Workshop on Standards for Neurotechnologies and BMI

7th International Brain-Computer Interface Meeting

May 24th 2018: 13h15-16h15 Marlin Room
Asilomar Conference Grounds
Pacific Grove, CA, USA


  • 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:



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


Target Audience

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:

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 


Group discussions

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:

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.