EOG, PPG, etc.?
  • What are the feature selection schemes for ease of storage, processing, and retrieval of brain datasets across the Internet? i.e., what is the best data pooling strategy for collective physiological signals impacting EEG?
  • How can data compression and analytics reduce the complexity of the brain dataset usability?
  • How do brain signals work with virtual reality, augmented reality in various applications, e.g., games, movies, autonomous vehicles, and other emerging digital intelligence in the consumer space?


We invite you to sign-up with your Team Name, Team Captain’s name, affiliation, email address, and project title/abstract.  Start planning and progressing!

  • Individual or Team (each up to 5 people per team), no age limitation
  • Maximum number of participants: 50 individuals/12 teams
  • IEEE members will be given priority.

Registration form for the IEEE BDB Challenge can be found here.

IEEE Big Data 2019 participants can attend the BDB Challenge free. Other participants require minimally one-day conference registration at IEEE Big Data 2019. Registration for IEEE Big Data 2019 can be found here.

A webex will be announced about 1 month before the competition to describe experiences from the previous 6 IEEE Brain Data Bank competitions with Q&A session to ease your preparation and participation.

Please let us know your intention to participate as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact


The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites
404 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90071, USA

Date and Time

The final presentation and judging will take place during IEEE Big Data 2019, on 10 December 2019.


  • Nan Chu, CWLab International; IEEE Consumer Electronics Society Representative in Brain Initiative and Sensors Council.
  • Emel Demircan, Director of the Human Performance and Robotics Laboratory, California State University Long Beach; IEEE RAS Representative in Brain Initiative

Competition Datasets

Teams/individuals are expected to creatively demonstrate their value proposition based on open source brain data. Multimodal brain imaging datasets are encouraged for experiencing impact of various physiological signals driven by brain.

Past competitions have used UCSF and UIUC brain EEG and fMRI datasets (accessed from the IEEE Dataport Competition page). Some have used their own EEG measurements. Although brain reactions are often assessed with visual or audio stimulus, motor reflexes, even ambient or social disturbances, limited multi-modal brain data interpretations have been demonstrated. We would like to see broadened  brain image data analytics linking to the neural network effect in this competition.

Published data with no privacy violation can be accepted for the BDB Challenge (all open sources or published, no privacy violation.) The Judge Panel reserves the right to reject datasets from questionable sources.

We are encouraging participants to use brain imaging data for the competition.


Judging criteria will be based on criteria as follows:

  1. Technical Approach – 40 points
  2. Novelty – 40 points
  3. Results – 20 points

The Judging Panel reserves the right for the final, in-disputable ranking decision.


Cash awards of $1000.00 or more are planned for the winning teams.

Preliminary Program

Coming Soon.