The future of our species at the CCCB and Brain Polyphony

New technologies constantly appear on our life. Who could have imagined that the competence of a classical music ‘tape’ and its accompanying radiocassette would have been integrated in our telephones? Or that human communication through long distances would depend on satellite swarms floating around earth? Communications, transport and health are clear examples of what aspects […]

8 reasons why affective computing should be multimodal and include EEG

Recently my colleagues Javier Acedo and Marta Castellano posted about ExperienceLab, Neurokai’s platform for characterizing the emotional response of users, and its very last presentation in an art exhibition discussing technology-driven evolution of humans. As you might already know ExperienceLab gathers data of a user when perceiving an external stimulus and associates an arousal and […]

Can Pollutants affect our Physiological Rhythms?

In all cities, the air we breathe contains emissions from motor vehicles, industry, heating and commercial sources which have sometimes travelled long distances from sources located far afield. Ambient air pollution is the major environmental contributor to the global burden of the disease, contributing to an estimated 4.7 million deaths per year worldwide. Air pollutants […]

From the lab to the Market: The experience lab

The path from lab research to the market is a tough one. Nearly all funding research calls ask you to report on your exploitation plans, so you need to figure out how the outcomes of your research could go to the market. The truth is that it is not always possible to materialize your findings on an actual product or service.   Here […]

Solving BCI bottlenecks for medical applications

Medical BCI-based applications are still limited. Neuroelectrics is addressing most critical issues so that they can be effectively adopted in clinical settings or in users’ homes. Carabalona et al. (2009) discussed several points that need to be considered when designing, selecting and using a BCI system for neurorehabilitation purposes. In particular, they emphasized the importance […]

Out-of-Body-Experiences and Neurosciences

“The easiest path is not always the best” Lobsang Rampa, The Third Eye  Ever since I read when I was a teenager Lobsang Rampa’s The Third Eye, I have been fascinated with astral traveling, or as modern science calls it, Out-of-Body Experiences (OBE). In the last years, OBE have been studied from a neuro-scientific point […]

Can cortical networks be used to analyse EEG signals?

Broadly speaking, when we talk about analysing EEG signals, we are talking about how to use those time-varying signals to classify clinical conditions, behavioural events or predict responses (is the person awake or not? is this person going to develop Parkinson?). As such, learning temporal dependencies in those time series and predicting or classifying events […]

SONAR – BRAINPOLYPHONY

Since its first edition in 1994 Sonar Festival is definitely one of the electronic music festivals you cannot miss. For its sixth consecutive year in Barcelona, Sonar+D organized its famous hackathon along with the Music Technology Group of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Sonar Music Hack Day (MHD) is a hacking session in which participants will […]

Moving Neuroscience out of the lab

Recently in Starlab we conducted some recordings out of the lab. We equipped some volunteers with a bunch of EEG, ECG and GSR sensors along with a GoPro cam so we could capture electro-physiological signals as well as volunteers’ point of view during the whole experiment. The idea was to record people while visiting an […]