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Tomasz M.Rutkowski

Assistant Professor, University of Tsukuba
    Tomasz M. Rutkowski received his M.Sc. in Electronics and Ph.D. in Telecommunications and Acoustics from Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland, in 1994 and 2002, respectively. He received a postdoctoral training at the Multimedia Laboratory, Kyoto University, and in 2005-2010 he worked as a research scientist at RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan. Currently he serves as an assistant professor at the University of Tsukuba and as a visiting scientist at RIKEN Brain Science Institute. Professor Rutkowski’s research interests include computational neuroscience, especially brain-computer interfacing technologies, computational modeling of brain processes, neurobiological signal and information processing, multimedia interfaces and interactive technology design. He received The Annual BCI Research Award 2014 for the best brain-computer interface project. He is a senior member of IEEE, a member of the Society for Neuroscience, and the Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association (APSIPA) where he serves as BioSiPS Technical Committee Chairman. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Fractal Physiology and serves as a reviewer for “IEEE TNNLS, IEEE TSMC – Part B, Cognitive Neurodynamics, and the Journal of Neural Engineering, PLOS One, etc.

Title: 
     Recent Advances in Neurotechnology Applications Using Brainwaves for Thought-based Communication  
 
Abstract:
 
        State—of—the—art stimulus—driven brain-neural computer interface (BNCI) paradigms rely on visual, auditory or somato sensory (tactile or haptic) modalities. Recently multimodal approaches have been proposed to offer alternative ways to deliver sensory stimulation inputs which could be crucial for patients suffering from degenerative disease or for healthy users in need for alternative communication channels. Already several techniques have been developed to connect the BNCI to a traditional visual, auditory or tactile interfaces or to utilize those interfaces as stimulation sources. The talk will present recent developments and discuss pros and cons of the traditional and the newly developed airborne ultrasonic tactile display (AUTD) approaches. On the other hand a more traditional vibrotactile stimulation brings also a possibility to create a bone-conduction-auditory sensory effect in case of the head area transducers application. This concept, creates a new possibility for the users with hearing problems to enjoy BNCI communication advantages. It brings a very interesting possibility to deliver multimodal stimuli (somatosensory and auditory combined) for locked—in users with a very fast information transfer rate. The talk will review the recent hot BNCI developments allowing for direct brain—machine interaction requiring only the intentional thought control. Future possible applications of neurotechnology—based devices will be also presented. The new BNCI paradigms call for creation also of the novel data driven signal processing and machine learning methods which will be summarized and discussed at the end of the talk. 
 

 


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