Data, Virtual Interaction and Digital Health between China and UK

  1. Abstract: 200 word summary of the workshop purpose and objectives

Extended CFP deadline is 11pm, 31st May, UK time

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


  1. 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.


  1. 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 big data
  • Cost-effectiveness analysis on HCI in digital health technologies
  • Potential and future ethical issues in digital health technologies


  1. Workshop Format: The intended mix of events, such as paper presentations, invited talks, and general discussion

Morning session: Technology, HCI and Healthcar

  • 9:10-:9:30am:
    Virtual Reality Technology Application in Mirror Therapy, Dr Biao Zeng (iTalkTone Lab director, University of South Wales) (15 min presentation + 5 min Q&A)
  • 9:30-9:50am:
    TBC,  Dr Ali Roula (Reader, University of South Wales, UK)
  • 9:50-10:10am:
    TBC, Dr Yingying She (Associate Professor, Software School, Xiamen University, China)

Tea break 10min

  • 10:20-10:40am   TBC, Dr Xun He (Head of the Bournemouth EEG Lab Forum, Bournemouth University, UK)
  • 10:40-11:00am   The Theatre Alarms and Eye Tracking, Prof Sine McDougall (Professor in Psychology, Bournemouth University, UK)
  • 11:00-11:20am  Computational Psychophysiology Research for Mental Health, Prof Bin Hu (Dean of School of Information Science and Engineer, Lanzhou University, China)

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


  1. 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.


  1. [Optional] Alternative publication strategy should organisers not wish to publish their papers in the conference workshop proceedings.


  1. Chair(s):

Dr ZENG Biao

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

Lecturer in Psychology, Course Leader of MSc Psychology


School of Psychology and Therapeutic Studies

University of South Wales

Treforest Pontypridd

CF37 1DL




Lab page:


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.


Dr Ail Roula

Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science

ASM – Electrical and Electronic Engineering

University of South Wales

Treforest Pontypridd

CF37 1DL


Tel: (01443) 4 82548


Dr. M. A. Roula obtained a PhD in Medical Imaging from Queen’s university of Belfast in 2004. During his PhD project, Dr. Roula worked in a multidisciplinary project at the Queen’s university of Belfast (QUB) to develop an automated computer system for the analysis of prostatic tumours. He also worked on developing 3D texture models for reconstructed CLSM (Confocal Laser scanned Microscopy) images of prostatic nuclei which allow discrimination between normal and malignant cells.


After his PhD, Dr. Roula joined the faculty of advanced technology at the University of Glamorgan (UG) as a senior lecturer where he is involved teaching various electronics and computing modules as well as active research within the medical imaging research unit. He secured a EPSRC research grant to pursue research in computational aspects of applying MIT models for imaging in industrial as well as medical applications such as localisation of brain strokes.


Currently Dr. Roula is investigating the use of EEG brain computer interfacing as communication and transportation aid for people with severe motor disability as well as the effect of electrical stimulation on brain function.


Dr Nan Jiang

Principal Academic in Software Quality & Software Testing

Bournemouth University

Poole House P429, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB


Tel: 01202 962741

Dr Nan Jiang is a Principal Academic in Software Quality and Testing in Bournemouth University. Prior to this, Nan was an Open Distance Learning (ODL) tutor at Queen Mary, University of London, where he also received his PhD in Web Usability and MSc in Advanced Methods.

Nan has 5 years of full stack web development experience as a freelance technical consultant and technical writer. He is specialised in web/mobile architectural and interface design but he also provides technical support on backend development.

He has provided consultancy for 10+ companies and organisations through a number of projects including EU funded Grads for Growth, H2020 FOODSmart and Gates Foundation funded ResearchInvestments (ResIn).


  1. Sponsors (TBC):


EEG Life (China)

School of Psychology and Therapeutic Studies, University of South Wales