Boston University and Chen Institute Joint Conference on the Neuroscience of the Everyday World

For information about the 2024 and future conferences, please navigate to https://neuroscienceeverydayworld.org/.

Information about the first conference in 2023 follows.

August 29th – 30th, 2023

At the first Neuroscience of the Everyday World conference, we are bringing together leaders in the fields of computer science, biomedical engineering, cognitive science, neurology, and clinical neuroscience to present state-of-the-art research, all focused on the study of continuous brain measurement in real-world activities. The presentations will all focus on innovative methodologies (e.g., fNIRS, EEG, BCI+real time feedback), different real-world contexts (e.g., measurements at home, in the clinic/hospital), and a range of healthy and disease states (e.g., dementia, stroke). 

The conference will be 1.5 days with 2 keynotes, 3 symposia and a poster session. The goal is to facilitate extensive discussion and brainstorming to accelerate the impact of these convergent activities. 

An FAQ is here.

Agenda

The detailed agenda with timing is here. A summary follows:

TUESDAY, AUGUST 29
Keynote: Joy Hirsch, “Wild-Type Neuroscience: Challenges, Progress, and Future Directions for Understanding the Brain in Real-Life ActionPresentation Video

Symposium 1: Innovations in technologies to continuously monitor the brain in the
real world.

Alexander von Lühmann, “fNIRS in the Everyday World” Presentation Video
Klaus Gramman, “Imaging natural cognition in the real worldPresentation Video
Andrew Duchowski, “Contextualizing the Everyday World through GazePresentation Video

Posters

Symposium 2: Monitoring the brain in healthy subjects
Allan Reiss, “Neuropsychiatric and Cognitive Neuroscience Applications” Allan Reiss Presentation Video
Ralph Adolphs, “Eyetracking in autism using webcams and smartphonesPresentation Video
Bettina Sorger, “fNIRS for Brain-based Interaction and Neurofeedback Learning in the Everyday WorldPresentation Video

Reception

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30
Keynote 2: Hasan Ayaz, “Neuroergonomics: Observing the “Brain at Work” in Everyday LifePresentation Video

Symposium 3: Monitoring the brain in clinical populations. Applications of
continuous brain monitoring in neurological disorders and development.

Lou Awad, “Brain-in-the-loop control of soft robotic exosuits for gait assistance in the everyday worldPresentation Video
Adam Woods, “Leveraging artificial intelligence, clinical trials and neuroimaging to precision dose transcranial direct current stimulationPresentation Video
Swathi Kiran, “Using fNIRS to understand everyday interactions and discourse in post-stroke individuals with aphasiaPresentation Video

Conference Summary Discussion

Location

The conference will be held at Boston University in  Room 101 of the Kilachand Life Sciences Building, 610 Commonwealth Avenue starting at 8am on Tuesday August 29 and end by 1pm on Wednesday August 30, 2023.

Registration

IN-PERSON SOLD OUT. But registration for VIRTUAL ATTENDANCE is still possible through our registration page here.

Submissions

The conference will have poster sessions for participants to present their research.

Poster boards can accommodate posters up to 4 feet high by 6 feet wide.  Presenters are recommended to use the standard sizes of 36”h x 48”w (A0 poster size) for their posters.

Please submit an abstract using this form here. An abstract template can be found here. Abstract submission deadline is July 15th, 6pm Eastern Time.

Trainee Travel Awards

There are travel awards to assist trainees in attending this conference. Trainees selected to receive a travel award will be asked to organize a conference summary report with the other awardees. The awards will cover economy airfare and two nights of hotel, up to $1000 for domestic travel and $1500 for international travel. Trainees should apply for the travel award when submitting an abstract and are encourage to apply by July 1. During submission, the trainee will be asked if they want to be considered for the travel award, their mentor’s name and email address, and the amount requested for the award. There is a fixed sum available and so minimizing the amount requested permits more awards to be made. Trainees should then have their mentor send a short email to the organizers at brainrec@bu.edu confirming the applicant is a trainee and briefly explaining the relevance of the workshop for the trainee and the relevance of the trainee’s poster for the workshop. Awards will be made on a rolling basis starting July 1.

Speakers

Keynotes

Joy Hirsch, PhD
Yale School of Medicine, USA

Wild-Type Neuroscience: Challenges, Progress, and Future Directions for Understanding the Brain in Real-Life Action

Hasan Ayaz, PhD
Drexel University, USA

Observing the “Brain at Work” in Everyday Life

Symposia Speakers

Ralph Adolphs, PhD
Caltech, USA

Eyetracking in autism using webcams and smartphones

Louis Awad, PhD
Boston University, USA

Brain-in-the-loop control of soft robotic exosuits for gait assistance in the everyday world

Andrew Duchowski, PhD
Clemson School of Computing, USA

Contextualizing the Everyday World through Gaze

Swathi Kiran, PhD
Boston University, USA

Using fNIRS to understand everyday interactions and discourse in post-stroke individuals with aphasia

Klaus Gramann, PhD
Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Imaging natural cognition in the real world

Allan Reiss, MD
Stanford University, USA

Neuropsychiatric and Cognitive Neuroscience Applications

Bettina Sorger, PhD
Maastricht University, Netherlands

fNIRS for Brain-based Interaction and Neurofeedback Learning in the Everyday World

Alexander von Lühmann, PhD, TU Berlin – BIFOLD, Germany

fNIRS in the Everyday World

Adam Woods, PhD
University of Florida, USA

Leveraging artificial intelligence, clinical trials and neuroimaging to precision dose transcranial direct current stimulation

 

Organizers

Conference organized by
David Boas, PhD | Swathi Kiran, PhD | Alexander von Lühmann, PhD and the Tianqiao & Chrissy Chen Institute

Co-organized by the BU Neurophotonics Center …

… the Center for Brain Recovery …

… and the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute

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