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Dr. Ricardo Chavarriaga

Dr. Ricardo Chavarriaga

Dr. Ricardo Chavarriaga

ZHAW School of Engineering
Responsible AI Innovation Group
Technikumstrasse 71
8400 Winterthur

+41 (0) 58 934 47 59

Work at ZHAW



Education and Continuing education

Expertise and research interests

Brain-machine interfacing, Artificial Intelligence, AI Governance, Scientific diplomacy, Neurotechnologies, Responsible innovation


  • Chair, Industry Connections Group Neurotechnologies for Brain Machine Interface
    IEEE Standards Association
    04 / 2017 - today
  • Polymath Fellow
    Polymath Fellow
    04 / 2019 - today
  • Co-leader, Focus Topic: Responsible AI
    Innosuisse - Innovation Booster Databooster
    01 / 2023 - today
  • Research Scientist, Lecturer
    01 / 2009 - 08 / 2019
  • Research Scientist
    Idiap research Institute, Switzerland
    01 / 2006 - 12 / 2008


  • PhD / Computer Science - Computational Neuroscience
    08 / 2001 - 12 / 2005
  • Graduate School / Computer Science
    09 / 2000 - 07 / 2001
  • BSc / Electronics Engineering
    Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Cali, Colombia
    07 / 1991 - 03 / 1998

Continuing Education

  • EPFL, Switzerland
    Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Management of Biotech, Medtech, and Pharma Ventures.
    12 / 2019
  • PMI, USA
    Professional Project Management (PMP) Certification
    06 / 2019

Membership of networks


DIZH Fellowship 2021
ZHAW Digital
12 / 2020

Social media



Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed
Book parts, peer-reviewed
Conference contributions, peer-reviewed
Other publications
Oral conference contributions and abstracts

Publications before appointment at the ZHAW

Full list in Google Scholar:

Chavarriaga R. et al. (2020) Standards Roadmap: Neurotechnologies for Brain-Machine Interfacing, IEEE Standards Association

Lotte et al. (2019) Turning negative into positives! Exploiting "negative" results in Brain-Machine Interface (BMI) research. Brain-Computer Interfaces

Chavarriaga R. et al. (2018) Decoding neural correlates of cognitive states to enhance driving experience. IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence 2, 288–297.

Chavarriaga R., Fried-Oken M., Kleih S., Lotte F. & Scherer R. (2017) Heading for new shores! Overcoming pitfalls in BCI design. Brain-Computer Interfaces 4, 60–73.

Min B.-K., Chavarriaga R. & Millán J. d. R. (2017) Harnessing prefrontal cognitive signals for brain-machine interfaces. Trends in Biotechnology, 35, 7, 585-597.

Saeedi S., Chavarriaga R. & Millán J. d. R. (2017) Long-Term Stable Control of Motor-Imagery BCI by a Locked-In User Through Adaptive Assistance. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering 25, 380–391.

Lee K., Liu D., Perroud L., Chavarriaga R., & Millán J. d. R. (2017) A brain-Controlled exoskeleton with cascaded event-related desynchronization classifiers. Robotics and Autonomous Systems.

Iturrate I., Chavarriaga R., Montesano L., Minguez J. & Millán J. d. R. (2015) Teaching brain-machine interfaces as an alternative paradigm to neuroprosthetics control. Scientific Reports 5.

Zhang H., Chavarriaga R. & Millán J. d. R. (2015) Discriminant brain connectivity patterns of performance monitoring at average and single-trial levels. NeuroImage 120, 64–74.

Chavarriaga R., Sobolewski A. & Millán J. d. R. (2014) Errare machinale est: The use of error-related potentials in brain-machine interfaces. Frontiers in Neuroscience 8, 208.

Roggen D, Tröster G, Lukowicz P, Ferscha A, Millán, J. d. R. & Chavarriaga (2013). Opportunistic human activity and context recognition. IEEE Computer, 46, 2, 36-45.

Perrin X., Chavarriaga R., Colas F., Siegwart R. & Millán J. d. R. (2010) Brain-coupled interaction for semi-autonomous navigation of an assistive robot. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 58, 12, 1246-1255.

Other publications


Sept 2021: Digital Futures Lab Blog post: How much do Swiss politicians know about AI

July 2021: Swissinfo: Will Switzerland distance itself from the EU on mass surveillance?

Oct 2020: Swiss Parliament - Press release : Le Future politique de Sécurité sous la Loupe


Jun 2021: ZHAW digital series "Digital tools against Covid-19 - Addressing ethical challenges, public trust and acceptance".

May 2021: Claire Office Switzerland launch event: "AI4Good: Building a Nexus between Research, Innovation and Society".

May 2021: OECD Workshop:  “Neurotechnology in and for society – deliberation, stewardship and trust”

Mar 2021: World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO): Launch of the WIPO Technology Trends Report on Global Trends in Assistive Technology

Jan 2021: Workshop on Brain-Computer Interfaces. “Capturing Technology. Rethinking Arms Control”. German Federal Foreign Office

Nov 2020: Internet Governance Forum 2020 - Best Practice Forum on Data and New Technologies in an Internet Context

Nov 2020: DEFTECH DAYS - Human-machine interface & Interaction, Thun, Switzerland.

Nov 2020: Nationalrat Sicherheitspolitisches Seminar 2020 - Die militärischen Anwendungen der künstlichen Intelligenz

Sep 2020: Women in AI Global Summit 2020

June 2020: Workshop Global Perspectives on Responsible Artificial Intelligence, Freiburg, Germany.

June 2020: AI Governance Forum 2020 - From the governance of AI to the governance via AI, Digital Conference. Moderator panel: “Healthcare and AI”, Geneva .

March 2020: Public discussion: Kann KI uns helfen, globale Herausforderungen zu meistern?, Winterthur, Switzerland.

November 2019: Symposium Closing the regulatory gap for consumer neurotechnology, Brocher Foundation, Geneva.

November 2018: Samsung Developer's Conference, SDC18, San Francisco, USA. Invited talk: Accessibility beyond - Use your brain to control your TV

October 2018: Meeting of the International Global Brain Initiatives, IEEE Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Miyazaki Japan.

September 2018: OECD Workshop "Minding Neurotechnology: delivering responsible innovation for health and well-being", Tongji University School of Medicine, Shanghai, People's Republic of China.

March 2018: South by Southwest festival (SXSW), Austin USA. Panelist: Mental Works: Moving Beyond Our Carbon Based Minds