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Nijboer, Femke

Nijboer, Femke


Femke Nijboer, born in Almelo, The Netherlands, in 1979. Ph.D. from University of Tübingen. Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology at Leiden University.

For Women in Science Fellow (1 Sept 2016 – 31 Jan 2017)

Inclusive and Responsible Innovation of Neurotechnology

Project Description

Brain-Computer Interfaces are systems that can potentially help people with locked-in syndrome or advanced ALS to communicate with their brain activity. There is still relatively little debate and exchange between people who develop BCIs, ethicists and potential end-users. In my current Veni project I develop a novel and interdisciplinary approach, based on Value-Sensitive Design, Constructive Technology Assessment and Art, to promote inclusive and responsible innovation of Brain-Computer Interfaces. Art is used to help people imagine and debate about future design scenarios. With a fellowship at NIAS I would like to write the “grand finale” paper about this overall approach. In addition, I would like to write an ERC Starting Grant proposal to test this approach in the development of other neurotechnologies and to further investigate how values of end-users can be integrated in the design of neurotechnology.

Selected Publications

1: Nijboer, F., Clausen, J., Allison, B., & Haselager, P. (2013). The Asilomar Survey: Stakeholders’ Opinions on Ethical Issues Related to Brain-Computer Interfacing. Neuroethics, 6(3), 541-578. doi: 10.1007/s12152-011-9132-6

2: Nijboer, F., Plass-Oude Bos, A., Blokland, Y., Van Wijk, R., & Farquhar, J. (2014). Design requirements and potential target users for brain-computer interfaces – recommendations from rehabilitation professionals. Brain-Computer Interfaces, 1.

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