The LUMINOUS project aims to further our understanding of human consciousness. It is run by a consortium of seven universities, coordinated by the company Starlab from Barcelona.

Within LUMINOUS, our goal is to develop new technologies to measure different states  of consciousness: being awake, sleeping, under anaesthesia, minimal consciousness states, and vegetative states. We also aim to improve the consciousness of patients with extremely low consciousness levels. We also hope to achieve further results that will have an impact in medicine and psychology, such as measuring and modifying the levels of consciousness in order to develop drug-free anaesthesia, and studying the consciousness of foetuses in the womb to learn more about the emergence of consciousness and use this information to help adults with their consciousness-related problems.

The project is funded by Horizon 2020 as part of the European Commission’s FET Open scheme, which supports the early-stage innovation in science and technology research. Our experience with FET Open dates back to our former project HIVE, developed from 2009 to 2012. I think the FET concept provides the right balance between exploring and implementing, and makes it possible to bring about important scientific and technological breakthroughs, dreams, visions – as we previously experienced in HIVE. Now, halfway through the LUMINOUS project, we have already obtained remarkable results in terms of measuring and improving consciousness in different settings, and we are looking forward to accomplish all of our scientific and technological objectives.

If you want to learn more about consciousness, non-invasive brain stimulation, and the technologies we are developing in LUMINOUS, come and meet us at booth number C11 at the ICT2018 event in Vienna. You will be able to learn about the effects of brain stimulation via interactive visual representations. Also, you will get the chance to participate in visual cognitive experiments that aim to measure different cognitive abilities.

At ICT2018, we will also be organising a networking session titled “Artificial Intelligent meets Human Consciousness – Is there Machine Consciousness?”, a cross-disciplinary discussion on consciousness that will tackle fundamental but yet fully answered questions such as whether machine consciousness exists and what artificial intelligence and machine consciousness may have in common with human consciousness.

So, we hope to see you in Vienna!


Twitter: @LuminousEU