UIU inaugurates first Brain Computer Interface (BCI) Research Lab in Bangladesh

The inauguration of the first Brain Computer Interface (BCI) Research Lab in Bangladesh was held on December 12 at the United International University (UIU) campus in Dhaka.

State Minister of ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP was present as the chief guest of the ceremony. N M Zeaul Alam PAA, Senior Secretary of ICT Division, Dr. Bikarna Kumar Ghosh, Managing Director, Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority, and Moinuddin Hasan Rashid, Chairman & Managing Director, United Group were present as the special guests in the ceremony. The welcome speech was delivered by Prof. Dr. M Rezwan Khan, Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Research, UIU. UIU VC Prof. Dr. Chowdhury Mofizur Rahman presided over the inaugural ceremony.

The chief guest said, "It is a timely demand to establish a BCI research lab for enhancing research capacity to build our strength and help to improve quality of life of people through 4IR technologies".

This BCI Research Lab in Advanced Intelligent Multidisciplinary Systems Lab (AIMS Lab) at UIU was established with funding from the Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority (BHTPA). The lab will play a very effective role in enhancing the research and development capacity in the fields of human computer interface, brain machine interface, and biomedical and rehabilitation engineering in Bangladesh. The BCI lab also ensures opportunities for neural engineering research and its applications in Bangladesh. The successful execution of research works in this lab will creates new knowledge and interventions for impacting human lives with opportunities for commercialization in Bangladesh for the first time.

Faculty members, officials, academicians, medical specialists, government officials, researchers and other distinguished guests from various universities and institutions in Bangladesh were present in the inaugural ceremony.