Cao, expert in data science at IDUN Technologies, explains us his role within the company and why data required a bunch of competencies to make a good use of it. The research purpose is the key component to define what makes a good data set or not, but to understand the information we need to cross data science with neuroscience. This will allow us to bring a valuable output based on empathetic technology. What counts is to provide a useful feedback to every individual. With this understanding, the Internet of Humans may have a huge potential in many domains. Let’s make it happen!
“I always wanted to leap into action, doing neurotech for end-consumers.
That’s what led me to IDUN Technologies.”
My name is Cao Tri Do, I’m from the famous Dortmund for all soccer fans. I have two main topics of interest, surgical robotics and neuroscience. Convinced about the future of technology in medicine, I started to study biomedical engineering but, I felt something was missing, I wanted to understand the brain. It brought me to dive into neuroscience for the last 10 years between Korea and Germany, doing mainly researches about the use of data to diagnostic and treat mental diseases. Now here I am! I always wanted to leap into action, doing neurotech for end-consumers. That’s what led me to IDUN Technologies.
“The final goal is to bring value to users in form of results labeled with their emotional state.”
I have an eye on the whole process, from data collection, storage, processing, to figures’ interpretation. Data science understands each step of the information flow, what is crucial for a proper technology development. Data pipeline is like a recipe, you need to know your ingredients to make a good dish. The final goal is to bring value to users in form of results labeled with their emotional state.
“Team diversity and collaboration are essential to define the right data set.”
Experience, team diversity and collaboration are essential to define the right data set. With data science we polish the figures, make it readable but, without neuroscience, we cannot understand their meaning. For this reason, I cooperate through the whole pipeline with neuro engineers, psychologists to define the information we are looking for and what makes a good data for our purpose. This manual process is then automated with an algorithm to let the machine learn what makes sense for our research.
“Our priority is to determine which part of the information flow can be accessed, by whom.”
User’s privacy remains at the core of the whole design process. Our priority is to determine which part of the information flow can be accessed, by whom, to protect data confidentiality. Training models such as federated learning and differential privacy are means to prevent any misuse. The question is who should define user’s needs according to emotions. Nobody else than the person himself. The device helps people to reach efficiently the emotional state that they want to reach. We set up the technology to avoid any closed loops creation, instead, we provide feedback to let the user pursues the better decision for himself.
“Being able to understand what the brain needs would be beneficial for
mental health monitoring in many domains.”
We are all super connected, even more since COVID-19 measures. We’re working at home, talking through Zoom or Teams… But it’s not that easy to understand what your conversation partner is feeling through the internet, you lose in sensitiveness. The Internet of Humans takes into account these emotional needs, leading to a better understanding of each other. More than improving communication, it enhances digital health devices. Having a tool able to understand what the brain needs would be beneficial for mental health monitoring in many domains. Brain computer interfaces won’t be limited to human interactions, robotics could benefit as well from empathic technology.
Okay, it’s still a bit of science fiction, but the Internet of Humans involves lots of opportunities and I have the feelings that at IDUN Technologies, we can make it possible. We have a holistic approach allowing each expert to understand better how their work impacts other fields.
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