Topics in Brain Computer Interfaces
Computational and Mathematical Foundations
Spring 2005 CS 295-7, Wednesday 3:00-5:20, CIT 506

Professor: Michael J. Black     TA: Frank Wood


Donoghue, Nurmikko, Friehs, and Black, Development of Neuromotor Prostheses. Now on radiator outside CIT 521.

Michael will be away all of next week hence his office hours on 2/3 and 2/4 are cancelled.

We have reached our enrollment limit.  If you are not pre-registered and want to take the class please send your name to Frank and we will put you on a waiting list.  If you are pre-registered and you decide that you do not want to take the class, please let us know ASAP so that we can allow in people from the waiting list.

Lecture slides are on the syllabus page.

New BAM article on "Braingate" and Cyberkinetics.

Welcome to cs295-7. Check the syllabus often. As of the first class it has already changed! Monitor the newsgroup brown.cs.cs295-7 for last minute updates and to collaborate with your classmates.

Short Course Description

While human computer interaction has changed little since the introduction of windows, icons, and pointing devices, early work on new direct brain-computer interfaces is underway in a number of laboratories. This course will present some of the basic mathematics, neuroscience, and computational methods necessary to begin work in this emerging field. Statistical learning, Bayesian inference, dimensionality reduction, and information theory among other topics will be presented in the context of brain interfaces based on neural implants and EEG recordings. Novel interfaces, computational issues, and ethical considerations will also be addressed.

Basic knowledge of linear algebra, probability, statistics, (e.g. CS155, AM0040, AM165, AM169, or AM264).
Office Hours and Contact information

Michael Black, CIT 521, black at cs and you know the rest,
    Office Hours:  Thursdays 2:00-3:00pm, Fridays 1:00-2:00pm.

Frank Wood, CIT 357, fwood at cs and you know the rest,
    Office Hours: Mondays 4:00-6:00pm

More Information
Syllabus. (subject to change).
Organization and goals.
Background reading.
Grading and assignments.
Course Materials.
Collaboration policy.
BCI in the News.
Technology Review Article on CKI BCI
Israeli group working on neural prostheses
With Tiny Brain Implants, Just Thinking May Make It So, NYTimes April 2004.

John Donoghue - Discover Magazine Innovation Award


Wired article on bionic vision.

BBC News on Professor Cyborg.

Could bionic eye end blindness.

Bionics: It's not science fiction anymore.

Brown Alumni Magazine article on Brown's neural prosthetic project.

Stephan Hawking says "humans must develop an interface that allows the human brain to be directly connected to a computer." CNN, Sept 5, 2001.