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Prof. Anton Nijholt
Imagineering Institute, Malaysia
University of Twente, The Netherlands
Title Brain-Computer Interfacing Embedded in Intelligent and Affective Systems
Abstract In this talk we survey recent research views on non-traditional brain-computer interfaces (BCI). That is, interfaces that can process brain activity input, but that are designed for the ‘general population’, rather than for clinical purposes. Control of applications can be made more robust by fusing brain activity information with other information, either explicitly provided by a user (such as commands) or extracted from the user by interpreting his or her behavior (movements, posture, gaze, facial expression, nonverbal speech) or sensing (neuro-)physiological characteristics (skin conductivity, heart rate, brain activity). Traditional BCI research, guided by clinical applications and focused on patients that have no other means than their brain activity for control and communication have neglected a possible role for BCI in multimodal interaction with intelligent devices. We will emphasize such a role and will also look at some roadmaps for BCI research (2020 and beyond) and how their authors see the development of BCI for intelligent systems.
Prof. Kenji Matsui
Osaka Institute of Technology, Japan
Title Design Thinking Course Development as an Evolution of Engineering Design
Abstract Last couple of years, many industries and schools have been looking at the importance the Design Thinking approach for their new business development and education. In this talk, major aspects of Design Thinking in relation with engineering and technology will be explored. As one of initiatives of problem-based learning for engineering design, ME310 is a year-long graduate course at Stanford’s School of Engineering that educates young innovators from different disciplines. It has been taught since 1967. A couple of challenging projects from ME310 will be introduced and the key issues of the course development will be discussed. Some practical tools for radical innovation have been proposed from various organizations in order to introduce the Design Thinking process more systematically. As one of the effective examples, Foresight and Innovation tools from Innovation Leadership Board will be introduced. Finally, as an on-going project example, we will talk about our challenges implementing the Design Thinking approach in terms of our study of wearable speech enhancement system for laryngectomies.