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
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
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.
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.
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.
More 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).