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The Brains@Play Initiative

Our Mission



The Brains@Play Initiative is an international research collective enabling the responsible design and development of brain-responsive multiplayer experiences through the production of public design workshops, educational resources, and open-source software tools.

Projects



Brains and Games

Brains and Games

Competition

An international design fiction competition seeking creative ideas for brain-responsive multiplayer games.


Livewire

Livewire: A Stimulating Night of Neurotechnology

Public Event

An online entertainment event combining neuroscience, neuroethics, and interactive media for participatory technology design.


People



Marientina Gotsis

Marientina Gotsis

Cofounder

Marientina Gotsis has a broad background in arts, design and engineering with a special interest in interactive entertainment applications for health, happiness and rehabilitation. She founded and leads USC's Games for Health Initiative since 2007, connecting health professionals with innovation in various forms of interactive media. She is co-founder and director of the Creative Media & Behavioral Health Center, an organized research unit between the School of Cinematic Arts and the Keck School of Medicine, which was established in 2010. This center designs, develops and evaluates entertainment applications at the intersection of behavioral science, medicine and public health.

Dong Song

Dong Song

Cofounder

Dong Song is a Research Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Co-Director of the Center for Neural Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC). His research interests include nonlinear dynamical modeling of the nervous system, hippocampal memory prosthesis, neural interface technologies, and development of novel modeling strategies incorporating both statistical and mechanistic modeling methods.

Dimitris Grammenos

Dimitris Grammenos

Cofounder

Dimitris Grammenos is a Principal Researcher at the Institute of Computer Science (ICS) of the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH) specializing in Human-Computer Interaction. Parallel to his research work, he develops and delivers workshops and events that introduce the concepts and practice of creative thinking and creativity to people of all ages and backgrounds. Up to now, he has run more than 60 workshops in 5 countries with a total of about 4000 participants.

Garrett Flynn

Garrett Flynn

Initiative Coordinator | Cofounder

Garrett Flynn is a neurotechnologist in the Computational Neuroscience (BS) and Media Arts, Games, and Health (MA) programs. Informed by his experiences at the Neural Modeling and Interface Lab under the guidance of Dr. Dong Song, his work empowers the participatory, human-centered design of next-generation brain devices.

Samir Ghosh

Samir Ghosh

Software Developer

Samir Ghosh is a coder and polymath who serves as Assistant Director for the Ahmanson Lab at USC. Over there, they manage a makerspace, teach workshops, and produce impactful VR, AR, and hardware projects with professors and students from many fields. Some of these projects have received contributions from organizations such as the Vatican, the California Science Center, and the LA Times.

Jay Goldstuck

Jay Goldstuck

Student Working Group (2020-present)
Tejas Ramdas

Tejas Ramdas

Student Working Group (2020-present)
Morgan Kuligowski

Morgan Kuligowski

Student Working Group (2019-present)
Yizhen (Alice) Wu

Yizhen (Alice) Wu

Student Working Group (2019-present)
Adam Christian Clark

Adam Christian Clark

Student Working Group (2019-2020)
Stefan Niculae

Stefan Niculae

Student Working Group (2019)