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“EDTECH Conference 2022” to Promote Special Education Technology

Over 200 scholars, special education professionals and Educational Technology (EDTECH) entrepreneurs attended a hybrid event today (9 June) to kick off the “EDTECH Conference 2022” organised by The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK). 

With the theme of “Inspiring & Emerging EDTECH in Special Education”, the two-day conference aims to examine the positive impact of innovative technology in enhancing learning effectiveness and teaching quality for students with special educational needs (SEN). 

Two renowned scholars and an EDTECH entrepreneur were invited to deliver keynote addresses, namely Professor Tong Kai-yu, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering of The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Dr Wong Meng Ee, Associate Professor of the Department of Psychology and Child & Human Development at the National Institute of Education of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore; and Dr Li Chun-hung, CEO of Autoba Limited. 

During the conference, Professor Tong introduced a technology-assisted rehabilitation training system, which has successfully aided stroke survivors resume their daily activities and explored the possibility of applying similar technologies to special education. Tomorrow (10 June), Dr Wong will present the use of assistive technology in supporting students with disabilities; while Dr Li will share how to enhance the concentration level among students with SEN using artificial intelligence (AI). The conference also features 29 sessions by scholars and practitioners from Hong Kong and mainland China on the latest developments in special education.

Addressing the participants, EdUHK President Professor Stephen Cheung Yan-leung said, “Special education is one of EdUHK’s priority areas, and we have made great strides in promoting research and knowledge transfer projects in this field. We believe the emergence of EDTECH will serve to enhance learning efficiency among SEN students, helping them to unleash their potential and integrate into the community.”

Over the years, many EdUHK scholars have assisted students with autism, auditory processing disorders, reading difficulties and other special educational needs, using technologies such as AI, 3D display, sensors and algorithms. With the aim of facilitating exchange and stimulating more innovative ideas, they were invited to showcase their projects during the conference, including an AI-driven auto-grading system of picture writing tasks, a convenient package to enhance students’ ability in English phonics, a working memory application for pre-school children, and an automatic hearing and listening-in-noise ability screening system for children. 

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