Computer Science

CS Colloquium Speaker: Marvin Andujar from the University of Florida

Colloquium Speaker Marvin Andujar from the University of Florida

Host: Nina Amenta

When: Tuesday, May 3rd at 3:10pm
Where: 1131 Kemper Hall

Title: Brain-Computer Interfaces: The New Frontier

Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) research has traditionally focused in the medical field. Research has concentrated on the development of clinical applications as an assistive technology for people with disabilities. In recent years, there has been an increase of interest in the adaptation of BCI methodologies in the field of Computing. This interest is based on the advancement of the understanding of the human brain by Neuroscientists and Computational Neuroscientists and the vast release of wireless non-invasive wearables BCI devices. BCI research in Computing concentrates in the use of BCI devices for machine control and the understanding human’s emotional state neurophysiologically. Therefore, this presentation provides an overview of the latest research trends of BCI in the computing field. This includes the possibilities of tracking the affective and cognitive state of a user through a neurophysiological device for automotive and Human-Robot Interaction. Lastly, this talk will provide insights in the advancement of Brain-Robot Interaction, specifically on Brain-Drone Control.

Marvin Andujar ( is a fourth year Ph.D. student in Human-Centered Computing and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (NSFGRF) at the University of Florida. Marvin is also a GEM Fellow, a Generation Google Scholar, and an Intel Scholar. His research concentration is on Affective Brain-Computer Interfaces, where he focuses on the understanding of the user’s affective and cognitive state during human-machine interaction and/or while they perform real world tasks. His dissertation is based on the measurement of the user’s engagement levels and cognitive workload from a Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) for self-quantification towards self-learning.

Marvin is the graduate student leader and founder of the BCI Research Group in the Human-Experience Research Lab ( in the Computer & Information Science & Engineering department at University of Florida. He manages projects like the understanding of gamer’s aggression, Brain-Robot Control, and the measurement of engagement in the education domain. He has been inducted to the Alpha Epsilon Lambda Graduate Students Honor Society (top 1% of the top 35% graduate students). Recently, he got inducted to the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society; they select the top Engineer students in the school.

In summer 2013, he did an internship with Intel in Santa Clara, California. During his internship experience he worked on detecting cognitive workload with a BCI and the amount of time a drive would look off-the-road with an eye tracker. His automotive cognitive engineering work was showcased in several media partners such as: BBC News, Engadget, CNET, PC World, and others. In summer of 2015, he did his second internship with Intel in which he worked in the user experience features and strategies for the future of Intel mobile devices. During his second internship, he was granted the opportunity to have a meeting with the Intel CEO and a senior Vice-President to discuss his BCI research. The outcome of the meeting granted him funds of a total of $300,000 dollars to fund his dissertation and other projects. Lastly, he is one of the creators of the Brain-Drone Race, which has reached more then 550 in less than a week.

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