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Speakers at The 1st HCI and Digital Health Forum: Technologies and Business Opportunities between China and UK

  • Time: 9:00-17:00, 12th July 2016

  • Venue: Kimmeridge House, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University, BH12 5BB

  • Organisers

  1. iTalkTone Lab, Department of Psychology, Bournemouth University (UK)
  2. Newford Research Institute of Advanced Technology (China)
  3. China-UK Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum
  • Contact:;

  • Registration: click here




Prof Sine McDougall (Professor in Psychology, Bournemouth University)

Title: Accessing meaning, usability and user experience: What eye tracking might and might not tell us in the healthcare context.

My research has focused on how we understand, learn, and use icons and signs used on computer interfaces and on traffic and public information signs.


Dr Malcolm J. Fisk (Director, Telehealth Quality Group EEIG, De Montfort University)

Title: Telehealth Services and Technologies: User Acceptance and Market Opportunities

Notable is the fact that he recently led the European Commission funded TeleSCoPE project that developed a European Code of Practice for Telehealth Services – this now being further developed and taken forward as an International Code – by the Telehealth Quality Group EEIG of which he is Director.

Xun_HeDr Xun He
(Co-founder iTalkTone Lab, Bournemouth University)

Title: ERP Components and the Application in Brain-computer Interface

extensively use the electroencephalography (EEG) technique, including event-related potential (ERP) and steady-state visual-evoked potential (SSVEP).


Tony Steffert (co-founder of Society of Applied Neuroscience)

Title: qEEG and Neurofeedback in ADHD and Dyslexia

more recently in creativity and peak-performance using “Virtual Reality” to enhance Neurofeedback learning and creativity in Actors, Dancers and Musicians.


TamasDr Tamas Hickish (Consultant Medical Oncologist, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS Foundation Trust)

Title: Digital Health in Bournemouth and Southwest England




Richard_LihuaProf Richard Li-Hua (President of CAMOT Academy, Cambridge)

Title: China’s Innovation and Innovation Strategy

insightful observations and interpretation about what happened in the last 35 years between West and East, notably China and how a university/firm can be well positioned in the 21st century.

Pete ReadPete Read (CEO, Global Growth Market)

Title: China’s Digital Health Developments in the Asian Context

specialising in healthcare in China, Asia and other emerging markets, who has led assignments for many of the world’s most successful healthcare and technology companies.

IMG_6384Dr Biao Zeng (Founder of iTalkTone Lab, Bournemouth University)

Title: Demands of Digital Healthcare in China: Why China is NOT an Aged People Friendly Place?

 Zeng is extremely interested in applying psychology into a variety of social behaviour changes, e.g. polling, voting, rumour in cyberspace, and violence in hospitals.


HCI and Digital Health: Technologies and Opportunities in China and UK

The workshop, hosted by iTalkTone Lab, Bournemouth University and Newford Research Institute of Advanced Technology (NRIAT, China), is a satellite meeting to the British HCI 2016 Conference and will be held in Bournemouth University on 12th, July.

This workshop initially aims to review the current digital heath technologies and explore their potentials in real world.  Under the umbrella concept of Brain-Computer Interface (BCI), EEG, eye-tracking and social assistive robot are three incentive technologies we are investigating. Relevant business models and investment opportunities between China and UK will be introduced as well.


Without any assistive communication tool, locked-in syndrome patients are suffering from “nightmarish qualities, robbed of all function and trapped in a body in which you can’t communicate.” – Dr Mark Delargy,director of the brain injury programme at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dublin from BBC website.

The academia, mainly from psychology, health and IT backgrounds will present their findings in communicative behaviours and demonstrate cutting edge technologies, which facilitate wide range of communication in diverse groups, e.g. aphasia, autism and aged people, and various scenarios.

In particular, a healthcare-driven HCI approach will be under discoursed and developed. Advancement in HCI and even BCI has more and more entered into our privacy. From the perspectives of economics, ethics and business, we will answer whether technology could bring more equality, inclusion and benefit for different groups. A concept of “technology equity” will be proposed and discussed in the workshop.

The workshop themes and topics

  • Tendency and business models in global digital health market
  • Tendency in Human-computer and Brain-computer interfaces (BCI)
  • Edge-cutting technology in healthcare, especially EEG, eye-tracking and Robot
  • Cost-effectiveness analysis on HCI in digital health technologies
  • Potential and future ethical issues in digital health technologies

More registration,submission and agenda details are coming soon.

Your Chinese better than David Cameron? Sure.

It might be too early to predict that Mandarin, the official Chinese language, will surpass English and dominate the world as the common language in future. But it is definitely clear that the population of Chinese speakers (1,197 millions including Mandarin and the other Chinese dialects, 848 millions who speak Mandarin) is massively larger than the population of English speakers (335 millions), even taking the number of Indian English speakers into account.

Recently Mr David Cameron and Mr. Mark Zuckerberg have also joined in this language family.

Through his Chinese New Year message, Prime Minister passed the blessing of a Fire Monkey Year. He stressed this was a fire monkey year, which is unusual and profound understanding on Chinese zodiac (Shēngxiào).

According to the Chinese zodiac, Chinese symbolise each year with one animal and a total of 12 animals represents a 12-year mathematical cycle. Zodiac originates from the similar concept in western astrology and means “circle of animals”. Zodiac still remains popular in several East Asian countries including China, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Philippines, Thailand and Mongolia.

In addition, Chinese zodiac integrates Chinese traditional theory of “Five Elements”, which attributes the world into Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth. The circle of years could be reflected by the circle of five elements. 2016 is a year of Fire according to Chinese calendar. This is why Mr. Cameron said it was a Fire Monkey Year.

Better than our Prime Minister, Mr. Zuckerberg showed his fluent Mandarin with his wife, Mrs. Priscilla Chan, a Chinese-descent Vietnamese, who seems to preserve her née name after marriage as Chinese do today, and their new-born daughter Chen Ming Yu.


Mr. Zuckerberg gave a perfect explanation on his girl’s name in their new year greeting video.


In China, the monkey is more remembered as the Monkey King (the right in Beijing Opera) from Chinese classic masterpiece Journey to the West, which can be regarded as the mixture of The Lord of Rings and The Pilgrim’s Progress. BBC once created one innovative and fascinating symbol of the Monkey King (the left) for 2008 Beijing Olympic Game. Here an authentic Monkey King (the middle in Chinese cartoon) can be seen in the famous Chinese cartoon Havoc in Heaven (1964).

Happy New Year!

Xīn(新) Nián (年)  Kuài (快) Lè (乐) (Or try an easier Wade–Giles system: Hsīn Nién K`uài Lè)

Be careful your tones and welcome to our Brown Bag Meeting this Wednesday (12:00, TA131) where we will report a study on Chinese lexical tone.