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
This is a reminder for our forthcoming EEG journal club. It will occur in Room P310, Poole House as usual at 1pm, 11th May. EEG journal club is hosted by EEG lab, Dept of Psychology, Bournemouth University.
This club mainly inspires research ideas and promotes cross-disciplinary conversation. Certainly it is very good for anyone who is interested in EEG studies at his or her early stage.
This week Dr Rachel Mosely will kindly offer a paper. She will lead this reading. Additionally, for her recommendation of this paper, she expresses “it is by some collaborators of mine and I am planning on extending the paradigm further, so I thought it’d be really helpful to get the EEG-JC’s take on it.”
So you are extremely to bring your question, comment and suggestion for this reading. I also copy this email to some faculty staff who have expressed EEG research interests before.
Look forward to seeing you soon.
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.
Dr 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, media 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.