Format and Goals

The goal of this retreat is to discuss the future of BCIs with a focus on industrial applications and end users. The BNCI Horizon 2020 consortium will present ideas and concepts for the roadmap, and participants will have the opportunity to provide input, feedback, and comments through keynote talks, targeted discussions, and workshops.

To help you prepare for the retreat, please study the six BCI application scenarios described in our BCI Basics article. We will be splitting up in parallel focus sessions dedicated to each of these scenarios. Please choose one scenario for each parallel session block which interests you most (see below for the agenda).


The BNCI Horizon 2020 Retreat is set for 24–26 March 2014 in Hallstatt, Austria, which lies in the heart of the UNESCO world heritage region Hallstatt-Dachstein Salzkammergut. The closest airport is Salzburg Airport. From there, we recommend that you book a seat on the SMS airport shuttle service.

We will meet in the congress center, which is close to the center of the town.



First nameLast nameAffiliation
Pedram Afshar Medtronic
Tetiana Aksenova CHU Grenoble
Brendan Allison Old Dominion University
Günther Bauernfeind Graz University of Technology
Benjamin Blankertz Berlin Institute of Technology
Maria Laura Blefari École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Andrea Bottin OT Bioelettronica
Clemens Brunner Graz  University of Technology
Febo Cincotti Fondazione Santa Lucia
Damien Coyle University of Ulster
Anna de Pobes Institut Guttmann
Maarten de Vos University of Oldenburg
Mick Donegan SpecialEffect
Doron Friedman Sammy Ofer School of Communications
Gangadhar Garipelli MindMaze
Lucian Gheorghe Nissan
Ivan Gligorijevic mBrainTrain
Bernhard Graimann Otto Bock
Sebastian Grissmann Eberhard Karls University Tübingen
Christoph Guger g.tec Guger Technologies
Boris Hänßler Freelance Journalist
Rob Hartman TMSi
Erwin Hartsuiker Mind Media
Abdelmadjid Hihi CEA-LETI Clinattec
Johannes Höhne Berlin Institute of Technology
Gert Kristo University Medical Center Utrecht
Pieter Kubben Maastricht University Medical Center
Andrea Kübler University of Würzburg
Robert Leeb École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Peter Levene Docobo
Donatella Mattia Fondazione Santa Lucia
Corinne Mestais CEA-LETI Clinatec
Klaus Miesenberger AAATE
José del R. Millán École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Felip Miralles Barcelona Digital
Gernot Müller-Putz Graz University of Technology
Anton Nijholt University of Twente
Eloy Opisso Institut Guttmann
Rupert Ortner g.tec Guger Technologies
Begonya Otal Barcelona Digital
Jan Peuscher TMSi
Floriana Pichiorri Fondazione Santa Lucia
Lou Pino InteraXon
Mannes Poel University of Twente
Nick Ramsey University Medical Center Utrecht
Gal Raz Souraski Medical Center Tel Aviv
Ruben Real University of Würzburg
Boris Reuderink University of Twente
Rüdiger Rupp Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg
Patric Salomon enablingMNT
Francesca Schettini Fondazione Santa Lucia
Peter Schönknecht Medel
Jordi Serra Neuroscience Technologies
David Steyrl Graz University of Technology
Gabriel T. Velloso Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Michael Tangermann University of Freiburg
Luca Tonin University of Padua
Jan van Erp TNO
Mariska van Steensel University Medical Center Utrecht
Sandra Veser Eberhard Karls University Tübingen
Aleksandra Vuckovic University of Glasgow
Bin Xia Eberhard Karls University Tübingen


Monday, March 24, 2014

12:30–13:30 Lunch
13:30–14:00 Welcome address, Introduction, Goals, Expectations (TUG)
14:00–14:30 WP 2 – Research (UMCU)
14:30–15:00 WP 3 – Industry (BDIGITAL)
15:00–15:30 WP 4 – End users (FSL)
15:30–15:45 Coffee break
15:45–16:30 Roadmap structure and visions (TUG)
16:30–17:00 Post-mortem assessment of Future BNCI (UT)
17:00–18:30 Parallel focus sessions (Replace, Restore, Enhance)
19:30–22:00 Dinner (Hotel Heritage)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

09:00–10:30 Parallel focus sessions (Improve, Supplement, Research Tool)
10:30–10:45 Coffee break
10:45–12:30 Discussion on and consolidation of outcome of parallel focus sessions (eMNT)
12:30–13:30 Lunch
13:30–14:00 Session Leaders and WP Leaders meeting
14:00–15:00 Summary of WP Leaders and Discussion (TUG)
15:00–15:30 BCI Society (UMCU)
15:30–17:00 Guided tour through Hallstatt
19:00–22:00 Dinner (Hotel Grüner Baum)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

09:00–10:45 Comments of the Advisory Board
10:45–11:00 Coffee break
11:00–12:30 Wrap-up discussion, future steps (TUG)
12:30–13:30 Lunch


We have allocated a number of rooms in four hotels. The Heritage Hotel Hallstatt (single room € 79/night) and the Hotel Grüner Baum (single room € 60/night) are luxorious **** and *** hotels, respectively. The Bräugasthof (single room ranging from € 55/night to € 75/nightand the Gasthof Simony (double room € 105/night) are traditional historic buildings (each building is over 500 years old) that offer a charming atmosphere in the heart of Hallstatt. Breakfast is included in all four hotels. To get our special rates, please mention "BNCI Horizon 2020" in your reservation.

Company Questionnaire

If you represent a company, we would like to ask you to fill out our questionnaire. With your contribution, you can influence the direction of the roadmap, and we will provide you with exclusive early access to parts of our roadmap. In addition, we will optionally add your company logo to our company list to make you more visible. In any case, we would like to thank you in advance for taking your time to fill out the questionnaire.