Mobile Brain / Body Imaging (MoBI) is a new imaging modality, employing mobile brain imaging methods like the electroencephalogram (EEG) or near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) synchronized to motion capture and other data streams to investigate brain activity while participants actively move in and interact with their environment. Mobile Brain / Body Imaging allows to investigate brain dynamics accompanying more natural cognitive and affective processes as it allows the human to interact with the environment without restriction regarding physical movement. Overcoming the movement restrictions of established imaging modalities like functional magnetic resonance tomography (MRI), MoBI can provide new insights into the human brain function in mobile participants. This imaging approach will lead to new insights into the brain functions underlying active behavior and the impact of behavior on brain dynamics and vice versa, it can be used for the development of more robust human-machine interfaces as well as state assessment in mobile humans. At our lab we make use of state-of-the-art virtual reality headsets to mirror realistic task scenarios in a controlled experimental environment.




MoBI Award 2018

The Brain Products MoBI Award is an annual award recognizing excellence in the field of Mobile Brain/Body Imaging research. It was presented for the first time at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the SPR (Society for Psychophysiological Research) in Vienna, Austria (October 11th – 15th, 2017). Find out more about prizes and how to submit for the MoBI Award 2018 by clicking the image below, or follow this link to open an external page with more information on the Award.




Arthur Kramer

Arthur Kramer

Professor of Psychology & Engineering, Northeastern University

Diane Damiano

Diane Damiano

Chief of Functional & Applied Biomechanics NIH

Scott Makeig

Scott Makeig

Director Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience


Swissotel main room
Swissotel main room
Swissotel break room
PanAm Lounge
Swissotel main room
Swissotel main room
Swissotel main room
Swissotel break room
PanAm Lounge
Swissotel main room

To be announced soon!

09:00 - 09:15
Welcome Note / Introduction

Welcome and Introduction by Klaus Gramann TU Berlin

Klaus Gramann
09:30 - 11:30
Session I: MoBI Hardware & Software
Session Chair: Guy Cheron 

This session will provide overviews on newest developments in MoBI Hardware and MoBI Software including mobile unobtrusive EEG, sensor developments and multi-modal data synchronization and analyses approaches.

Alejandro Ojeda
'SimBCI: An open-source tool for developing brain-computer interfaces'
Chin-Teng Lin
'Brain Computer Interface (BCI) for Driving Cognition'
Paola Pinti
'Neuroimaging in the real-world with novel wearable and mobile fNIRS devices'
Tzyy-Ping Jung
'Developing a Multi-modal Bio-Sensing and Activity Tagging Platform for MoBI Research'
Stefan Debener
'Developing portable, mobile, and transparent EEG'
Tim Mullen
'Talk title TBA'
11:30 - 12:30
Vendor Demonstrations

(MoBI Hardware / Mobile unobtrusive sensors)

12:30 - 13:30
Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:30
Session II: Cognition and Motor Function
Session Chair: John Iversen

This session will provides insight into latest developments in the cognitive neuroscience of embodiment, spatial cognition, visual attention, natural face recognition as well as the brain dynamics underlying motor function.

Agnieszka Wykowska
'What can humanoid robots tell us about mechanisms of human cognition'
Peter König
'Talk Title TBA'
Simon Ladouce
'Neural markers of attentional processing and allocation of cognitive resources in dynamic real-world environments'
Janna Protzak
'Age-related differences in brain dynamics of visual perception during walking'
John Foxe
"Talk Title TBA"
Klaus Gramann
'Embodied Brain Dynamics of Spatial Cognition'
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee / Tea Break
16:00 - 18:00
Session III: Gait- and Gait Rehabilitation
Session Chair: Jose L. Contreras-Vidal

The session ‘Gait- and Gait Rehabilitation’ focuses on the brain dynamics underlying natural and pathological gait. How can MoBI be used to overcome gait impairments in rehabilitation settings and what does it tell us about the basic supraspinal control of this core motor function.

Fiorenzo Artoni
'Reliable ICA and synchronization of brain and muscle activity for MoBI paradigms'
Pierfillipo de Sanctis
'Mobile Brain/Body Imaging of Dual-Task Walking in Aging'
Helen J. Huang
'EEG correlates of perturbation-driven adaptation in recumbent stepping'
Martin Seeber
'Gait-related cortical dynamics from the EEG source imaging perspective'
Julia Kline
'Wearable technology for enhanced insight during mobile neuroimaging'
Dan Ferris
Talk Title TBA
18:15 - 19:30
Keynote: “Mobile Brain/Body Imaging for investigating disordered motor control in children with cerebral palsy”

Diane Damiano

Diane Damiano
'MoBI for investigating disordered motor control in children with cerebral palsy'
08:00 - 12:00
Poster Presentations

Poster Presentations with Discussion / Interaction (posters remain installed throughout the conference, dependent on number of submission in one or two sessions)

Potentially visit to the Berlin mobile Brain/Body Imaging Lab (BeMoBIL) with parallel Poster Sessions; Interested small break-out groups will be guided from conference venue to lab with demos of the BeMoBIL.

10:00 - 12:00
WiseMotion Masterclass

WiseMotion is a concept which improves embodied cognition, self-awareness and collective understanding through dance and neuroscience. It is a series of masterclasses based on guided improvisation, neuroscientific explanation of the experience, and group conversation. In a WiseMotion masterclass, experience and knowledge come together and deepen understanding by utilizing the wisdom of both approaches. On the masterclass of the MoBI conference, we explore creative movement and neuroscience under the topic “Embodied Collaboration”.

Hanna Poikonen
'What if the brain was inside a violin? From musician's to dancer's expression'
12:00 - 13:30
Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:00
Brain Products MoBI Award 2018

Three researchers will be awarded and first awardee can present in a short talk of 10 minutes the main idea of the rewarded project/paper.

14:00 - 16:00
Session IV: Neuroarchitecture, Performing Arts & Dance
Session Chair: Scott Makeig

The session covers advances in MoBI in neuroarchitecture, the arts, dance and neuroscience research in the museum landscape.

Pepe Contreras-Vidal
'Automatic MoBI feature extraction and visualization in visual art production'
Eduardo Macagno
'Neuroscience and Architecture: What do we measure, and what does it mean?'
Sha Xin Wei
'Rhythm and the Embodied Sense of Space'
Guido Orgs
'Joint action aesthetics in live dance performance'
Hanna Poikonen
'What if the brain was inside a violin? From musician's to dancer's expression'
John Iversen
'Rhythms in Music and Brain'
16:00 - 16:30
Coffee / Tea Break
16:30 - 18:00
Session V: Sports- and Movement Sciences
Session Chair: Dan Ferris

The 5th session provides an overview on the latest progress in Mobile Brain/Body Imaging approaches in sports and movement sciences.

Hirokazu Tanaka
'Directional tuning and reference frames in human pointing'
Angus Hunter
'Neuromuscular control in clinical and athletic populations: science of past and future'
Guy Cheron
'Neural generators and brain states in real-world tightrope walking'
Andreas Mierau
'The neural underpinnings of superior kicking performance in skilled soccer players'
18:00 - 19:00
Keynote: “Exercise your Brain and Mind”

Arthur Kramer

Arthur Kramer
Exercise your Brain and Mind
19:00 - 00:00
Social Event (including Dinner)
08:00 - 10:00
Poster Presentation

Poster Presentations with Discussion / Interaction (posters remain installed throughout the conference, dependent on number of submission in one or two sessions)

Potentially visit to the Berlin mobile Brain/Body Imaging Lab (BeMoBIL) with parallel Poster Sessions; Interested small break-out groups will be guided from conference venue to lab with demos of the BeMoBIL.

10:00 - 12:00
Session VI: Therapeutic Interventions
Session Chair: N.N.

The session comprises presentations on the use of Mobile Brain/Body Imaging and movement analyses approaches in therapeutic interventions. How can these methods help to understand and improve therapeutic interventions and how do intervention using MoBI and movement science  help us better understanding the interaction of the human body, brain and mind in relationship to pathologies.

Juliet King
'A Revitalized Synthesis: Art Therapy, Neuroscience and Mobile Brain/Body Imaging'
Girija Kaimal
'How does art therapy work? Identifying clinical processes and ways to measure change'
Tal Shafir
'Talk Title TBA'
Grainne McLoughlin
'Talk Title TBA'
Stephanie Scott
'Talk Title TBA'
Conny Kranczioch
'Mobile EEG for neurofeedback training at home in chronic stroke'
12:00 - 13:30
Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:30
Session VII: Neuroergonomics
Session Chair: Klaus Gramann

The session gives new insights into the latest developments of MoBI in neuroergonomics. Presentation will provide insights into brain dynamics in realistic working environments, the use of EEG for neuroadaptive technologies and general Brain-Computer and Human-Machine Interfaces in realistic settings.

Edmund Wascher
'Assessing mental states in real life workplace scenarios'
Lewis Chuang
'How looming sounds capture and sustain our visual attention during steering'
Christer Ahlström
'Using EEG to study brain dynamics in car driving'
Hasan Ayaz
Observing the Brain-on-Task using Functional Optical Brain Imaging
Elsa Kirchner
'Exoskeleton-supported stroke rehabilitation using embedded brain reading'
Thorsten Zander
'Passive Brain-Computer Interfaces for Neuroadaptive Technology'
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee / Tea Break
16:00 - 17:00
EJN Keynote: “Mobile Brain/Body Imaging – Past, Present, Future”

European Journal of Neuroscience Keynote by Scott Makeig

17:00 - 18:00
Closing Session

Closing Session:

Open panel discussion in which selected presenters discuss open questions with participants

Defining goals and developing plan for implementation of MoBI principles/technologies into different application areas, discussion of future MoBI conferences, finding host for 2020, 2022

Select date to see events.

Location Information


Conference Venue

Swissotel Berlin:


In the heart of West Berlin, right by Kurfuerstendamm in the midst of world-class shopping and close to the central business district, Swissotel Berlin combines traditional Swiss hospitality with heartfelt service. The public transport network offers excellent connections to the entire city: the main train station is only three stops away and both the exhibition centre and the two international airports can be reached quickly. It is the ideal starting point to explore the numerous surrounding galleries, museums and sights, such as the nearby Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche anti-war memorial, the impressive KaDeWe department store and the Tiergarten Park.

Please notice: Rooms with special rate (single 109€, double 129€) are blocked in the Swissôtel (conference venue) until May 31st 2018. More information can be found in the confirmation of your congress registration.


Social Event

Pan Am Lounge:


Welcome back to the lap of luxury at the legendary Pan Am Lounge—back to blue skies ahead in the very heart of West Berlin. Established in 1966 by the world’s most experienced airline, our renowned 10th floor penthouse is where it’s at for chartering jet-set galas and elevated receptions. The pristinely kept original furnishings and interiors that distinguish our first class lounge are celestially equipped to carry up to 200 passengers. Our entire flight-crew remains at the ready to ensure the bliss of all on board. Elegant buffets and American-style BBQs amidst heavenly cityscape views will enchant your guests as they are safely transported into a realm of playful, timeless optimism. From take off until landing, your delicate plans are in the best of hands at the Pan Am Lounge, so ease in and enjoy the ride while reaching for the stars.