Synchronizing brains, minds and machines

A Sino-German Symposium on Brain-Machine Systems

Within the 2nd IEEE International Conference on Human-Machine Systems

Time: 9. September 2021
Location: Magdeburg, Germany (online via zoom)

About the Symposium Call for Papers Keynote Speakers Organizers Submit here

About the future of neuro-enhancement and –rehabilitation with neuromodulation using neurotechnology

The IEEE International Conference on Human-Machine Systems (ICHMS) is the annual meeting of the IEEE Human-Machine Systems community which includes researchers and practitioners to promote fundamental contributions in the field of human-machine systems.

Our special Sino-German Symposium “Brain-Machine Systems” emphasizes the interactions between the brain and nervous system with external machine systems. For example, a brain-computer interface controls the exoskeleton to help stroke or spinal cord injury patient's movement rehabilitation. But the opposite is also possible, namely that scientists use external sources (electric current- or magnetic stimulation) to modulate the brain states and their functional connectivity networks with their respective neurophysiological synchronization states. Current applications include non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) to improve cognition in normal subjects, depression, or low vision and blindness. Other examples are deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of Parkinson's Disease, depression, or epilepsy. In sum, brain-machine interactions are a novel “non-drug” approach to modulate normal human brain functions, and this has multiple medical applications for the diagnosis and treatment of ophthalmological, neurological, and psychiatric diseases. Undoubtedly, brain-machine technology opens up new horizons for neuro-enhancement and to uncover untapped potentials of the brain with opportunities to significantly improve patients' quality of life and help to provide insight into the study of the human mind. So what will the next decade bring us? We invite contributions in the field of innovative neurotechnologies to discuss current developments and future directions. The theme of this year's special symposium is:

Synchronizing brains, minds and machines

The symposium provides a platform for Chinese and German academic researchers to present their latest progress of brain-computer interaction, brain stimulation, brain-inspired intelligence, neurorehabilitation, and AI in neuroscience, to facilitate scientific advancements and academic exchange between the two countries. The conference is open to everyone, irrespective of country.

Call for papers

The symposium includes invited keynote talks and Poster papers (3 pages, IEEE format) which ideally should show work in progress or applications/demos that could be best presented in an interactive discussion with the audience. The talks will highlight, but not be limited to, the following topics:

  • Brain-computer interface
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Non-invasive brain stimulation
  • Brain-inspired intelligence
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • AI in neuroscience

Formatting Instructions

Complete manuscripts must be electronically submitted through the conference website using EasyChair by May 31, 2021. Poster (3pp) papers in IEEE two-column format, including figures, tables, and references. Please use the templates at Manuscript Templates for IEEE Conference Proceedings to prepare your paper. All submissions must be in PDF format. All accepted papers are expected to be included in IEEE Xplore and indexed by EI.

Proceedings and Post-Conference Publications

Accepted papers of the symposium will be published in Conference Proceedings in IEEE Xplore. In addition, the conference will offer to publish extended versions of selected papers in special issues, e.g. the IEEE Transactions on Human Machine Systems. Another publication opportunity is provided by the IEEE Book Series on HMS where edited or authored books on specific topics of the HMS conference will be published. Further details will be announced during the conference.

Important dates

  • Deadline Poster and Paper submission: May 31, 2021
  • Acceptance notification: June 28, 2021
  • Registration for accepted papers: July 5, 2021
  • Final papers due: July 12, 2021


Prof. Dr. Bernhard A. Sabel

Network-thinking of the brain

Director of Institute for Medical Psychology, Medical Faculty
Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg

Prof. Dr. Andrea Antal

Brain stimulation in clinical practice

Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, University Medical Center Göttingen

Prof. Dr. Ulf Ziemann

Real-time EEG-TMS for brain-state dependent stimulation

Medical Director of the Department of Neurology, University Hospital and Medical Faculty Tübingen

Prof. Dr. Surjo R. Soekadar


Head of research divison Translation and Neurotechnology, Head of research group Clinical Neurotechnology
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Prof. Luming Li


Director of the National Engineering Laboratory of Neuromodulation Technology
Tsinghua University, China

Prof. Jia Liu

Principles that govern the topographic organization of human visual cortex

Chief Scientist of Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence,Tsinghua University, China

Prof. Huiguang He

Is Deep Learning Brain-like? Using fMRI to reconstruct Images.

Institute of Automation, Brain-Inspired Intelligence
Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASIA)

Prof. Shouyan Wang

Towards precicely modulating the brain actitivities

Institute of Science and Technology of Bain Inspired Intelligence
Fudan University, China

Prof. Xiaojian Li


Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology
Chinese Academy of Sciences


Local young scientist organizers

Jiahua Xu (University of Magdeburg)
Felix Putze (University of Bremen)
Ningfei Li (Charité – University Medicine Berlin)
Zheng Wu (University of Magdeburg)
Ying Gao (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Axel Boese (INKA-Lab Magdeburg)
Alfredo Illanes (INKA-Lab Magdeburg)
Fengxue Qi (Beijing Sport University)
Shenghong He (University of Oxford)
Ren Xu (G.tec Austria)
Jingwen Qiao (Fudan University)

Program Committee

Prof. Dr. Bernhard A. Sabel

Director of Institute for Medical Psychology, Medical Faculty
Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg

Prof. Dr. Andreas Nürnberger

Institute of Technical and Business Information Systems
Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg

Prof. Michael Friebe, PhD

INKA-Application Driven Research
Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg

Supporting Organizations