Developing Brain-Computer Interfaces for Art and Well-Being

Prerequisites: None required, but students with experience in one of the following areas are encouraged to join: cognitive science, computer programming for digital media, real-time digital music or video software.

Load: 9 A.M. - 12 P.M. on Jan. 9, 11, 13, 18, 20 (Five 3-hour sessions over two weeks)

Time Outside Class: 10+ hours in total for final group projects

Special Instructions: Bring laptops with Bluetooth connection. Would help to download the Max/MSP 30-day trial and try it out before class starts.

This project-based course will provide students with a basic understanding of neurofeedback and brain-computer interface systems using EEG (electroencephalography).  Lectures will cover the design of brain-computer interface (BCI) systems, an introduction to EEG sensing and analysis, design of real-time generative media feedback, and applications of BCI for healthy and physically or neurologically disabled users. Students from complementary disciplines will be assigned to groups of 3 for hands-on development projects working towards the creation of a new BCI concept. Projects will be completed using Max/MSP and Jitter using custom software frameworks developed for the class; hacking and contribution will be encouraged!