Workshop on Affective Brain-Computer Interfaces
ABCI 2009
(held in conjunction with ACII 2009 *)
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
September 9, 2009
(*) ACII: International Conference on Affective Computation and Intelligent Interaction Print this page

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This workshop will explore the advantages and limitations of using neurophysiological signals as a modality for the automatic recognition of affective and cognitive states, and the possibilities of using this information about the user state in innovative and adaptive applications.

Theme of the workshop

Recent research in brain-computer interfaces (BCI) shows that brain activity can be used as an active/voluntary, or passive/involuntary control modality in man-machine interaction. While active BCI paradigms have received a lot of attention in recent years, research on passive approaches to BCI still desperately needs concerted activity.

However, it has been shown more than once that brain activations can carry information about the affective and cognitive state of a subject, and that the interaction between humans and machines can be aided by the recognition of those user states.

To achieve robust passive BCIs, efforts from applied and basic sciences have to be combined. On the one hand, applied fields such as affective computing aim at the development of applications that adapt to changes in the user states and thereby enrich the interaction, leading to a more natural and effective usability. On the other hand, basic research in neuroscience advances our understanding of the neural processes associated with emotions. Furthermore, similar advancements are being made for more cognitive mental states, for example, attention, fatigue, and work load, which strongly interact with affective states.


  • emotion elicitation and data collection for affective BCI
  • detection of affect and mental state via BCI and other modalities
  • adaptive interfaces and affective BCI

Goal of the workshop

The goal of this workshop is to bring researchers from the communities of brain computer interfacing, affective computing, neuroergonomics, affective and cognitive neuroscience together to present state-of-the-art progress and visions on the various overlaps between those disciplines.

Venue of the workshop

The workshop will be held in the Keizerzaal at De Rode Hoed, address Keizersgracht 102. Directions and a map can be found here.

The workshop is held in conjunction with the International Conference on Affective Computation and Intelligent Interaction - ACII '09.