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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.

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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.

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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.