2020 IEEE Brain Data Bank Challenge – Final Round


The 2020 IEEE Brain Data Bank Challenge has been targeted to expose, discuss, and accelerate on-going brain research from around the world.  Please see IEEE BDBC 2020 website for details on the events held in Taiwan, Boston, and Russia — with the finale in Silicon Valley.


The Taiwan BDBC Challenge was held on September 22, 2020

The Boston BCBD Challenge was held on November 5, 2020.

The Saint Petersburg BDBC Challenge was held on November 9, 2020 


Final Round: originally planned for Silicon Valley, will be hosted online, due to the pandemic
Date: December 5, 2020 9am – 1:30pm PDT

Registration: Here

Contacts: Joseph Wei (joseph.wei@ieee.org), Dr. Nan Chu (narisa.chu@ieee.org)


Final Round Challenge Agenda: 9:00 – 13:30 US Pacific Time (download agenda pdf)

9:00 – 9:15am       Introduction – IEEE Santa Clara Valley and local supporting chapters and BDBC: Joseph Wei, and Dr. Nan Chu

9:15 – 9:45am       Keynote: Neurotechnology for Aging Brain and funding opportunities from National Institute on Aging (NIA): Dr. Yuan Luo,                                             Program Director at NIA Division of Neuroscience (Abstract, slides)

9:45 – 12:00pm     Teams competing in the final competition

1. BDBC- Taiwan, Team MINE Professor Brain, National Central University, 
– Title: “Utilizing Deep Learning Model to Predict Brain Age for Alzheimer’s Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment Patients”  
2. BDBC- Boston, Team Pokemon Brain – University of Missouri-Kansas City, 
– Title: “Improving deep learning performance using transfer learning to Predict Early Stages of Alzheimer in ADNI dataset” 
3. BDBC- Saint Petersburg, Team i-Pavlovian, The I. P. Pavlov Institute of Physiology, Russian Academy of Sciences, 
– Title: “Identifying age and cognitive impairment based on EEG data” 
4. SPCN-2020, Team MTLNeuro, S.M. Kirov Military Medical Academy, Saint Petersburg, Russia; 
– Title: “Functional Connectivity of Neural Networks and Cognitive Status in Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease” 
5. SPCN-2020, Team Visual Physiology, National Academy Karayev Institute of Physiology, Azerbaijan 
– Title: “Neurophysiology Effects on Alzheimer’s Disease Rehabilitation by Safron and Curcuma Longa”
                                 Judges:   Joaquin Anguera – Univ. of California, San Francisco, USA
                                               Rhoda Au – Boston University, USA
                                               Seth Elkin-Frankston – Army Research, USA
                                               Yuan Luo – NIH, USA
                                               Vijaya Kolachalama, Boston University, USA

12:00 – 1:15pm       Panel: Codesigning with the End-user: An Emerging Neurotechnological Research Paradigm! (See title abstracts in agenda pdf)

Moderator:  Troy McDaniel, Arizona State University, USA. 
                  Justin Yerbury, University of Wollongong, Australia. Speech Title: Living with Motor Neurone Disease. 
                  Rebecca Monteleone, University of Toledo, OH, USA. Speech Title: Leveraging Experience as Expertise in Design
                  Katina Michael, ASU, USA & UoW, Australia. Speech Title: Empowering the End-User in the Development and Operation                            of Brain Implant Technologies: The Case for Co-Design

1:15 – 1:30pm      Announcements

– BDBC Finale Awards – Judge Panel Announcement

– Acknowledgment of Impactful Contribution to BDBC, 2017 – 2020

1:30pm                 Closure of BDBC-2020


IEEE BDBC 2020 Sponsors


Speakers: (download agenda and speaker bio pdf)

Dr. Yuan Luo (bio)Troy McDaniel Justin Yerbury (bio)Rebecca Monteleone (bio)Katina Michael (bio)


Joseph WeiNan ChuBruce HechtSeth Elkin-FrankstonSaraju Mohanty