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Fri, 21 Jan 2011 12:58:48 -0600
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Call for Papers - Special Issue of Ergonomics


Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) and Ergonomics


You are cordially invited to make a contribution to a special issue of
(, entitled
"Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) and Ergonomics." The primary goal of this
special issue is to explore human factors and ergonomics issues involved in
designing, developing, evaluating and implementing brain-computer interface

(BCI) systems for users with and without severe motor disabilities by

including contributions from researchers in different disciplines.   


As a valuable augmentative communication system, BCI has recently gained
considerable research interest, especially for those who have lost all
voluntary muscle control. BCI applications should allow for increased
independence and hence, improved quality of life for people with severe
neuromuscular disorders. However, there has been a general lack of
understanding of, or inattention to, ergonomics/human factors issues such as
interface design, usability, inclusive design, user-BCI interaction, etc.

Further improvements to BCI systems are necessary to ensure that they can
meet the needs of specific user groups. 


We are seeking theoretical, methodological, and particularly empirical
papers dealing with different topics that include, but are not limited to:


(1)   Empirical evaluation of BCIs in applications with target users;

(2)   Effectiveness of a theory or framework for designing, developing,

and testing the usability of BCI systems in real-world contexts, or
empirical evaluations of such tests;

(3)   Evaluation of improved user interfaces for established BCI systems

(e.g., integration of word prediction in spelling applications, innovative
spelling systems, adaptive user interfaces, etc.) to provide theoretical
and/or practical implications for inclusive design;

(4)   Effective integration of BCI communication or control functions with

other behaviors (e.g., muscle-, eye-, speech-based) with empirical
evaluation of target users; 

(5)   New applications for BCI control (robotics, wheelchairs, assistive

technology software or hardware) with empirical evaluation of those with or
without severe motor disabilities.


Please note that this special issue does NOT accept research papers that
investigate only technical issues, such as algorithms, signal processing
techniques, etc. Empirical studies involving human subjects with or without
severe motor disabilities that explore human factors and ergonomics issues
in relation to BCI research and development, will be received for



.     Submission of a Letter of Intent (no more than 500 words) to the Guest
Editor: February 15, 2011 

.     Invitation for Full Paper Submission: February 22, 2011 

.     Deadline for Full Paper Submission: May 30, 2011

.     Notification of 1st review outcome: July 31, 2011

.     First Revision Due: September 15, 2011

.     Notification of 2nd review outcome: November 15, 2011

.     Camera-ready Papers due: January 15, 2012

.     Expected publication: Early 2012 or mid 2012



Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to, indicating a special-issue submission.
Please direct any inquiries, including the suitability of the work, to the
Special-Issue Guest Editor: Chang S. Nam, University of Arkansas,
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