Senses working overtime - the future of human machine interaction (HMI)

Brought to you by The Future Devices & Technologies Group

In recent years, the rate of progress in human machine interaction (HMI) has been startling. At this event we take a deeper dive into the enabling technology behind this revolution and will aim to plot a course into the future to see how UX design might adapt to these new paradigms.

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About the event

Natural speech interaction is now in common use and technologies such as gesture recognition and haptic touch are moving from R&D into real products. Various technical advances (such as AI) are driving this revolution, but at the same time, society is desperately searching for a more natural way to control the myriad of machines with which we interact on a daily basis. As the Internet of Things grows, humans will need a more efficient way to interface with these things than a keyboard and mouse!

In this afternoon event, we will take a deep dive into the enabling technology behind this revolution and target different human senses through innovations such as optical displays, haptic touch, voice recognition and even brain interfaces.

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Raspberry Pi Foundation

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK-based charity that works to put the power of computing and digital making into the hands of people all over the world.

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Sponsored by Marks & Clerk

Marks & Clerk is a well-established intellectual property firm.

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Registration, networking and refreshments


CW welcome and introduction to Future Devices & Technologies SIG


Welcome from event host and sponsor Raspberry Pi


Welcome from event sponsor Marks & Clerk


'Activating surfaces with conformable and shapeable plastic LCD's': Rouzet Agaiby, Business Development Manager, FlexEnable Ltd

Display technology has come a long way in a short time. Yet, there is still a major challenge to be solved – the majority of displays today are glass-based which leads to form-factor constraints. There is an increasing demand for flexible and curved displays for various applications that will offer more design freedom, while enabling new use cases and improving user experience.


Q & A


'Enhanced HMI with UltraTouch Technology'; Paridhi Sharma, Senior Engineer, Cambridge Touch Technologies

Human machine interaction is becoming increasingly dependent on tactile interaction with touch screen panels ranging from smart phones to smart watches. This talk covers the features of UltraTouch technology that enhances user experience for a wide range of applications.


Q & A


Refreshments and networking


'Human-Technology Integration': James Williamson, Senior Designer and Creative Projects Manager and Michael Phillips, Design Development Director, Renfrew Group International

This session will look at designing wearable and implantable medical sensors as well as next generation AR wearable displays for enterprise, transportation and medical applications.


Q & A


How we see the future of HMI: Oliver Armitage, Co-Founder & CSO, BIOS

BIOS is a leading neural engineering start-up, creating the open standard hardware and software interface between the human nervous system and AI. In this talk, our CSO will discuss the work we’ve been doing and give an outlook on where BIOS sees HMI evolving to in the future.


Q & A


Panel discussion


Wrap-up by Future Devices & Technologies SIG Champion


Raspberry Pi workshop


End of session followed by networking and refreshments


Event closes


Rouzet Agaiby - Head of Business Development, eg technology Limited

Dr Rouzet Agaiby has over ten years’ experience in a variety of technologies including semiconductor manufacturing, solar cells and flexible electronics with special focus on flexible displays and sensors. Rouzet is responsible for growing the implementation of FlexEnable’s flexible electronics technology in flexible LCD for consumer electronics and industrial applications. She also sets up and manages key strategic developments in sensors and display applications with major market players to bring products to market that have added value both for OEMs and for the end user. Rouzet has a PhD in semiconductor technology from University of Newcastle and an MBA from Manchester Alliance Business School.

Oliver Armitage - Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, BIOS

Oliver Armitage is Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at BIOS, a leading neural engineering startup. Oliver has always had a vision that the human body could be repaired or made better through augmentative technology and how that can be used to improve people’s lives. He studied for his PhD at the University of Cambridge in Bioengineering, working in the world-renowned Nanoscience Centre. He specializes in tissue interfaces and engineering to allow technology to be fused with the body. Oliver was recently named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 2018.

Michael Phillips - Design Development Director, Renfrew Group international

Since qualifying in Industrial design at Central St Martins in 1985 Michael has been part of award winning design teams in automotive, aerospace, consumer and medical technology sectors. His extensive experience led to problem solving and equipment design assignments for public sector organisations including the Department of Health, NHS National Innovation Centre and NHS nationally, leading on innovation in medical technologies programmes including, HCAI technologies, novel surgical instruments (i4i Barts, QMC & Royal Free), and Chair4Life, a radically new, powered wheelchair for NHS. Clients including GSK, ThermoFisher, Oxford Medical Diagnostics, Gama Healthcare, Airbus, Raleigh, Honda, Aprilia, Suzuki, Xerox, Shell, Iveco, NHS and UK Sport Olympics equipment design.

Projects in USA, EU, S America, India, China and SE Asia.

Paridhi Sharma - Sensor Engineer , Cambridge Touch Technologies

Paridhi Sharma is a Sensor Engineer at Cambridge Touch Technologies (CTT). After completing her MEng degree at the University of Cambridge, her interest in display and touch sensor technologies led to her internship at Cambridge Display Technology and she then joined CTT. She was the recipient of St John’s College Innovation Internship Award and has also represented CTT at the Enabling Innovation Showcase 2017 (Birmingham). When not working with touch sensors, she enjoys supporting education initiatives, networking and travelling to new places.

James Williamson - Renfrew Group international

Multi-disciplined industrial designer with 20 years’ experience using an innovative and fresh approach to the problem solving. Designed multitude of products that have mechanical, electrical, ergonomic, and other human factors that need to be carefully considered before moving through the design process from concept generation and development, to testing and production. Medical scientific and digital: Luxencia Peritoneal Dialysis, Digilens head mounted display and Chair4Life. NIHR i4i funded projects with Royal Free/UCL Artificial Liver, Barts/QMUL Surgical instrument Developer of intellectual property and author of patents for clients.

SIG Champions

Graham Anderson - Team Leader – UK R & D, Beko

Graham Anderson is Team Leader – UK R & D at Beko R&D, with research interests focused around novel sensors, data analytics, and energy storage/harvesting. Previously he worked as a Senior Scientist at Cambridge Display Technology working on the development of ink jet printed OLED displays and organic thermoelectric generators. Graham has a PhD from Leeds University in spintronics.

Nadia Aziz - Innovation Consultant, Unbounded Future Ltd

Nadia is an Evangelist of emerging technologies with an expertise in AR & VR and IoT technologies. 

She has advised C-level executives in Telecom and Media organisations for digital transformation and M&A projects over more than a decade. While being a SIG Champion of Future Devices and Technologies at Cambridge Wireless, she has recently co-founded Unbounded Future, a Deeptech consulting firm based in London.


Previously Nadia led Emerging Technologies at NTT Data UK where she supervised R&D and innovation in Augmented (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR), AI, and IoT.  


Nadia is a supporter of Women in STEM initiatives and is a mentor at the University College London (UCL) IXN programme. She is an industry advisor to IoTerra, a USA-based B2B marketplace for IoT products and was a co-producer for the GIANT Health Event.

Esther Ford - Partner, Marks & Clerk

Esther obtained an MEng in Electronic Engineering after studying at the University of Kent and the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt. Having been awarded an Engineering Prize from the Royal Academy of Engineering, she then went on to obtain a PhD in Microelectronics from the University of Cambridge. During her research, Esther developed a nanodot array single electron device with controlled threshold voltage at high temperatures. She also presented the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Faraday Lecture "The Digital World", which was delivered to live audiences throughout the UK and broadcast over Europe and North America, reaching an audience of 20,000.

After completing her PhD, Esther worked as a research engineer in Nortel Networks and subsequently in a telecommunications design consultancy. She joined the patent profession in 2004 and has extensive experience in managing international patent portfolios. She also has significant experience representing clients at the EPO in oppositions and appeals (both defending and opposing). Esther is highly proficient in German.

Esther joined Marks & Clerk in 2008, and in 2011 enjoyed a secondment as an in-house attorney for a valued client in the Oil/Gas industry. Her recent focus has been in the fields of Internet Service Provision, Oil/Gas recovery, Power Electronics, and the Internet of Things.

Esther has been recognised as a rising star by Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars, 2017.

Zahid Ghadialy - Senior Director, Technology & Innovation Strategy, Parallel Wireless UK & EMEA

Zahid Ghadialy is a Senior Director with a fast-moving and innovative US-based young company called Parallel Wireless (PW) that is on a mission to make deployment of any cellular infrastructure as easy and as cost-effective as Wi-Fi. With an extensive experience of over 20 years in the telecom industry as an engineer, programmer, analyst, researcher, architect, trainer, product manager and technical marketer, he is a technologist with a deep understanding of architecting world-class mobile products and solutions. Zahid is currently 'Future Devices & Technologies' SIG champion. He has also previously been a 'Small Cell SIG' and 'Smart & Intelligent Cities SIG' champion. He is also a Non-Executive Director of eXplanoTech. In his spare time he blogs at 3G4G and you can also catch him on Twitter at @zahidtg.

David Roberts - Founder, Jabooh Software

David is a technology leader with over 25 years experience working in the hi-tech arena. He has recently completed a successful project for ghd in conjunction with CW where he carried out the role of System Architect and facilitator.  Prior to this he worked in in the C-IoT space where he ran a multi-national R&D department that developed silicon and software designed for the burgeoning IoT market. He was also responsible for driving an agile transformation programme and assisting the organisation with their integration into a large Chinese multi-national telecoms company. Having started his career as a software developer working for BT and Acorn Computers, he went on to hold senior roles in a number of world-class organisations such as Symbian, Cambridge University and Citrix in the areas of Software Development, Project Management, Product Management, Research, Consultancy and Architecture. His background includes leading and developing teams involved in the creation of large-scale integrated hardware and software products, web-based services and CE devices. He is also highly experienced in large-scale agile development practices, agile coaching/transformation and creating and executing strategies for increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of organisations.

Charles Sturman - Senior Director International Marketing, HiSilicon

Charles is responsible for International Marketing for HiSilicon (Huawei’s chipset business). Based in Cambridge UK, with responsibility for product strategy, go-to-market and business development in IoT, edge and smart devices fields. Prior to this he lead u-blox’ activities in the fast moving consumer IoT segment (wearables, smart-home and entertainment) following the acquisition of the ARM Software Radio spin-out Cognovo, where we has founder and executive VP Sales & Marketing. Charles has held various positions in system design, business development and product marketing within Acorn Computers, TTPCom, Motorola and ARM.

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Raspberry Pi, 37 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 1NT

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