2016 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC2016)

May 26, 2017


Special Session on Standards
Sunday, October 9, 2016, 9:00 – 17:00

Click here for this announcement as a PDF and for the Proposed Program

The SMC 2016 provides an international forum for researchers and practitioners to report up-to-the-minute innovations and exchange ideas and advances in all aspects of systems science and engineering, human machine systems, and cybernetics.

During this session on BMI-related standards, organized by the IEEE Standards Association, the use of
neurotechnologies for invasive and non-invasive practices will be discussed. How this technology is implemented for surgery, Augmented Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR), or wearables, and how standardization of the technology is needed to support integration and help accelerate the translation of these devices to commercialization. This session is open to the attendants to IEEE SMC conference.

Topics to be discussed:

  • What is a BMI standard?
  • Should there be a separate set of standards for clinical and non-clinical applications?
  • What would a framework for standards on diverse topics, plus their interoperability look like?
  • What are the biggest challenges to using these technologies?
  • What are the highest priorities or the biggest challenges that can be addressed by standards?
  • What needs be addressed in the next 3 years?
  • Is there a need for standards on the reliability of these systems in terms of performance?
  • Should standards be set to protect from third-party access?
  • Is it the role of standards to define which information should or should not be stored? Or whether encryption/anonymization is required.

This session will be composed of short presentations and panels with different stakeholders from the private, academic, and regulatory sectors. Ample time has been reserved for discussions with contributions from the attendants, including breakout discussion sessions on standards gaps for clinical and non-clinical BMI applications. Plenary panels will take place on the Ballroom III. Breakout roundtables (14:30-16:00) will take place in the Ballroom III and Panorama I. The final session will take place in the room Panorama I

Contact persons: Bill Ash <w.ash@ieee.org>, Carole Carey <c.carey@ieee.org>, Ricardo Chavarriaga <ricardo.chavarriaga@epfl.ch>, Cherry Tom <c.tom@ieee.org>

The outcome of this workshop will be used to drive establishment of the standards committee on


Click here for this announcement as a PDF and for the Proposed Program


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