Semaphore Teams Up with the Centre for Responsible Brainwave Technologies

By Amy Ratelle on Apr 3rd, 2014

Semaphore is pleased to announce that they will be the local academic partner for the Centre for Responsible Brainwave Technologies (CeReB). A not-for-profit, non-partisan body dedicated to providing ongoing research and guidance regarding best practices in the field of consumer brainwave technology, CeReB seeks to link experts in a wide range of disciplines including industry, computing science, engineering, cognitive and neuropsychology, information and neuro-ethics, and brain-machine interfaces.

This partnership is a unique opportunity to engage in a research agenda centred on ethical research in neuroscience. “Organizations such as CeReB are providing proactive leadership in a rapidly evolving segment of the human computer interaction, and their research, ethics and educational objectives are complementary with Semaphore’s mandate of Inclusive Design – the potential applications for thought-controlled devices are endless,” said Rhonda McEwen, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Associate Director of Semaphore. “We’re very excited to be involved in this programme of research,” concluded McEwen. “Although consumer oriented EEG applications are still in early stages, we feel that it’s critically important to help foster the establishment of clear ethical guidelines for the development of this technology, especially as these begin to be delivered within mass-market consumer devices and applications,” said Dirk Rodenburg, PhD candidate at the Faculty of Information and author of the CeReB white paper on ethics and brainwave technology.

CeReB’s white paper and mandate have been well received by other organizations and researchers engaged in developing and utilizing consumer oriented EEG technologies. “We’re very interested in actively participating in and promoting the dialogue and processes required to establish guidelines and standards for these types of brain computer interfaces,” said Ariel Garten, CEO of InteraXon, the Toronto based developer of the MUSE brain sensing headband and a member of the CeReB Board of Directors. “We encourage all industry, research, policy and consumer communities with an interest in consumer oriented EEG to join us in helping define and evolve these as the technology moves rapidly forward.”