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Paras Kaul: Brain to Computer Interfacing for Well-Being

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Paras Kaul will discuss how she uses neurofeedback to produce music in the Healing Arts Ensemble and her work as a Research Associate for the Music and Well-Being Program at George Mason University. She will discuss how to train your brain using neurofeedback to determine the brain wave state you are in, how EEG is used in (BCI) systems, and the relationship between EEG analysis and brain wave states. She will demonstrate a new, cost efficient neurofeedback device that uses Arduino technology, which will soon be available to the public. As a follow-up to last year’s presentation on Raspberry Pi technology used for teaching Boolean girls how to program animation, she will present new technology in development for kids to learn about robotics.

parasAbout Paras Kaul

Paras Kaul is a brainwave artist/researcher who composes brainwave music and animation. She received an MFA degree in digital animation and video from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with undergraduate studies in English, art, and photography at California State University, Sacramento and James Madison University in VA.

After completing her education, Paras held computer animation internships at Omnibus located at Paramount Studios in Hollywood and at Real Time Design in Chicago. As a production assistant at Digital Effects, Inc. in NY, she handled post-production operations for digital animation. While living in Hollywood, she was active in LA SIGGRAPH.

In Mississippi, as an assistant professor in a Graduate Program for Electronic Visualization, she taught brainwave controlled animation and gaming and founded OKSIGGRAPH for Oktibbeha County, MS. After moving to Northern Virginia, she was Director of Web Communications at George Mason University and co-chaired DCSIGGRAPH with Mary Higgins.

Paras has published peer-reviewed articles on brainwave learning and gaming and has been an invited speaker to France, Australia, and the UK—where she presented a brainwave interactive gaming prototype at the Dana Centre Museum of Science in London.

In the US, Paras has demonstrated brainwave technology at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the American Film Institute, Walker Art Museum (Minneapolis), National Qigong Association (PA), and at universities and convention centers in Los Angeles, Boston, Florida, Michigan, Washington State, Hawaii, and Virginia.

Currently, Paras is the Media Relations Coordinator for DC SIGGRAPH. She works at MindSpec, Inc., a nonprofit organization that utilizes innovative bioinformatics strategies to accelerate research on common neurodevelopmental disorders. She is part of GMU’s Healing Arts Ensemble and a Research Associate for the Music and Well-Being Program at the university.

Read more about her work at http://brainwavewellness.onair.cc and http://paraskaul.onair.cc.

About Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH

Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH is a non-profit, professional computer graphics organization serving the Washington metropolitan area. Its mission is to foster the synthesis of art and technology while promoting and educating the computer graphics and interactive media community through the exchange of printed and electronic information and innovative ideas.

Part of the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Community Partnership Program.

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March 23
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7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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