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Towards neuroadaptive technology based passive brain‐computer interfaces (Passive BCIs)

Professor Thorsten O Zander will begin his discussion with the topic passive brain‐computer interfaces

  • 24 Jun 2021, 11.00am to 24 Jun 2021, 12.00pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • This is an online event.
  • This event is free

This event will be hosted on Zoom. You can access the webinar on the day by visiting and using the following details:

  • Zoom ID: 998 2525 6686
  • Zoom passcode: 699558

Event summary

Passive BCIs allow for the assessment of an operator’s cognitive or affective state in an ongoing human‐computer interaction, without increasing the operator’s task load. The ongoing interaction can then be improved by integrating an implicit information flow from their brain to the machine. The resulting Neuroadaptive Technology optimizes its own state and actions according to changes in the communicated aspects of its operators cognitive and affective state, to support the ongoing interaction. Neuroadaptation can be based on a task‐specific user model that collates mental responses of the user to the associated context. One tool to maintain and refine such a user model during an ongoing interaction is so‐called cognitive probing. I will speak about the development of the research field of Passive Brain‐Computer Interfaces in the last decade and provide an overview of highly‐relevant lab studies in the field of Neuroadaptive Technology and give examples of cognitive probing.

Speaker biography

Thorsten O Zander is Group Leader at TU Berlin, Visiting Professor at the Higher School for Economics in Moscow, and the founder of Zander Laboratories, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His research interests include using neurophysiological signals to decode the cognitive or affective state of humans interacting with technology. By developing novel Brain-Computer interfaces (BCIs), his groups aim to automatically assess information about the users’ state to augment and automatically adapt human-computer interaction.

He is considered to be a pioneer in the field of passive BCIs, which he defined in 2008, and he is the co-founder and co-leader of the Society for Neuroadaptive Technology. Furthermore, he is affiliated with the Leibnitz Institute Knowledge Research Center and the Excellence Cluster LEAD Graduate School in Tübingen as well as the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, University of California San Diego. Thorsten is member of Microsoft’s Technical Leadership Advisory Board (TLAB) on BCI and Artificial Intelligence.

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