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From Brain Science to Intelligent Machines

Research Dinner - Prize Winners

At the recent University Research Dinner, there were a number of prizes awarded to current and recently completed research students at the ISRC. The prizes were as follow,

Best Poster Prize

Computer Science Research Institute – Niall McCarroll

Best Literature Review

Computer Science Research Institute – Mr Haider Raza

(supervised by Professor Girijesh Prasad and Dr Yuhua Li)


Faculty Thesis Prize

Computer Science Research Institute - Dr Snaider Carrillo

Thesis title:  Scalable hierarchical networks-on-chip architecture for brain-inspired computing

(supervised by Dr Jim Harkin and Professor Liam McDaid)





Mind-controlled video game offers hope for trauma patients

image001NeurOlympics, a video game controlled by the player's thoughts, is being developed by University of Ulster scientists who hope to release it next year.

The game, NeurOlympics, has been developed by Dr Damien Coyle and colleagues at the Intelligent Systems Research Centre as a means of helping patients who are unable to move or speak to communicate with doctors and their family.

Players control the image of a neuron, or nerve cell in the brain, and gain points by moving left or right to intercept bright blue electrical signals passing along different networks. Doing so helps train them to accurately and consistently send messages to the computer using their mind.

"The reason we use games is that they keep people motivated and attentive," Damien Coyle explained. "You don't want to be thinking of a game as an onorous task, it needs to be fun and a challenge. The main aim is to get to a level of accuracy that you could use the signal to do something useful. If people reach a certain level of accuracy over multiple training sessions, we will perhaps be able to provide a basic communication channel, but that takes training."

Computational neuroimaging work highlighted in the Irish Medical news

Computational Neuroscience Reseach Team member Dr. Min Jing and colleagues (including collaborators from TCIN), presented at the BioPhotonics and Imaging (BioPIC) Conference 2013, was also highlighted in the Irish Medical news.  irishmedicalnews cover biopics2013

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Intelligent Systems Summit 2013 a huge success

The recent Intelligent Systems Summit and Science Festival Held at the City Hotel and "The Venue" in Derry/Londonderry on the 11th and 12th of June was deemed to be a resounding success by the head of business development at the ISRC, Peter Devine. The Summit featured world-renowned experts in cyber security, robotics, brain science, capital markets and energy ISRC DSC 1928efficiency as keynote speakers, while the Science Festival showcased some of the current ISRC research projects over a two-day science festival hosted by the ISRC in association with The Sunday Business Post. For a full report on both the Summit and Science Festival please click here ...

To view a gallery of images from the Summit and Science Festival please click here ...

BCI Group features in top 30 Projects of new report

The Brain Computer Interface (BCI) research group is featured in the recently released Parliamentary Report on R&D in Assistive Technology published by the Department of Health. The report is authored by the Foundation for Assistive Technology (FAST) and contains a comprehensive review of the projects undertaken across the UK between April 2011 and March 2012 that aim to develop innovative technologies to support older and disabled people to maximise their independence.