Workshop on Standards for Neurotechnologies and BMI
- We are making a survey on the topic of standards for BMI and Neurotechnology. Your opinion is of great importance to gather the point of view of all stakeholders: https://goo.gl/forms/kUAihLfO98H3mJHB2
The field of Brain-Machine Interfacing (BMI) is going through a very exciting period where the state-of-the-art in research is currently being tested on its intended end-users. This translation from research prototypes to viable clinical or consumer solutions entails multiple challenges. Furthermore, the possibility of deploying and commercializing BMI-based solutions requires researchers, manufacturers, and regulatory agencies to ensure these devices comply with well-defined criteria on their safety and effectiveness. In consequence, there is an increased interest on development of appropriate standards for BMI systems. Definition of suitable standards and their adoption by different stakeholders is crucial to leverage the potential of these techniques into tangible societal benefits. This workshop will generate awareness of these aspects and provide a space to discuss about strategies to promote suitable standards.
Such endeavor is not trivial and requires all stakeholders to join efforts to identify priority areas that require standardization, and to devise incentives for adopting these standards early on at the development process. This workshop aims at discussing these topics and identify important elements to consider for proper standardization of both clinical and consumer applications.
This activity is technically sponsored by the IEEE Industry connections group on neurotechnologies and the IEEE Brain Initiative. We intend to generate a clear picture of current challenges for standardization of neurotechnologies and possible strategies to overcome them. Discussions during the workshop will be considered in a white paper on the topic that is currently in preparation by the IEEE IC group on Neurotechnologies.
Organizer and speakers
- Ricardo Chavarriaga, CNBI, Center for Neuroprosthetics, EPFL, Geneva, Switzerland
- Walter Besio, University of Rhode Island, USA
- Carole Carey, IEEE EMBS Standards Committee, USA
- José Contreras-Vidal, U. Houston, USA
- Tim Mullen, Intheon, USA
- Ander Ramos-Murguialday, Tecnalia, Univertity of Tübingen, Germany
The workshop is aimed at both novice and experienced researchers on BMI, as well as researchers in cognitive neuroscience and psychology. Participants are kindly asked to provide us by mail a short description (1 paragraph or slide) about their research and up to 3 major points they consider a priority topic for standardisation. In addition, we have prepared a short survey on the topic of standards for BMI and Neurotechnology. This information will be helpful to trigger discussions during the workshop: https://goo.gl/forms/kUAihLfO98H3mJHB2
The workshop is planned to allow active participation from attendants, not only on the identification of possible areas for standardisation but also working on the initial steps of standards development.
13h15-13h20 Welcome and introduction, R. Chavarriaga
13h20-13h35 Standards and regulation for non-invasive EEG: From research to products, W. Besio
13h35-13h50 Standards on data representation and interoperability, T. Mullen
13h50-14h05 BCI benchmarks and metrics for assistive and rehabilitation technologies, A. Ramos-Murguialday
14h05-14h20 Standards for rehabilitation robotics and exoskeletons, J. Contreras.-Vidal
14h20-14h30 Next steps for standardized neural technologies. Chair: R. Chavarriaga
14h30-14h45 Coffee break
14h45-15h00 How standards are developed, C. Carey
15h00-15h45 Group discussions: Drafting new standards for neurotechnologies
15h45-16h05 Group presentations: proposals for new standardized neural technologies. Chair: C. Carey
16h05-16h15 Closing remarks. R. Chavarriaga
The second half of the workshop will be devoted to hands-on work on the development of standards for neurotechnologies. Attendants will be divided into five groups with one speaker as facilitator. Each group will select one priority topic for standardization and, based on their own experience and discussions during the workshop, will draft a document stating the reasoning of developing that standard and how it is intended to be developed. Preparation of such document (Project Authorization Request, PAR) is the first step in developing a standard through the IEEE Standards Association. This process will be explained by one of the speakers. Some examples of successful standard PARs are provided below:
- P2673 – Standard for Patient Digital Biomedical Data Files with 3D Topological Mapping of Macroanatomy and Microanatomy for Use in Big Data and Augmented Intelligence Systems
- P1752 – Standard for Mobile Health Data
- P2721 – Standard for Wireless Health Device Security Assurance
- P2725.1 Standard for Microwave Structural, Vascular or Functional Medical Imaging Device Safety
- P2730 – Standard for Classification, Terminologies, and Definitions of Medical Robots
- P11073-10428 Health Informatics – Personal Health Device Communication – Device Specialization – Electronic Stethoscope
This activity aims at providing attendants the opportunity about discussing real strategies for developing new standards while getting acquainted with the actual process of standardization. We expect this activity to motivate the audience to get actively involved in this area after the event.
- R. Chavarriaga, C. Carey, C. Tom, B. Ash On the Need of Standards for Brain-Machine Interface Systems. BrainInsight, IEEE Brain Initiative newsletter, 2017
- Understanding How Technical Standards are Made & Maintained – IEEE Innovation at Work
- IEEE Standards association – Overview: What are standards?