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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

Personal profile

Management role

Head, CLAIRE Office Zürich

Position at the ZHAW

Research Associate
Centre for Artificial Intelligence (CAI)

Expertise and research interests

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

Educational background

2019 - Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Management of Biotech, Medtech, and Pharma Ventures. EPFL, Switzerland
2019 - Professional Project Management (PMP) Certification. Project Management Institution, PMI, USA
2005 - PhD in Computational Neuroscience. School of Computer Science, EPFL, Switzerland

Professional milestones

2019-present: Executive-in-Residence, Geneva Center for Security Policy, Switzerland
2017-present: Chair, Working group on Neurotechnologies for brain-machine interfacing, IEEE Standards Association
2011-present: Co-Chair, Technical committee on brain-machine interface systems, IEEE Society on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
2009-2019: Research Scientist, Lecturer, EPFL, Switzerland
2006-2008: Research Scientist, Idiap research Institute, Switzerland

2021: ZHAW Digital-DIZH Fellowship on Good practices for responsible development of AI-based applications in healthcare
2019: IEEE Society on Systems, Man and Cybernetics. Best Associate Editor - Human-Machine Systems
2019: Elevated to the grade of IEEE senior member
2016, 2017, 2018: IEEE Society on Systems, Man and Cybernetics. Award to the most active technical committee in Human Machine Interaction
2017: Journal of Neural Engineering, IOP Publishing. Outstanding reviewer award
2015: Nominee International BCI award (top 10): Project: Easy riders: Brain-computer interfaces for enhancing driving experience
2013: Nominee International BCI award (top 10): Project: Cognitive signals for brain-machine interfaces: an alternative paradigm to neuroprosthetics control

Membership of networks



Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed
Book parts, peer-reviewed
Conference contributions, peer-reviewed
Other publications

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