HybridNeuro "Leap to Hybrid BCI" workshop at Imperial College London, UK

The HybridNeuro project set the stage for a series of dissemination and education events, commencing with the highly anticipated "Leap to Hybrid BCI" workshop that took place between the 4th and 6th of July at Imperial College London, UK. Esteemed researchers, neuroscientists, and engineers joined forces to demonstrate the cutting-edge advancements in brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) and their integration with a wide range of neurophysiological modalities.

Kicking off the series of events was the 2nd HybridNeuro meeting, which served as a dynamic platform for exchanging knowledge and fostering collaboration among experts in the field. The "Leap to Hybrid BCI" workshop took centre stage, providing attendees with hands-on training on key aspects of neurophysiological recordings, neuromodulation tools, and advanced control techniques. The workshop's lectures were complemented by hands-on-training activities, including:

  • 1. EEG and hdEMG Recordings: Participants delved into the intricacies of electroencephalography (EEG) and high-density electromyography (hdEMG). These techniques enable the analysis of electrical signals emanating from the brain and muscles, respectively, providing valuable insights into neural activity and motor control.
  • 2. Non-invasive Neuromodulation Tools: The training shed light on the latest advancements in non-invasive neuromodulation tools. Attendees were introduced to transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), which offers exciting possibilities for modulating brain activity and augmenting cognitive and motor functions.
  • 3. Advanced Control in Simulation and Real-Life Prosthesis Control: Focus of this session was on advanced control strategies for simulated and real-life limb prosthesis control. Participants received expert guidance on state-of-the-art algorithms and approaches that enhance the precision, dexterity, and intuitiveness of movements in prosthetic devices, ultimately empowering individuals with limb loss or motor impairments.
  • 4. Intramuscular EMG Acquisition: This session explored the realm of intramuscular electromyography (EMG) acquisition. Attendees gained insights into the intricate process of inserting wire electrodes into specific muscles to capture and analyse their electrical activity. This technique complements the hdEMG and enables a deeper understanding of motor control mechanisms and muscle functionality.

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The HybridNeuro "Leap to Hybrid BCI" workshop marked a significant milestone in our ongoing journey towards seamless interaction between the human brain and external devices. It showcased the potential of integrating various neurophysiological modalities into BCIs, paving the way for scientific advancements in neurorehabilitation, assistive technologies, and augmentation of human movement. As the field of neuroengineering continues to develop, events like the "Leap to Hybrid BCI" workshop serve as catalysts for collaboration, knowledge exchange and joint innovation activities of scientific, clinical and industrial partners.

Stay tuned for future HybridNeuro events, including forthcoming “Data management and Ethics in Research” and “Validation of results” webinars (autumn 2023) and “Brain connectivity and inverse modelling” workshop in Barcelona, Spain (February 2024).

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HybridNeuro project is coordinated by Prof. Aleš Holobar and has received funding from the Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Programme under GA No. 101079392.