IEEE Brain Data Bank Challenge 2017
Brain Signal – Visualization & Analytics

Call for Participation

- Are you crazy to read someone's brain by looking at his EEG data?

- What appear as the brain data when someone has electrodes attached to her skull?

- Investigate and use your creativity to challenge
the neurotechnology state-of-the-art means that are behind digital signal processing of any EEG data!

You can ask many questions or you can engage your energy in this 2-day challenge to tackle:

  • What would the brain wave of a game player look like?
  • How could you tell if a stroke patient recovers his memory?
  • How concentrated is a student in the classroom learning?
  • How reliable are the electrode measurements?
  • How do you read, normalize and correlate the EEG data?
  • How sensitive are the EEG data regarding time, space, age, gender, and culture/education factors?
  • What can you infer from static or dynamic brain signal images?
  • How can one make the brain data universally accessible? or can the brain data be universally applicable?
  • What are the essential attributes that might be overlooked in these datasets?

    You can ask many questions or you can engage your energy in this 2-day challenge to tackle:


    Registration Open: Space limited, first-come first-serve.


    Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.


Terabytes of brain EEG data are available through open source, collected from tests associated with human cognitive capability, stroke patient recovery, class learning ability, and other social environments, over a wide range of demographics. Some also play with stimulus such as audio, music, video, lights and digital games.
The IEEE Brain Initiative sponsors 4 competitions world-wide in 2017 to explore various brain EEG datasets. The first Challenge will start from St. Petersburg, as part of the SPCN 2017 program.

Awards and Prestige for Presentation at the SPCN 2017 will be bestowed to the top winners in this Challenge.

The prize is sponsored by DNK Corporation.
DNK Corporation is the largest system integrator in the field of broadcasting and media technologies (

The prize will be presented by Eldar Kalmykov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of DNK Corporation.


  • Individual or Team (each up to 5 persons), no age limitation
  • Maximum participants: 100 individuals/20 teams
  • IEEE members will be given priority.

Note: Sign-up with Team Name, Team Project Title, Leader’s name, and start planning and progressing. Project abstract and full team roster should be furnished soon after registration, but no later than 1 week prior to the Challenge. Late sign-up will be allowed if space is still available; however, with no guaranteed assistance from the Challenge organizers.


To educate Brain Signal System Technology

To assess usability of current brain signal databases

To facilitate Brain Signal Data Formatting Standardization

To explore Big Data Analytics, AI, Deep Learning for user-centric brain signal databank



Dates & Places


  • St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television
    Pravda Street, 13
    ул. Правды, 13



  • Pavlov's Institute of Physiology
    Makarova emb. 6
    Институт Физиологии им. И. П. Павлова
    наб. Макарова, д. 6



You can ask your questions over e-mail [email protected]

1 When does the BDB Challenge start?
It starts the minute you register until 26 June, 2017, at the State University of Film and Television in St. Petersburg when you attend in person.
2When does the BDB Challenge end?
It ends when your presentation is due, on June 27, 2017.
3 Can I use brain datasets other than those listed on the website?
Yes, you can and please state it clearly in your final presentation. However, if you would like to use the UCSF dataset as listed, please send an email request to [email protected] to obtain access.
4 Can I raise and address my own questions other than those listed on the website?
Yes, you are not limited to the questions posted. Please describe your own objectives and scope in your final presentation.
5When do I have to complete my registration form (final Title, Ideas, Objectives, Team Members, etc.)
17:00, 19 June, 2017, for orderly processing by the St. Petersburg BDB Organizing Team, although we accept last minute registration at 10:00, 26 June, 2017 on site. It is recommended that you register and complete the registration form as early as possible to get a head start.
6If I attend the Challenge via Internet only (not present at the SPCN Symposium in St. Petersburg), what are the rewards and restrictions?
Rewards: (a) Certificate of Participation from IEEE Brain Initiative upon you request. (b) Comments of your presentation file by the Judge Panel. (c) On email list of IEEE Brain Initiative NeuroTech Forum to receive future announcements and advancements about NeuroTech. Restrictions: (a) No access to Tutorial, Presentation, and Keynote at the SPCN. No Certificates of IEEE Continuing Education Units (CEU) or Prize. No food and networking opportunities with colleagues at the SPCN. (b) Deadline of your Presentation File will be 17:00, St. Petersburg Time, 26 June, 2017. (c) No guaranteed assistance from the St. Petersburg BDB Organizing Team.
7Can individual Lab plug in EEG results be used in this Challenge?
Yes, any private EEG datasets can be used. But it has to be made open so that the judges and other contestants can validate the dataset and assess assumptions associated with the data capture.
8 Can other signals be used in conjunction with EEG data? For example, EEG and camera signal...
Yes, EEG data together with the camera signal, or ECG, EMG, EOG, etc., can all be intertwined. But one has to clarify EEG signal strength versus others to make sure EEG effects stand out with respect to other signals.
9What is the presentation required of judging?
The final presentation will be in terms of PowerPoint files or any demonstrations. A simple template for PowerPoint presentation: 1. Why is your project? 2. What have you done? 3. What have you not done? 4. Conclusion about brain data visualization and analytics Each team has no more than 10 minutes of presentation time and no more than 5 minutes of Q&A, depending on how many teams all together for a total of 90 minutes on the agenda of the 2nd day.
10How is the presentation be judged?
Based on categories listed below, a score of 1 (poor) ~ 5 (excellent) will be tallied (max. 30 points) as a tool to assist the Judge Panel determining the final winner. Selection criteria of the brain signal datasets Clarity of analysis Methodology Interpretation of brain signal data Significance of findings Delivery of findings and recommendations.
11 Can chimpanzee's brain dataset be used?
Animal datasets can be used. But you have to prove its link to human brain data. The event is focused on human brain data bank, not fundamental neuroscience.
12Can Visualization of the brain dataset be qualified as a project?
Yes, efforts for visualization and display of any brain dataset will be welcome. In fact, one of the goals of the BDB Challenge is to identify attributes, metadata, graphics tools that can organize and recognize brain data more effectively.
13 Can we have description of the UCSF dataset?
Yes, the 1st reference listed on the website describes the dataset in detail. We will post the article on the website and email a copy to you upon request. A hard disk of the entire dataset and the article (~ 100 GB) will be sent from USA to Pavlov Institute and/or St. Petersburg State University before June 26. Contact the local organizers for access.
14Schedule of entry, should we start on June 26?
You should start your project as soon as possible. This event is not limited by the starting time. It is judged based on your results. You will be competing with those who have spent a good effort prior to the Challenge date. In fact, we would like to allow more time for you to get prepared so that good results could be demonstrated. Stay tuned for any preparation schedule relaxation.
15If we use our private data, would it jeopardize our publication privilege later on?
You should remove privacy information from your dataset. Your dataset should become open for presentation and discussion purposes during the BDB Challenge. Your results should be published based on its own merit and your work. If you are selected as a winner, you will be invited to publish your full paper in reputable IEEE transactions and conferences. The BDB Challenge will allow you opportunities to further improve and refine your work, to increase your future publication acceptance. Since your results will be presented in PowerPoint slides for no more than 10 minute speech, your full paper can easily be differentiated with less than 30% overlapping material (rules of plagiarism.)



Yuri Shelepin

[email protected]

Head of the Laboratory of Physiology of Vision of Pavlov Institute of Physiology Russian Academy of Sciences

Elena Yakimova

[email protected]

Research fellow of the Laboratory of Physiology of Vision of Pavlov Institute of Physiology Russian Academy of Sciences

Konstantin Glasman

[email protected]

St.Petersburg State University of Film & Television, IEEE.TV Advisory Committee

Narisa Chu

[email protected]

CE Soc Representative to IEEE Brain Initiative & Sensors Council

Shelepin Eugene

[email protected]

Head of Neuroiconic-Neuromechanics Co. Ltd. Research fellow of the Laboratory of Physiology of Vision of Pavlov Institute of Physiology RAS

Sin Kuen Hawkins

[email protected]

Project Manager, IEEE Brain Initiative




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