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Seit WiSe 2022/23


Brain-Computer Interfacing


Blankertz, Benjamin




Fakultät IV

Institut für Softwaretechnik und Theoretische Informatik

34355200 FG S-Professur Neurotechnologie

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MAR 4-3

Miklody, Daniel


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Learning Outcomes

Students know the essential concepts of Brain-Computer Interfacing (BCI). They are capable of applying methods of biomedical signal processing and single-trial classification to neural data. They can provide an interpretation of the outcome of their analysis in a statistical as well as in a neurophysiological manner. Moreover, they are aware of potential issues imposed by machine learning applications, e.g., due to biases in the database. Through the seminar, they have more profound knowledge about special topics of BCI research in data analysis of physiological signals. Regarding methodology, independent of subject specific content, the students - are able to research sources and evaluate them reflectively - are able to present scientific topics in front of an audience and to discuss them critically - know presentation techniques in order to present the content of a lecture as clearly and comprehensibly as possible - have the ability to elaborate subject content in written form according to scientific standards - are able to manage their time sensibly


IL: Approaches to Brain-Computer Interfacing (BCI); Event-related potentials (ERPs); Spatial filters; Multivariate analysis of brain signals; Single-trial classification of spatio-temporal features; Regularized discriminant analysis (RDA); The linear model (forward and backward) of EEG; Interpretation of spatial patterns and filters; Modulation of spontaneous brain rhythms; Event-related synchronization and desynchronization (ERS, ERD); Common spatial pattern (CSP) Analysis; Classification of spatio-spectral features; Signal decomposistion methods; Supervised and unsupervised methods of adaptation in the classification of EEG; Experimental design SE: Literature search, presentation techniques; Examplary topics: Neural correlates of attention in free viewing, Predictors of BCI Performance, Co-adaptive Systems, Control by Spatial Attention; Hybrid BCIs, Multimodal BCIs

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course NameTypeNumberCycleLanguageSWSVZ
Brain-Computer InterfacingIV3435 L 501WSNo information4
Current Topics in Brain-Computer InterfacingSEM3435 L 502WSNo information2

Workload and Credit Points

Brain-Computer Interfacing (IV):

Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
180.0h(~6 LP)
Preparing for written tests2.015.0h30.0h
Solving assignments10.06.0h60.0h

Current Topics in Brain-Computer Interfacing (SEM):

Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
90.0h(~3 LP)
Attendance, presentations, discussions10.01.5h15.0h
The Workload of the module sums up to 270.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 9 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

The integrated lecture (IL) consists of a lecture (mainly teacher-centered, with some period of group work) and assignments. The latter require independently solving programming exercises and working on complex tasks under guidance of a tutor. After an introduction to literature research, participants choose topics and presentation formats, e.g. talk, wiki articles, screencast video. For an early overview of the topic, each participant gives a one-minute presentation. After further familiarization with the topic, spotlight presentations (about 5 minutes) are given. Upon completion of the main presentation, participants will write comments on selected presentations by their peers. Seminar presentations are developed under the guidance of a supervisor.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

* Mandatory: programming skills in python; background in mathematics, in particular linear algebra and probability theory. * Helpful, but not obligatory: Basic knowledge in signal processing and machine learning.

Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

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Module completion



Type of exam

Portfolio examination

Type of portfolio examination

100 points per element



Test elements

Deliverable assessment: 10 Assignments15practical6h each
Examination: 2 written tests60writtenjeweils 60 min
Deliverable assessment: Presentations in the seminar25flexible30 min or 8 pages

Grading scale

Test description (Module completion)

The grade is determined according to § 47 (2) AllgStuPO with the grading system 2 of faculty IV. * Exercises: Concurrent to the lecture, there will be a tutorial in which ten assignment sheets have to be solved. These are devoted to practical EEG analysis (programming). * Written exams: In the first half and in the second half of the lecture, there will be a written test of about 60 minutes. * Seminar presentation: Presentation of a research topic (various formats: orally with slides or written report or wiki articles or screencast video; options may differ from year to year);moreover: short presentations, contributions to discussion, commentaries

Duration of the Module

The following number of semesters is estimated for taking and completing the module:
1 Semester.

This module may be commenced in the following semesters:

Maximum Number of Participants

The maximum capacity of students is 25.

Registration Procedures

Registration is not required, but stating the interest to participate in the lecture is welcome for the planning of resources. * Either email to Sekr. MAR 4-3: Imke Weitkamp <imke.weitkamp@tu-berlin.de> * or register in the respective courses in the information system at https://isis.tu-berlin.de/

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

Lecture notes

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Electronical lecture notes

Availability:  available
Additional information:
Skripte in elektronischer Form werden jeweils nach der Vorlesung auf ISIS zur Verfügung gestellt.



Recommended literature
Blankertz B, Lemm S, Treder MS, Haufe S, Müller KR, Single-trial analysis and classification of ERP components - a tutorial, Neuroimage, 56:814-825, 2011.
Blankertz B, Tomioka R, Lemm S, Kawanabe M, Müller KR, Optimizing Spatial Filters for Robust EEG Single-Trial Analysis, IEEE Signal Process Mag, 25(1):41-56, 2008.
Dornhege G, R. Millán J d, Hinterberger T, McFarland D, Müller K (eds), Toward Brain-Computer Interfacing, MIT Press, 2007.
Parra LC, Spence CD, Gerson AD, Sajda P. Recipes for the Linear Analysis of EEG, Neuroimage, 28(2):326-341, 2005.

Assigned Degree Programs

This module is used in the following Degree Programs (new System):

Studiengang / StuPOStuPOsVerwendungenErste VerwendungLetzte Verwendung
Biomedizinische Technik (M. Sc.)11WiSe 2022/23WiSe 2022/23
Computer Engineering (M. Sc.)14WiSe 2022/23WiSe 2022/23
Computer Science (Informatik) (M. Sc.)12WiSe 2022/23WiSe 2022/23
Elektrotechnik (M. Sc.)13WiSe 2022/23WiSe 2022/23
Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen (M. Sc.)12WiSe 2022/23WiSe 2022/23


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