Data, Virtual Interaction and Digital Health between China and UK

This workshop aims to update the research progress in eye-tracking and EEG technology.

The workshop initially aims to review the current digital heath technologies and explore their potentials in real world.  EEG, eye-tracking, virtual reality (VR) 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. 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 scenarios, e.g. Brain-computer interface (BCI). 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.

Motivation: Why is the topic timely and of particular interest to HCI participants?

Inspired by the theme on human-data interaction, visual analytics and interactive data visualisation, the proposed workshop would integrate research, business and health investment together. Digital health is the convergence of the digital and genomic revolutions with health, healthcare, living, and society. Digital health is empowering people to better track, manage, and improve their own and their family’s health, live better, more productive lives, and improve society. It’s also helping to reduce inefficiencies in healthcare delivery, improve access, reduce costs, increase quality, and make medicine more personalized and precise. Venture investment in digital health in 2014 reached $4.1 billion, a 125% increase year-over-year. Remarkably, aggregate investing in digital health surpassed that in traditional healthcare and medical devices for the same time period.

Topics: What topics of interest will be covered by the workshop?

  • Tendency and business models in global digital health market
  • Tendency in Human-computer and Brain-computer interfaces (BCI)
  • Edge-cutting HCI technology in healthcare, especially EEG, eye-tracking, VR and robot
  • Cost-effectiveness analysis on HCI in digital health technologies
  • Potential and future ethical issues in digital health technologies

Workshop Format:

The intended mix of events, such as paper presentations, invited talks, and general discussion

Morning session: Technology, HCI and Healthcare

  • Invited speaker: Dr Orestis Georgiou (TBC), Ultrahaptics (15 min + 5 min)
  • Invited speaker: Dr Ali Roula (TBC, Reader, University of South Wales): BCI. (15min + 5min)
  • Invited speaker: Dr Yingying She (Associate Professor, Software School, Xiamen University, China)
  • 10:10-10:30 invited speaker: Dr Xun He (Head of the Bournemouth EEG Lab Forum, Bournemouth University)
  • 2 speakers TBC
  • Eye-tracker, EEG + Assistive technologies Panel Q&A: 30 min
  • 10 presentations: 5 min each and a total of 50 minutes

Afternoon session: Opportunities in BCI and Healthcare

  • Invite speaker: Dr Luke Zhou (Founder & Director of Beyond Laboratory) China investment in Healthcare.
  • Invited speaker Ms. Xi Mao (TBC, Representative of Elite Researcher Office from Shenzhen Government, China): Challenges in China healthcare (15 min + 5 min)
  • 3 speakers TBC
  • 10 presentations: 5 min each and a total of 50 minutes

Audience: Who and how many people are likely to attend? (one paragraph)

For the British HCI 2018 conference, the audience and contributors are highlighted

  • We’re expecting around 100 registrants.
  • Attendees are not just from the UK and Europe. Paper authors are also from North America, Africa, Middle East, Asia, and Australasia.
  • The academia / industry balance tends towards academics. It estimates this could be something like 7: 3.
  • Companies represented by authors include Nokia Bell Labs, BBC, and Microsoft.

For our workshop, we estimate that 40 people are likely to attend this workshop in Ulster University. The audience comes from three areas: R&D, industry and investment. Meanwhile we have a live streaming conference in China. All talks will be broadcasted mutually in Belfast and China.


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Dr ZENG Biao (

Dr Biao Zeng (PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS,FHEA)

Lecturer in Psychology

Course Leader of MSc Psychology


Address: Room F305

School of Psychology and Therapeutic Studies

University of South Wales

Treforest Pontypridd

CF37 1DL




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Dr Biao Zeng is a psycholinguist and founded iTalkTone Lab. His research interests are primarily in audiovisual speech perception, speech and language disorder, and communication-aid, with a focus in applying EEG and eye-tracking into enhancing environmental control and communication. Another major part of his research interests more lies in the practical area, including neurofeedback, brain-computer interface for vulnerable groups such as post-stroke aphasia and ageing people, social impacts on education, health and psychological well-being, and its association with children’s later development.


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