Workshop on Brain-Machine Interfaces on Space applications
Following the recent release of the book "Brain-Machine Interfaces for Space Applications: Enhancing Astronaut Capabilities", published by Elsevier and edited by the ACT, a full-day workshop was organised at ESA-ESTEC on November 30 to present its main content to the Space community.
The use of Brain Machine Interfaces is becoming increasingly common in a variety of fields as a way to exploit human brain activity and enhance interactivity with our environment. In the framework of space missions, such technologies may help astronauts when performing complex tasks in space. Extended manoeuvrability or remote control of robotic arms are simple examples of the possibilities offered.
Aim & Programme of Workshop
The aim of the workshop is twofold. While attempting to make the space community get acquainted with the current general advances on Brain Machine Interfaces, a special emphasis will also be drawn on the specific applicability of this technology for missions in space.
The programme follows this dual perspective and is organised in two distinct, yet complementary, sessions:
- The morning will be specifically oriented on Brain Machine Interfaces in Space Environments, i.e. their usability and their interest for simplifying tasks under zero-gravity conditions. Alternative technologies currently developed at ESA that share this same goal will also be introduced.
- The afternoon will be devoted to other cutting-edges applications, currently developed for Earth-based environments, but which may be relevant in a near future within the space community.
Dates and location
30 November 2009, 9:30 am - 16:00 AM
Conference room Newton
ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands.
|Time||Speaker & Title|
|Morning Session: BMI Technologies in Space|
|09:30||Opening & Welcome by the Organising Committee (pdf)
Dario Izzo, Leopold Summerer, Eduardo M.Moraud (ESA-ACT)
|09:40||EEG and related experiments onboard the ISS: status and plans (pdf)
|10:00||Wearable Augmented Reality to help astronauts make sense of space (pdf)
|10:20||Fundamentals of Electroencephalography, Magneto- encephalography and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (pdf)
C. Babiloni, V. Pizzella, C. del Gratta, A. Ferretti and G. L. Romani (University of Foggia, University G. d'Annuncio and Hospital San Raffaele Cassino)
|10:40||Adaptive Changes of Rhythmic EEG Oscillations in Space: Implications for Brain-Machine Interface Applications (pdf)
G. Cheron , A. M. Cebolla, M. Petieau, A. Bengoetxea, E. Palmero-Soler, A. Leory, and B. Dan (U. de Mons-Hainaut and Universite Libre de Bruxelles)
|Coffe break 11:00 - 11:20|
|11:20||Validation of Brain Machine Interfaces During Parabolic Flight (pdf)
J. del R. Millán, P. W. Ferrez, and T. Seidl (EPFL, IDIAP Research Inst. and ESA-ACT)
|11:40||Introduction and Executive Presentations of the "Curiosity Cloning" Project (pdf-1) (pdf-2)
C. Ampatzis (ESA-ACT), A. Yazdani (EPFL), P. Wilkins (DCU)
|12:20||Presentation of the "Curiosity Cloning Project Demo" (Newton 2 during afternoon session)
C. Ampatzis and E. Martin Moraud (ESA-ACT), A. Yazdani and E. Touradj (EPFL), P. Wilkins, G. Healy and A. Smeaton (DCU)
|Lunch break 12:50-14:00|
|Afternoon Session: Earth-Based Cutting-Edge Applications|
|14:00||An Overview of BMIs (pdf)
Luca Rossini (University of Rome, ESA-ACT)
|14:20||Flexibility and Practicality: Graz Brain-Computer Interface Approach (pdf)
R. Scherer, G. R. Muller-Putz and G. Pfurtscheller (University of Washington and Graz University of Technology). Speaker: T. Solis-Escalante
|14:40||On the Use of Brain-Computer Interfaces Outside Scientific Laboratories: Toward an Application in Domotic Environments (pdf)
F. Babiloni, F. Cincotti, M. Marciani, S. Salinari, L. Astolfi, F. Aloise, F de Vico Fallani and D. Mattia (University of Rome "La Sapienza" and IRCCS Fondazione Santa Lucia)
|Coffee break 15:00-15:20|
|15:20||Brain-Computer Interface Research at the Wadsworth Centre: Developments in Noninvasive Communication and Control (pdf)
D. J. Krusienski and J. R. Wolpaw (University of North Florida)
The following papers related to the three studies have already been published:
- C. Bombardelli and J. Pelaez, “Ion Beam Shepherd for Contactless Space Debris Removal,” Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 916-920, May. 2011 (link).
The workshop is held at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), the ESA establishment in the Netherlands, in the Conference room Newton.
European Space Research and Technology Centre
2201 AZ Noordwijk
Tel: +31 71 565 6565
Fax: +31 71 565 6040
Badges will have to be prepared by the ESTEC security at the entrance gate. In order to speed up the process, we recommend bringing with you a copy of your passport or ID card on your arrival.
How to get to ESA/ESTEC
ESTEC is located at the southern tip of Noordwijk. A map is available here.
From Den Haag (The Hague): take the A4 (direction Amsterdam) and exit at "Leiden". Follow the N206 towards Katwijk and Haarlem. Take the exit "Katwijk Noord". From there follow signs to "ESTEC" (small white squares).
From Amsterdam: take the A4 (direction Den Haag-Rotterdam) then at the junction follow the A44. Take the exit "Noordwijk-Voorhout", continue to Noordwijk and from there, follow signs to "ESTEC".
From Leiden Centraal station, take the number 33 bus to Katwijk. The bus stops in front of the ESTEC entrance gate. Please note that this bus leaves twice an hour during peak periods and only once an hour during normal hours. Journey time is approx. 30 minutes.
From Schiphol airport, either take a taxi to ESTEC (30 min), or a train to Leiden (15 min) and then the number 32 bus (see train directions above) (30 min.). By rental car, follow the "By car" instructions as above from Amsterdam.
For the Hotel accommodation, we recommend to contact the ESTEC travel office:
2201 AZ Noordwijk
Tel: +31 71 565 8030
Fax: +31 71 565 5859