Meet the Expert

The World‘s Leading Scholars Brought to Cologne

Meet the Expert is a workshop-based seminar series which brings the world’s leading scientists of their field to Cologne and allows participants to discuss the expert’s findings and work at length and personally in an exclusive workshop environment. It is open to scientists, young researchers and students from all disciplines.


Meet the Expert VI

Prof. Judy Illes, Ph.D. (University of British Columbia)

Brain-Computer Interface Research

Ethical Responsibilities in Studying and Reporting on Experimental Advances


The development of brain-computer interfaces (BCI) is an increasingly popular area of research that resides at the intersection of neuroscience and engineering. As this transdisciplinary field progresses into research with human subjects, it also raises novel ethical questions about the purpose, meaning, and implications of computational interventions into the human brain. At an even more basic level, ethical progress in this field depends on a solid understanding and implementation of informed consent. In this seminar, we have discussed evidence of, and possible responses to, the absence of attention to informed consent, rationales and critical reflection on ethical issues in BCI research.

Intensive workshop environment

Invited scholars chair an exclusive three-hour seminar, allowing students and young researchers to engage in a face-to-face encounter with the invited expert. The participants are given insights into scientific materials and will discuss the expert’s findings and publications in a small and intensive workshop environment. To ensure an in-depth exchange, participant numbers are limited and allocated on the basis of a short motivational letter.

Date
March 28th, 2017

Time
10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

Location
ceres Lecture room
Universitätsstr. 91
50931 Köln


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