Digital Health 2018


  • Purpose and objectives 

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.

  • 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. 

 Workshop Venue and Timetable (3rd July, 2018), 

 Venue: Board Room Church House, Fisherwick Place, Belfast, BT1 6DU. 

Morning session: Technology, HCI and Healthcare

  • 9:10-:9:30am(15 min presentation + 5 min Q&A):

Virtual Reality Technology Application in Mirror Therapy

Dr Biao Zeng (iTalkTone Lab director, University of South Wales)


Brain Stimulation and Brain Computer Interfacing

 Dr Ali Roula (Reader, University of South Wales, UK)

  • 9:50-10:10am

An Eye-gaze Oriented Context Based Interaction Paradigm Design,

Dr Yingying She (Associate Professor, Software School, Xiamen University, China)

Tea break 10min

  • 10:20-10:40am

More Brains: The Future of Hyperscanning in BCI

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

  • 13:00-13:20

Brexit and Chinese Investment in Healthcare

Dr Luke Zhou (Founder & Director of Beyond Laboratory, UK)

  • 13:20-13:40

TGO and VR: exploring immersion through the use of finger-based interactions in VR

Dr Liucheng  Guo (Co-founder and CTO of TG0, UK)

  • Chairs
  1. 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.


  1. 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 an 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.


  1. 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).


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