REKNEW team members teach students at OHSU Saturday Academy

Betts Peters Saturday Academy

REKNEW team members Brandon Eddy and Betts Peters gave a presentation to Saturday Academy students attending a Medical Camp for grades 6-8. The session included brief overviews of speech-language pathology, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and brain-computer interface (BCI). Students had the opportunity to try using AAC devices with head and eye tracking, and to observe a BCI typing session. We hope to have inspired some future clinicians or engineers to explore the field of assistive technology!

REKNEW team presents at 2018 International BCI Society Meeting

The seventh International BCI Society Meeting took place on May 21-25, 2018 in Pacific Grove, California. The purpose of the conference is to review the state of the science, address key issues critical to further progress, and promote the education and participation of young researchers. The conference was well attended by over 400 guests including research scientists, clinicians, software developers, engineers, industry representatives, students, and more.

BCI Team at Asilomar 2018
Team members attending included: (front row, L to R) Bruce Wojciechowski, Shiran Dudy, Tab Memmott, Paula Gonzalez, Yeganeh Marghi, Betts Peters, Brandon Eddy and (back row, L to R) Melanie Fried-Oken, Murat Akcakaya, Deniz Erdogmus, Barry Oken, Steven Bedrick, Michelle Kinsella

The REKNEW Lab was well represented at the conference, providing several poster presentations and a three-hour workshop presentation.

Click the links below to access PDF images of the REKNEW team's poster presentations. Abstracts will be available soon on the BCI Society website. Our team's presentations included:

Icons are not equal: Considerations for use of icons in BCI system

A Revised Sensory/cognitive/communication Screen for Use with Communication BCI Study Participants

BciPy: A Python Framework for Brain-Computer Interface Research

Trends inBCIMeetingAbstracts on Research Participant Categories and Descriptions between 1999 and 2013

Michelle Kinsella presenting "Eye Tracking, Vision, and BCI"

A workshop entitled "Eye Tracking, Vision, and BCI" was collaboratively presented by members of our team (including Michelle Kinsella, pictured left) as well as Dr. Bruce Wojciechowski, Dr. Deniz Erdogmus, and Dr. Boyla Mainsah. 

Steven Bedrick and Shiran Dudy presented a workshop entitled "Natural Language Processing &BCI". Natural Language Processing (NLP) is the computational analysis of spoken or written language, and is an important part of many Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems. The workshop covered a wide range of topics, including tutorials on language modeling and vocabulary personalization, discussion of icon-based typing systems, and considerations around user privacy. It was workshop was attended by more than twenty people from five countries, with participants from industry, academia, and government.

Melanie Fried-Oken awarded ASHA fellowship and outstanding researcher of the year award

Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken ASHA Fellow 2018

Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken recently became a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). This honor is given to members of this national organization who are recognized for their leadership and scientific contributions to the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Melanie was awarded this honor at the 2017 ASHA Convention, which was held in Los Angeles, CA. This same year, Melanie received the Outstanding Researcher of the Year award from the Oregon Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She acknowledges the commitment, integrity and input of the REKNEW team for adding evidence to the field of AAC. She states that she could not have received these awards without their collaboration.