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Mar 10-11, 2019 Professor Tang will speak at the 4th International Conference on Educational Neuroscience

Prof. Tang will present at the 4th International Conference on Educational Neuroscience organized by faculty of the Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit at the Emirates College for Advanced Education (ECAE) to be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Mar 10-11, 2019. Link for previous conference is available here.

Oct 25-27, 2018  Professor Tang will speak at the 2018 Conference of the China National Computer Congress (CNCC)

Prof. Tang will give a talk, entitled “Searching for core learning capacity: from synaptic plasticity to the dynamic regulation of the neuromodulators.” organized by the China Computer Federation (中国计算机学会), to be held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang,  China on Oct 25-27, 2018. Link for previous conference is available here.

Oct 18-20, 2018 Professor Tang will speak at the National Annual Conference on High Performance Computing

Prof. Tang will give a talk, entitled “Imaging the Learning Brain: From the Laboratory to Natural Environment” at the (2018全国高性能计算学术年会) organized the China Computer Federation to be held in Qingdao, Shandong, China on Oct 18-20, 2018. Conference link can be found here.

Oct 18-20, 2018  Professor Tang and Dr. Ouyang contributing an EEG-based brain imaging problem to Intel sponsored National Parallel Application Competition (PAC 2018).

Imaging the brain in the real world needs EEG and using such EEG signals as feedback for real time individualized teaching needs rapid signal processing.  The NfE Lab offers an optimization problem to PAC 2018 as one of the two problems invited by the organizing committee for the final competition. Competition results will be announced at CCF-HPC meeting held in Qingdao, Shandong, China, on Oct 18-20, 2018.

Sept 9, 2018 Goon Fui WONG joins the Laboratory of Neuroscience for Education

Goon Fui WONG (Bhante Khemasiri) joins the NfE Lab as a first year PhD student.  Congratulations to Behante Khemasiri on winning the highly competitive University of Hong Kong Postgraduate Fellowship (UPF).

Sept 7, 2018 Leisi PEI joins the Laboratory of Neuroscience for Education

Leisi Pei joins the NfE Lab as a first year PhD student.  Congratulations to Leisi on winning the highly competitive Hong Kong Postgraduate Fellowship (HKPF).

Sept 3, 2018 Dr. Rui Sun joins the Laboratory of Neuroscience for Education

Dr. Rui Sun, PhD in biomedical engineering,  joins the NfE Lab from the Laboratory of Neurorehabilitation and Robotics Laboratory at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Sept. 3, 2018.


Aug 31, 2018 Two visiting undergraduate students successfully completed their summer internship in the Laboratory of Neuroscience for Education

Huihua Zhang, in mechanical engineering, from Shanghai Jiaoda and Yan Yee Lai, in psychology, from City University of Hong Kong receiving their Internship Certificates on Aug 31, 2018.

July 20-21, 2018 Professor Akaysha Tang spoke at Future Computer  Education Summit 2018 by China Computer Federation (CCF)

Prof. Akaysha Tang  was a special guest speaker at the Future Computer Science Education Summit 2018 organized by the China Computer Federation (中国计算机学会)held on July 20 – 21, 2018, Nanjing, China.

July 20, 2018 Professor Akaysha Tang meeting former Vice Minister of Education, Prof. Yu Wei in Beijing

Prof. Akaysha Tang  exchanged perspectives with Prof. Wei about how neuroscience has impacted education in the past two decades and shared recent progresses in EEG-source imaging made by the NfE Lab at the University of Hong Kong.

July 19, 2018 Professor Akaysha Tang visiting Prof. Jiahong Gao’s group at MRI Imaging Research Center, Peking University

Prof. Akaysha Tang  gave an informal lunch time talk on SOBI-aided Source Imaging of the Brain from High Density EEG to  Prof. Gao‘s research group and explored potential collaborations with Prof. Gao, Dr. Julia Zhu, Head of University Relations at Google Cloud AI China Center, and Dr. Junjie Shang, Associate Dean, Graduate School of Education, Peking University.

July 16-18, 2018 Professor Akaysha Tang taught summer school at Peking University

Prof. Akaysha Tang  gave a 3 day course on Science of Learning at the College of Education, Peking University.

July 10, 2018 Professor Akaysha Tang published a popular science paper in the GuangMing Educator

Exploring core capacity for learning through basic neuroscience research.

July 11, 2018 Dr. Eric Tsang joins the Laboratory of Neuroscience for Education

Dr. Eric Tsang, PhD in Medical Sciences,  joins the NfE Lab as a senior research scientist on July 11, 2018.

July 6-8, 2018 Neuroscience and Education Forum hosted by Association of Metropolitan Institutes for Education Research

Prof. Akaysha Tang was a keynote speaker at the Neuroscience and Education Forum hosted by Association of Metropolitan Institutes for Education Research on July 6 – 8, 2018, Qing Dao, China.

July 6-8, 2018 Neuroscience and Education Forum hosted by Association of Metropolitan Institutes for Education Research

Prof. Akaysha Tang was a keynote speaker at the Neuroscience and Education Forum hosted by Association of Metropolitan Institutes for Education Research on July 6 – 8, 2018, Qing Dao, China.

July 3, 2018 Two visiting undergraduate students spend their summer in the Laboratory of Neuroscience for Education

Huihua Zhang, in mechanical engineering, from Shanghai Jiaoda and Yan Yee Lai, in psychology, from City University of Hong Kong joined the NfE Lab as summer interns from July 3 to Aug 31, 2018.


June 30, 2018 Dr. Guang Ouyang, Assistant Professor in NfE Lab, won an ECS grant

Dr. Ouyang’s grant application, entitled “How does non-invasively measured neural activity reflect the learning process and ability” was funded with 732,000 HKD by the Research Grant Council, Hong Kong.

June 30, 2018 Dr. Xiao Hu, Assistant Professor in Faculty of Education, won her GRF grant in collaboration with Prof Akaysha Tang (as Co-I).

Dr. Hu’s grant application, entitled “Leveraging Background Music for Learning: An Interdisciplinary Approach ” was funded with 486,960 HKD by the Research Grant Council, Hong Kong.

June 27, 2018 NfE Lab Seminar Series

Combining Neuroimaging with Neurostimulation: New Frontiers in Cognitive Neuroscience.  Dr. Vince Clark, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of New Mexico, USA

June 5, 2018 NfE Lab Seminar Series

Understanding Eye Movement Patterns in Face Recognition Using Hidden Markov Models Talk.  Dr. Janet H. Hsiao, Ph.D., Associate Professor Department of Psychology, the University of Hong Kong

May 3, 2018 Professor Akaysha giving an invited talk at Beijing Normal University

Professor Tang exchanged research findings with Prof. Sha Tao, at the State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and gave a talk on EEG source imaging using Second Order Blind Identification.

Apr 20-22, 2018 China Computer Federation (CCF) IT Women Elites Conference

Prof. Akaysha Tang was a keynote speaker at the China Computer Federation (CCF) IT Women Elites Conference on April 20 – 22, 2018 in Suzhou, China. Visit here for the report for this conference.

Mar 23-27, 2018 Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) annual meeting

Prof. Akaysha Tang and Dr Ouyang presented three posters in Boston, MA, USA from March 23 -27, 2018:

Poster 1: Novelty enhances temporal precision and reliability of single-trial neuronal source responses

Poster 2:  P300 and oscillatory activity: two expressions of a single novelty response

Poster 3: EEG-Based Source Imaging Revealed Alpha Band Top-Down Modulation of Early Visual Area

Mar 7, 2018 Visit to High-Level Tibetan Buddhism College of China

Prof. Akaysha Tang together with Ven. Sik, Hin Hung, the director of the Centre of Buddhist Studies in HKU and his team visited High-level Tibetan Buddhism College of China on March 7, 2018 to enhance academic cooperation between two institutions.


Feb. 28, 2018 Invited talk at the East China Normal University — EEG Based Brain Imaging for Investigating Learning in the Real World

Prof. Tang was an invited speaker at the College of Data Science and Engineering, East China Normal University on February 28, 2018.

Feb, 2018 NfE Lab is launching its new Doctoral programmes in Neuroscience for Education!

We welcome IT technologists, educators, and policy makers to become our first class of EdD and PhD students! Positions are limited. Please contact Prof Tang at actang@hku.hk for inquiries. To apply, see EdD and PhD.

Feb 8-10, 2018 obal Convergence on the Science of Learning

Prof Tang moderated a focused discussion session on “How can we frame research questions in the Science of Learning that are particularly amenable for convergent science? ” at the Global Convergence on the Science of Learning meeting sponsored by the National Science Foundation, US at Washington DC, from Feb 8 to 10, 2018.=

3 Abstracts accepted to Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting 2018.

3 Abstracts have been submitted to and accepted by Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting 2018.

Poster 1: P300 and theta-band oscillation: two expressions of a single novelty response

Poster 2: Novelty enhances the reliability and timing consistency of neuronal source response

Poster 3: EEG-Based Source Imaging Revealed Lower Beta-Band Top-Down Modulation of Early Visual Areas

Invited talk at Division of Chinese Language and Literature — Neuroscience for Education: what, how and where

Prof Tang gave a talk at Division of Chinese Language and Literature and Center for Advancement of Chinese Language Education and Research, Faculty of Education on Dec 7, 2017.

Poster presentation at Society for Neuroscience 2017

Prof. Akaysha Tang presented two posters (S12214 and S12217) at the 2017 Annual Meeting of Society for Neuroscience.

Invited Round-table at International Science of Learning Symposium in Brazil

Prof. Akaysha Tang attended International Science of Learning Symposium at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from Oct 22 – 25, 2017.

Invited talk at Leipzig

Prof Tang was invited by Prof. Angela D. Friederici, the Director at Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, to give a talk “Driving and being driven—a unique role of right hippocampal dominance in learning-enhanced leftdominance in Broca’s area” at the Institute in Leipzig, Germany.

Poster Presentation at 2017 Annual Meeting of Society for Psychophysiological Research

Prof Akaysha Tang presented a poster at the 2017 Annual Meeting of Society for Psychophysiological Research hosted by Society for Psychophysiological Research in Vienna, Austria on Oct 11 – 14, 2017.

Presentation at NSFC Shuang Qing Forum

Prof Tang gave an invited talk (Click here for talk abstract) at the 186th Shuang Qing Forum, hosted by The Bureau of Science Policy, the Department of Information Science and the Department of Management Science,  National Natural Science Foundation of China. The topic of the forum is Link to the Future:  Education, Technology, and Innovation, in Hangzhou, China on September 18–19, 2017. (click here for press report)

Dr. Ouyang, Guang joins NfE Lab!

Dr. Ouyang Guang joined the NfE Lab in September. Welcome our new team member!

Talk at 2017 International Science of Learning Conference: Recent advances in EEG source imaging and new opportunities for investigating natural reading

Prof. Akaysha Tang gives a seminar on “Recent advances in EEG source imaging and new opportunities for investigating natural reading” at the 2017 International Science of Learning Conference in Brisbane, Australia, on September 18-20th.

The Laboratory of Neuroscience for Education (NfE Lab) offers its first neuroscience course designed for educators, with hands-on experience

Teams of Master of Education students working together to observe brain in action as part of the MEDD 8817: the Learning Brain, offered during the summer of 2017.

Prof. Akaysha Tang receives HK$1,670,000 donation from Sweeting Memorial Fund (including SHAC and UGC Matching Funds)

The Sweeting family has generously pledged a donation of HK$720,000 to the Faculty of Education as a start up capital of the Professor Anthony Edward Sweeting Memorial Fund.  Mrs. Sansan Ching Sweeting recently selected Prof. Akayaha Tang, the Director of the newly established the Laboratory of Neuroscience for Education (NfE Lab) as the recipient of the Sweeting Fund. The fund is to be used to support Prof. Tang’s research on the neuroscience of learning across life span, including both basic and applied research and to provide undergraduate scholarship to outstanding undergraduate students worldwide to work on Junior Year research projects in the NfE Lab.

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Invited talk at Peking University: “Neuroscience for Education: a New Bridge”

Prof. Akaysha Tang gave a seminar on educational neuroscience at the Graduate School of Education, Peking University, Beijing, on July 13, 2017.  Hosted by Dr. Junjie Shang, Vice Dean, Graduate School of Education.

Invited talk at National Science Foundation of China: “Science of Learning and Future Education”

Prof. Akaysha Tang gave a seminar on Science of Learning and discussed with Director and Program Officers of the Bureau of Science Policy, National Science Foundation of China on July 14, 2017.  Hosted by Dr. Yonghe Zheng, Director of the Bureau.

Poster Presentation at 2017 Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping

Prof Akaysha Tang presented a poster at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping  hosted by the Organization for Human Brain Mapping in Vancouver, Canada on June 25-29, 2017.

Invited talk at the Workshop on Brain Signal Variability: EEG-based Brain Source Imaging and Neurotechnology for Learning

Prof Akaysha Tang gave a talk at the Workshop on Brain Signal Variability, hosted by the Institute of Creativity, the Hong Kong Baptist University on  July 31, 2017.

News: The Establishment of Division of Educational Neuroscience, Chinese Society for Cognitive Science (5-5-2017)

The Establishment of Division of Educational Neuroscience, Chinese Society for Cognitive Science

NfE Seminar: Diffuse Optical Imaging Methodologies for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Dr. Rob J Cooper

University College London, London · Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering

Newborn infants are extremely vulnerable to a range of brain injuries that can result in significant and life-long disability.  While neonatal medicine has dramatically improved the survival rates of preterm and brain-injured infants, the proportion of these infants that suffer neuro-disabilities has remained stubbornly high.  Despite significant advances in medical technologies, there remain very few tools that provide doctors with a direct measure of infant brain state at the cot-side.

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NfE Seminar: A computational model of stress and stress hormone regulation

Professor Maria-Rita Rosaria D’Orsogna

California State University Northridge, Mathematics Department, Institute for Sustainability

The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is a neuroendocrine system that regulates numerous physiological processes and plays an important role in learning and memory.  Disruptions in its activity are correlated with stress-related diseases such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), typically characterized by low basal CORT levels. We introduce a mathematical model consisting of a set of coupled ordinary differential equations to describe the dynamics of the major hormones regulated by the HPA axis, including corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH), adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and cortisol (CORT).

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NfE Seminar: Speech comprehension as a real-time process: Neurobiological, Evolutionary and Cross-linguistic Challenge

William Marslen-Wilson, Honorary Professor of Language and Cognition

University of Cambridge, Dept of Psychology, Centre for Speech, Language and the Brain

Human speech comprehension is a process remarkable for its immediacy and rapidity.  The listener interprets an incrementally delivered auditory input, on time scales of around 200-250 msec, in terms of a complex multi-level representation of relevant linguistic knowledge, modulated by the pragmatic context of speaking and more general knowledge of the world. Here we consider what is required to construct an explanatory neurobiological account of this remarkable human-unique set of capacities. We argue that such an account will have three main components. The first focuses on the real-time flow of neuro-computational activity that underpins the comprehension process. To answer the critical whatwhen, and where questions about this process requires the use of imaging techniques that can provide spatio-temporally resolved data about this neural activity, combined with multivariate analysis techniques.

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NfE Seminar: Making sense of speech by chunking

Anna Mauranen, Prof. of Engish, Vice Rector, University of Helsinki    

Humans make sense of speech much in the same way as they make sense of other kinds of information: by chunking it up into manageable units.  How the human brain carries out this processing remains unclear.  This talk presents  empirical evidence regarding the nature of intuitive chunking, specifically how chunking is related to the understanding of meaning.  The  participants listened to short audio clips of natural language interaction and were asked to mark boundaries between chunks while listening and answer a comprehension question after each clip.

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NfE Seminar: Transforming negative emotion via religious chanting

Dr. Junling Gao was a clinical neurologist trained in the  Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. He received his Ph.D in Neurology from the Medical School, the University of Hong Kong, for work on dementia using neuroimaging methods. He also received a Master degree in Buddhists Studies from the Faculty of Social Sciences, the University of Hong Kong. Combing his clinical and religious studies training, he has been working as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center of Buddhists Studies. His main research focus is on neuroimaging study of meditation, or in a broader sense, mental exercise.

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