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Applied Neurotechnology Lab

The Applied Neurotechnology Lab was established as an interface between the University of Tübingen's Institute for Medical Psychology and Behavioural Neurobiology, the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, and the MEG-Centre

 

Our research focus is on the development and clinical application of brain-machine interface (BMI) systems and their combination with non-invasive brain stimulation techniques.  

Currently, the University of Tübingen investigates the use of BMI training in CNS disorders such as stroke, depression, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and chronic pain.

During the BMI training, the user receives continuous feedback about his actual brain activity in real-time and successively learns to increase brain activity associated with normal function. 

 

In this large endeavour, the Applied Neurotechnology Lab uses various sophisticated methods such as magneto- and electroencephalopgraphy (MEG/EEG), near-infrared-spectroscopy (NIRS), functional and structural brain imaging, neuronavigated brain stimulation (e.g. transcranial magnetic and electric stimulation, TMS/TES) and advanced mathematical approaches to study the brain's capacity for neuroplasticity and the mechanisms underlying normal brain function and brain recovery. 

 

The advantage of this kind of therapy is that it targets the very origin of many neurological and mental disorders: the neurochemical and electric alterations of brain physiology in specific brain regions or functional networks.

 

The Applied Neurotechnology Lab is funded by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), the Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), and the European Union (EU).

 

 

Involved facilitiesManagement

Institute for Medical Psychology and

Behavioural Neurobiology

Professor  Dr. Dr. h.c. Niels Birbaumer

Professor  Dr. Jan Born

Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Professor  Dr. Andreas J. Fallgatter
MEG-Center Professor  Dr. Christoph Braun (General Manager)

  

 
Dr. med. Surjo R. Soekadar

Surjo R. Soekadar, Dr. med.
Head of research group
Tel. +49 7071 29-82640
Fax +49 7071 29-82625

 

 

 
 
Mareike Vermehren

Mareike Vermehren
Project assistant
Tel. +49 7071 29-82624
Fax +49 7071 29-82625

 

 

 
 
Associated scientists and PhD students
 
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Matthias Witkowski, M.Sc.
PhD student
Tel. +49 7071 29-82623

 

 

 
 
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Marius Nann, M.Sc
PhD student
Tel. +49 7071 29-82623

 

 

 
 
Jürgen Mellinger

Jürgen Mellinger
Research associate
Tel. +49 7071 29-87750

 

 

 
 
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Bankim Chander, M.S.
PhD student
Tel. +49 7071 29-82623

 

 

 
 
Margherita Carboni

Margherita Carboni, B.Psy.Sc.
Università degli Studi di Pavia (03-12 2016)
Tel. +49 7071 29-82623

 

 

 
 
Shuka Shibusawa

Shuka Shibusawa, B.Eng.
Guest Student (8/2016-1/2017)
Graduate School of Science and Technology, Keio University, Japan

 

 

 
  
 

  
Alumni 
 
 
 
 
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Birgit Teufel 
Project assistance

 

  

 
 
Anne Ziel

Anne Ziel, M.Sc.
Research assistant (03-07 2016)
Tel. 07071/29-82623

 

 

  
 
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Marcos Fortunato de Barros Filhocand.med.
PhD student

 

 

 
  
 
ChiaraFioravanti

Chiara Fioravanti, PhD
Research Assistant (01-09 2016)

 

  

 
 
Lisa_Rieggervisual Mitarbeiter XXX

Lisa Riegger, M.Sc.
Research assistant (09-12 2015)

 

 

 
 
Riya Paulvisual Mitarbeiter XXX

Riya Paul, M.Eng.
Research assistant (03-10 2015)
BOSCH, Stuttgart

 

 

 
 
 
Verena Koppe

Verena Koppe, cand B.Sc.
Research assistant (04-09 2015)


 

 
 
 
 
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 Johanna WillburgerDr. med.

 
 

 

 
 
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Eliana García Cossio, M.Sc.
PhD student
Tel. 07071/29-8 26 23

 

 

 

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Eliana García CossioDr.
Dept. Cognitive Artificial Intelligence, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Nijmegen, Netherlands

 

 

 
 
ManuelAgostinivisual Mitarbeiter XXX

Manuel Agostini, Dr.
Schulpsychologische Beratungsstelle im Staatlichen 
Schulamt Albstadt

 

 

Manuel Agostini, Dr.
Schulpsychologische Beratungsstelle im Staatlichen Schulamt Albstadt 

 
 
 
FabricioBrasil

Fabrício Lima Brasil, Dr.
Instituto Internacional de Neurociências de Natal Edmond e Lily Safra
(IINN-ELS), Brasilien

 

 
 
Mössinger

Benedict Mössinger, B.Sc.
Master student of Neuroscience, Uni Bremen

 

 

 
 
PaulRodermund

Paul Rodermund, B.Sc.
Graduate School of Neural and Behavioral Sciences (02-04 2014):
Lab Rotation I
Project: Effects of frequency-tuned tACS on working memory performance

 

 

 
 
 
MarcoRüth

Marco RüthB.Sc.
Graduate School of Neural and Behavioral Sciences (09-11 2014):
Lab Rotation II

 

 
 

 

 Current funding and projects 
UKT fortüne  
BMBF BCI-live read more...
EU WAY
(Wearable interfaces for hAnd function recoverY)
read more...
EU BNCI Horizon 2020
(Brain/Neural-Computer Interaction)
read more...
EU AIDE Horizon 2020
(Adaptive Multimodal Interfaces to Assist Disabled People in Daily ActivitiEs)
read more...
DFG NIH-DFG Research Career Transition Awards read more...

 

Current publications

1. Soekadar SR, Witkowski M, Gómez C, Opisso E, Medina J, Cortese M, Cempini M, Carozza MC, Cohen LG, Birbaumer N, Vitiello N. Hybrid EEG/EOG-based brain/neural hand exoskeleton restores fully independent daily living activities after quadriplegia. Science Robotics 1, eaag3296 (2016).

 

2. Witkowski M, Garcia-Cossio E, Chander BS, Braun C, Birbaumer N, Robinson SE, Soekadar SR. Mapping entrained brain oscillations during transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS). Neuroimage 2016;140:89-98; doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.10.024.

 

3. Deecke L, Soekadar SR. Beyond the point of no return: Last-minute changes in human motor performance. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2016; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1604257113.

 

4. Garcia-Cossio E, Witkowski M, Robinson SE, Cohen LG, Birbaumer N, Soekadar SR. Simultaneous transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and whole-head magnetoencephalography (MEG): assessing the impact of tDCS on slow cortical magnetic fields. Neuroimage 2016;140:33-40; doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.09.068.

 

5. Liew S-L, Rana M, Cornelsen S, Fortunato de Barros Filho M, Birbaumer N, Sitaram R, Cohen LG, Soekadar SR. Improving Motor Corticothalamic Communication After Stroke Using Real-Time fMRI Connectivity-Based Neurofeedback. Neurorehabil Neural Repair 2016;30:671-675; doi: 10.1177/1545968315619699.

 

6. Soekadar, S.R., Birbaumer, N., Slutzky, M.W., Cohen, L.G. Brain-Machine Interfaces In Neurorehabilitation of Stroke. Neurobiol Dis. 2015;83:172-179; doi:10.1016/j.nbd.2014.11.025.


7. Soekadar, S.R., Witkowski, M., Birbaumer, N., Cohen, L.G. Enhancing hebbian learning to control oscillatory activity. Cereb Cortex 2014; doi:10.1093/cercor/bhu043.

8. Soekadar SR, Witkowski M, García Cossio E, Birbaumer N, Robinson SE, Cohen LG. In vivo assessment of human brain oscillations during application of transcranial electric currents. Nature Communications 2013;4.

 

 

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International Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Meeting 2016 Asilomar Conference Center
May 30th – June 3rd, 2016
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