Calls and Chances from British HCI 2016

The 30th British Human Computer Interaction Conference (British HCI 2016) will be held between the 11th and 15th July 2016 at Bournemouth University’s Talbot Campus in Poole, Dorset (close to Bournemouth). The conference is organised by Bournemouth University’s Human Computer Interaction Research Group (BUCHI) in conjunction with the Interaction Specialist Group of BCS (Interaction SG), The Chartered Institute for IT.

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Google Glasses  @ copyright resource from internet.

Dr Zeng was appointed to be the sponsorship chair in the panel . He is responsible for developing this conference’s funding  strategies and making the impact on HCI industry, regionally, nationally and internationally.

The funding opportunity has been open now. Any institute, company or person is welcome to express the sponsorship interest by email (bzeng@bournemouth.ac.uk), call or leaving your message here.

A workshop on HCI and global opportunity is proposed by Dr Zeng as well. The theme is Global Engagement in Industry 4.0 and Investment Opportunity from China. Digital health is identified to be a main area. We expect more HCI experts and investors coming from China to Bournemouth this summer.

 

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Purely innovative talking with academically working: EEG glasses

A stylish wearable EEG glasses, which was invented with the support of iTalkTone Lab, has inspired the warmth and passion in Hangzhou on 23rd December. An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a recording of brain activity and can be used to help diagnose and monitor a number of conditions affecting the brain.

Hangzhou, where Alibaba Group‘s headquarter is located, is the hottest hub for Chinese startups and “Internet Plus” business. Jack Ma, the grassroots billionaire and founder of Alibaba, has electrified Chinese youth with his global success and radicalised Hangzhou, a homeland of traditional Chinese aesthetics, into a commercial battlefield full of venture capital and entrepreneur spirit.

23122015_1Dr Zeng’s EEG glasses project can be one case. Leading a group of app developers, EEG experimenters and hardware engineers, Dr Zeng delivered the wearable EEG product to his sponsor, a local hi-tech company on the day before Christmas Eve. This roadshow took place in the Dream Village, which is a business incubation park in the west of Hangzhou.

Over 50 guests and audiences packed into a startup cafe located in the village. During the presentation, Dr Zeng initially ran an experiment to explain how brainwave or EEG was working. The experiment also showed his glasses was capable to detect, record and analyse EEG signal. Two functions of the EEG glasses were demonstrated later.  Firstly, using this glasses, one user was able to answer a list of two-choice questions without any spoken word. Secondly, the other user could take photo by driving the camera with his brainwave signal.

The roadshow received huge welcome from local investors, business companies, media23122015_2 and public. Thanks to Zhejiang University, a strong R&D incentive university, Zhejiang has taken the leader’s position in China’s BCI industry.  Therefore it has great potential to develop such product in Zhejiang. For the forthcoming plan, Dr Zeng said he would identify real demand in healthcare market and help the investors to improve the demo before mass production.

EEG Glasses and Digital Health

On 27th November, a product demo, which was proposed by our lab, was introduced to the audience on a workshop in our Lansdowne campus, Bournemouth University. This workshop was led by Prof Hongnian Yu from Computing Science. This workshop was run for a proposed Digital Healthcare Institute which was stirred by a group of researchers, doctors and business people from Bournemouth University, local hospitals and industry. The iTalkTone Lab was involved in this proposal with great passion.27112015

The product demo (see that the researcher is wearing), temporally named EEG glasses, was designed for the people who suffered from communication difficulty, especially acquired aphasia and locked-in syndrome patients, for example, Dr Stephen Hawking. This wearable equipment enables these people to use brainwave to make some basic communication with external world. Dr Zeng has been leading his team to work with support of a hi-tech company in China for over one year. He expected to make a roadshow this December in China.

EEG Application in Alternative Communication

Invited by the Research Center of Informatisation in the city of Wenzhou, Dr Zeng used WeChat, an online communication app invented by Tencent, and organised an academic salon between BU and China on 22nd November. The salon attracted over 30 researchers globally to engage in the online event.22112015

The talk was titled as EEG Application in Alternative Communication and Neurofeedback Therapy. Dr Zeng attempted to forge the concept of “alternative communication” with such examples of sign language, whale sounds (pitch) and convert speech.  Also he briefly reviewed the history of EEG and introduced main principles and components in EEG studies. Furthermore he exemplified neurofeedback therapy with the cases of ADHD and epilepsy. Regarding EEG’s commercial potential, Dr Zeng summarised two business cases occurring in China.

£1.5 Million for Your Hi-tech Startup

For the sake of seeking for potential grant and funding, Dr Zeng accepted an invitation from International Conference on Elites Networking and Program Collaboration, Hangzhou 2015. Under this umbrella, he was chosen to send to one satellite program, Qiantang Wisdom Elite Summit. Qiantang is one newly established science park in Hangzhou city, the capital of affluent Zhejiang province.05112015_2

On 5th November, luxury coaches carried groups of visiting overseas Chinese scholars and hi-tech entrepreneurs to an exhibition gallery. In the gallery, Hangzhou CBD, where Qiantang locates, is illustrated with photos, videos and architectural models.  Local civil servants warmly and proudly declared that they only used about 5 years to build up a modern city from wasteland.

05112015_1More astonishing, inside the Hangzhou International Conference Center, the local government promised to award £1.5 million to any single startup project if any scientist can bring innovative technology solution back and comes to work here. Outside of the Center, free market stall-style negotiation was occurring between reserved investors and ambitious researchers (see the left photo).

Talk in Mountain City (Chongqing, China)

On 2nd November Dr Zeng was invited to visit Chonqqing University by Prof Hui Xie (PhD, Sheffield University) and gave a talk on visual benefit on speech perception under adverse condition. The talk was the outcome of a joint project between the iTalkTone Lab and Chonqing University. Prof Xie is an architectural acoustics expert and has published widely in noise control and classroom design.

02112015Chonqing University is a key national university located in Chongqing, China, and a member of the “Excellence League“. Chongqing University is also one of the “Project 211 and Project 985” universities with full support in the construction and development from the central government and the Chongqing Municipal Government. Among its various departments, Chongqing University is especially highly ranked in the Built Environment, Engineering, Technology, and Business disciplines. (from Wikipedia)

BIH Talk

On 31st August, 2015, Dr Zeng reported his team’s work on 2015 International Congress on Brain Informatics and Health in the Royal Geographical Society, close to Imperial College London. Currently his research team are working on the time course of audio-visual information integration in lexical tone perception.

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In the session, Dr Zeng reported a pilot result from his lab. The full data will be published in the next year.

31082015_1BIH 2015 provides a premier forum that will bring together researchers and practitioners from neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, data science and neuroimaging technologies with the purpose of exploring the fundamental roles, interactions as well as practical impacts of Brain Informatics. BIH 2015 also include events that focused on Active Media, in order to increase the cross-fertilization of ideas from different communities.