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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.


£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).

PhD Studentship: Interpersonal processes: social facets of human cognition

Qualification type: PhD
Location: Bournemouth
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £14,000 maintenance grant per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed on: 24th June 2015
Closes: 20th September 2015

Lead Supervisor nameDr Xun He

We engage with others in various actions almost every day because human beings are evolution-sculpted social animals and constantly influenced by social interaction potentials (Tomasello, 2014, Harvard University Press). Early studies on interpersonal influence have shown that an individual’s behaviour changes when another person is present: simple actions are facilitated and complex actions are impaired (Zajonc, 1965, Science). Recent years have seen more research about social interactions, in which two persons will be tested at the same time, and aspects of the two persons’ tasks are closely integrated. This usually involves people performing the same task, which will lead to enhanced cognition and motivation (Shteynberg, 2015, Pers. Psychol. Sci.), or distributing parts of a complex task among two participants, leading to all parts of the task being processed by each acting person (Sebanz & Knoblich, 2009, Topics Cogn. Sci.).

The past research has investigated how human performance is affected if all or some related task parts are shared. However, addressing most, if not all, social interaction potentials may be ecologically advantageous, even when the task is not shared. Recent findings seem to support this notion as information held in a co-actor’s memory can influence one’s own performance even when the co-actor’s task is irrelevant to oneself (He et al., 2011, Exp. Brain. Res.; He et al., 2014, J. Exp. Soc. Psychol.). This raises an important question: does environmental information have different effects on us when it is differently used by others, even when this information is trivial to our own goal? We aim at answering this intriguing question by studying interpersonal processes, which refer to influences from a co-acting person via an environmental factor that could be irrelevant to the acting person.

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £14,000 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 36 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

Closing date: The first call for applications will close on 20th September 2015

For further information on how to apply email pgradmissions@bournemouth.ac.uk